A celadon-ground iron-red 'phoenix medallion' bowl. Jiaqing seal mark and period. Photo Sotheby's

with rounded sides rising from a straight foot to an everted rim, the exterior decorated with five phoenix roundels, the phoenix with stylized heads and tails curled underneath, with one further roundel in the center of the interior, seal mark in underglaze blue. Diameter 5 5/8 in., 14.2 cm. Estimation: 15,000 - 20,000 USD. Lot. Vendu 22,500 USD

PROVENANCE: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 15th-16th November 1988, lot 248.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York | 11 sept. 2012 www.sothebys.com