A large blue and white 'dragon' dish, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double-circle and of the period (1573-1619)

A large blue and white 'dragon' dish, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double-circle and of the period (1573-1619)Estimate $40,000 – $60,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The interior of the dish is decorated in the center with two confronted, five-clawed dragons leaping amidst flames and clouds in pursuit of a flaming pearl below two pairs of further dragons at a similar pursuit in the well. The exterior is decorated with a band of lotus scroll. 15 ¼ in. (38.3 cm.) diam

Notes: An almost identical Wanli-marked dish from the Alfred E. Guntermann Collection was sold at Christie's New York, 18-19 September 2014, lot 847.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 15 - 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza