A small blue and white 'Dragon' jar, mark and period of Wanli

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Lot 3123. A small blue and white 'Dragon' jar, mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620); diameter approx. 8.5 cm., 3 3/8  in. Estimate 250,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 525,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

the compressed globular body decorated in soft shades of cobalt with a pair of scaly dragons striding among flowers in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', above four evenly spread rocky outcrops rising from a turbulent sea, all between a border of upright lappets skirting the base and a band of foliate scrolls encircling the rim, the recessed base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark.

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