An exceptionally rare foliate rim dish decorated in white slip with relief dragon and clouds on a cobalt-blue glaze, Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). Photo courtesy Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art Ltd.

40.5cm diameter

This previously unknown dish is one of only three large dishes of this type known to exist, making it extremely rare and the only one on the market. The two other dishes are in museum collections; one preserved in the Ardabil Shrine, now in the National Museum of Iran, and one is in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul.

Provenance: From the estate of Waltraud Hentschel, the wife of Jack Ellis, Member of Parliament in Ontario, Canada. By descent from the estate of her mother, Sophia Johanne Hentschel

Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art Ltd (stand 269) at TEFAF 2014. 14-23 march 2014 - http://www.tefaf.com/