A very rare blue and white 'Mythical Beasts' dish 万历款及时期青花"神兽"盘


12.000 - 16.000


5 December 2023


Wanli mark and period (1573-1620)
With shallow rounded sides and painted in vibrant shades of cobalt blue. The central medallion depicting a scene of three qilins and a tiger within a landscape, with a dragon above, emerging from rockwork beneath ruyi-shaped clouds. All encircled by a continuous border depicting a lotus pound with ducks, cranes and other birds. The underside with six branches of pomegranate, persimmon, peach, morning glory, hibiscus and prunus.

Diam.: 15,9 cm


Asian Art

Additional Information

A dish with identical decoration, formerly from the Riesco Collection, was included in the Oriental Ceramic Society Exhibition, 'Loan Exhibition of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain 14th to 19th Centuries,' London, 1953/1954, no. 173;
Another identical dish was auctioned by Sotheby's on September 11, 2019, 'A Noble Pursuit: Important Chinese and Korean Art from a Japanese Private Collection,' lot 501.

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