A blue and white 'Dragon and Fish' bowl, mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566)

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Lot 3120. A blue and white 'Dragon and Fish' bowl, mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566); 13.8 cm., 5 3/8  in. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 525,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

the deep rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot to a gently lipped rim, freely painted in shaded tones of cobalt, the interior with a central medallion enclosing an en face five-clawed dragon writhing among foliate lotus within a double line-border, below a band enclosing a dragon and a phoenix alternating with lotus sprays on the interior rim, the exterior with a variety of fish, leaping or swimming among pondweed and lotus, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within double circles.

Provenance: A private Japanese collection.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 08 april 2013