Lot 501. A pair of underglaze-blue and yellow-enameled 'crane' dishes, Jiajing marks and period (1522-1566). Diameter 5 1/2 in., 14 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 15,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
each with low rounded sides set over a tapered foot and rising to an everted rim, the interior centered with four cranes in flight amidst wisps of clouds all within a double circle, the motif repeated around the exterior with eight cranes, the negative space on both sides in yellow overglaze enamel, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue (2).
Provenance: Collection of Stephen Junkunc III (d. 1978).