A pair of yellow-glazed incised saucer dishes. Kangxi six-character marks in brown within a double circle and of the period (1662-1722) Image Christie's Ltd 2009

Each with shallow rounded sides and incised in the center with two dragons contesting a flaming pearl, the exterior incised with four cranes alternating with ruyi-shaped clouds, all within brown line borders under a pale yellow glaze, the base left in the biscuit. 5 9/16 in. (14.2 cm.) diam. (2) Est. $4,000 - $6,000

Provenance: C. Edward Wells, Bridgewater, Connecticut, 1963.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. 14 September 2009. New York, Rockefeller Plaza www.christies.com