A BLUE AND WHITE DISH MING DYNASTY, WANLI PERIOD
3,000 - 5,000 USD
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painted in vivid tones of underglaze blue with a qilin supporting on its back an elaborate canopied lantern, flanked by two male attendants, framed within a double-line border, the rim with a band of scrolling lotus and foliage, the underside with four precious objects divided by lanterns, the base with a four-character Da Ming nian zhi mark within a double circle
Compare a slightly larger dish of this type sold in our London rooms, 6th June 1967, lot 144. Another, with a Wanli reign mark, sold in the same rooms, 12th November 2003, lot 155. This design is also found in wucai, see one example illustrated in Bo Gyllensvard, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 850, and a pair sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th November 2016, lot 3399.