A large white-glazed incised bowl, underglaze-blue Jiajing six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1522-1566)

Lot 52. A large white-glazed incised bowl, underglaze-blue Jiajing six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1522-1566); 11 5/8 in. (29.7 cm.) diamEstimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000. Price realised GBP 16,730. © Christie's Images Ltd 2004

With deep rounded sides rising from a tapering foot to a flaring rim, freely incised with anhua decoration around the exterior with two striding five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls amidst cloud scrolls, above lotus petals around the base, the centre of the interior with a central dragon, covered overall in a white glaze of pale grey tone stopping neatly around the foot

Provenance: E. T. Hall Collection, no. 228

Note: Cf. a Jiajing bowl of this rare large size, and also decorated with dragons, sold in Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 November, 1976, lot 460.

Christie's. Chinese Monochrome Porcelain from the Collection of the late E. T. Hall, London, 7 June 2004