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An incised green and yellow 'dragon' dish, Jiajing six-character mark and of the period

The exterior finely incised with two sinuous dragons chasing flaming pearls, the interior with a central medallion enclosing a full-faced dragon amidst cloud scrolls, all on a green ground stopping short of the base. 19.7cm (7¾in) diam. Sold for £27,600

Provenance: R.H.R.Palmer, collection label no.345.
Palmer Inventory no.345, where it is stated that the dish was purchased in November 1934 for £50.

Exhibited: Sassoon 1933.

Exhibited: The Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1950, Polychrome Porcelain of the Ming and Manchu Dynasties, exhibition label no.112.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 14 May 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com