Lot 432. A cloisonné enamel 'dragon and phoenix' tripod charger, Ming dynasty, late 16th century; 44.5cm., 17 1/2 in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 32,450 GBP. © Sotheby's.

the shallow sides rising from three gilt-bronze ruyi feet to a broad everted rim, brightly decorated to the central medallion with a dragon and phoenix in flight amongst clouds contesting a flaming pearl, all surrounded by meandering lotus and floral scrolls repeated on the exterior and the base.

NoteA closely related charger from the Robert H. Clague collection was included in the exhibition Chinese Cloisonné. The Clague Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, 1980, cat.no. 19; and another was included in the exhibition, Chinesisches Cloisonné. Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry,  Museum Reitberg, Zurich, 1985, cat.no. 121.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 7 November 2012