A blue and white pilgrim flask for the Portuguese Market, Ming Dynasty, 16th century

Lot 329. A blue and white pilgrim flask for the Portuguese Market, Ming Dynasty, 16th century; 30.5cm., 12in. Estimate 20,000 - 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 25,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's

the flattened circular body rising from a spreading foot to a tall waisted neck, painted to the front face with the arms of Philip II of Spain enclosed by leafy floral sprays, the reverse with butterflies hovering amongst floral sprays issuing from rockwork, the sides with scrolling lotus, decorated with further floral sprays at the neck

Provenance: A Japanese Private Collection.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. London, 07 nov. 2012