A large blue and white 'Deer' dish, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620)

Lot 124. A large blue and white 'Deer' dish, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620); 43.7 cm, 17 1/4  in. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 GBP. Lot Sold 6,250 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.

painted to the interior with a central roundel enclosing five deer amidst blossoming flowers and leafy foliage issuing from rockworks, with a wide band of further blossoming flowers and rockworks in the cavetto, the reverse decorated with birds on branches and lingzhi sprays .

From an Italian collection.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 16 May 2018, 10:30 AM