A pair of small blue and white dishes, late Ming dynasty, circa 1625

Lot 1181. A pair of small blue and white dishes, late Ming dynasty, circa 16256 3/8 in. (16.1 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 12,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The center of each is decorated with a prunus tree beneath a small crescent moon, below a band of Tibetan characters on the everted rim, which is decorated on the underside with a band of classic scroll above a frieze of floral meander on the shallow rounded sides. An apocryphal Xuande mark is on the base.

Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.
The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned 1962.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 21 - 22 March 2013, New York, Rockefeller Center