Lot 1189. Two blue and white dishes, Guangxu six-character marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1875-1908); Both 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 6,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012
One dish is decorated on the interior with a pair of stylized phoenixes confronted amidst clouds, and on the exterior with a pair of similar phoenixes in flight. The other dish is decorated on the interior with a dragon leaping amidst flames in pursuit of a flaming pearl, and on the exterior with a pair of dragons at similar pursuit.