MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAJING
Two closely related examples, of slightly larger proportions, were sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28th November 2005, lot 1424, and the other, 19th March 1991, lot 530. For a slightly smaller Wanli bowl of this form and decoration, but the interior rim decorated with a dragon and phoenix pursuing a flaming pearl, and a dragon medallion to the centre, see one sold in these rooms, 26th October 2003, lot 122.
A small Jiajing bowl of this form and similar design was sold in these rooms, 21st May 1984, lot 47; and another, but with rounded sides and a variation of the decorative scheme, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27th November 2007, lot 1744.
'Fish and waterweed' designs were first employed as early as 1350 during the Yuan dynasty on blue and white dishes; for example see one illustrated in Margaret Medley, Yuan Porcelain and Stoneware, London, 1974, pp. 37-45; and a 'Guan' jar sold at Christie's London, 8th June 1987, lot 160.
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