A large blue and white 'Dragon' dish, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522-1566)

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Lot 15. A large blue and white 'Dragon' dish, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522-1566). 20 in. (50.8 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000Price realised GBP 30,000. © Christies Images Ltd 2017

The dish is decorated to the interior with a sinuous five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl amongst scrolling clouds and scattered flames. The exterior is similarly decorated with two horizontal striding dragons, with the Jiajing reign mark in a line just below the rim. The base is unglazed.

Provenance: Important European Private Collection.

Christies. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 7 November 2017, London