Lot 2214. A fine and rare small yellow-ground blue and white bowl, Wanli six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1573-1619); 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 180,000 - HKD 220,000. Price realised HKD 400,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2012
The bowl is finely potted with rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim, painted in rich cobalt-blue with a dragon in the central medallion, surrounded on the well with a pair of phoenix divided by cloud-scrolls, the exterior with a continuous floral scroll, all against a lemon-yellow ground, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: A Japanese private collection
Sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 October 2003, lot 615.
Note: Small bowls of such pattern on a yellow ground appear to be very rare. A blue and white example with similar decoration was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20 November 1984, lot 331. Another larger example (16 cm.) with wucai decoration is illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection Catalogue, vol. II, Geneva, 1969, pl. 196.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2012