A blue and white sheng vase. Jiajing underglaze blue six-character mark and of the period (1522-1566). photo Christie's Ltd 2010

The lower body of tapering square sectioned form painted with qilin roundels, the upper body of globular form with flowering lilies and peonies issuing from rockwork and surrounded by flying insects - 12 5/8in. (32cm.) high, Japanese box and cover. Est. £6,000 - £8,000 ($8,928 - $11,904) Price Realized £20,000 ($29,180)


A blue and white 'dragon' dish. Wanli underglaze blue six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619). photo Christie's Ltd 2010

Decorated to the interior with a medallion enclosing a dragon on a ground of crested waves, the exterior with a frieze of eight smaller dragons, reserved on a matching ground of waves - 7 5/8in. (19.3cm.) diam. Est. £8,000 - £10,000 ($11,904 - $14,880) Price Realized £17,500 ($25,533)

Provenance: The Property of a Far Eastern Collector.
The Cull Collection sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20 November 1984, lot 326.


A blue and white stemcup. Ming dynasty (1368-1644). photo Christie's Ltd 2010

Painted with roundels of peony and lotus sprays separated by cloud scrolls, the interior with a central peony spray, anhua decoration of scrolling flowers to the sides - 4¼in. (10.8cm.) high. Est. £2,000 - £3,000 ($2,976 - $4,464) Price Realized £3,500 ($5,107)


A blue and white jar. Late Ming dynasty (1368-1644). photo Christie's Ltd 2010

Painted to the body with small groups of conversing figures, each bearing a banner, surrounded by plantain and rockwork 6 8½in. (21.6cm.) high. Est. £2,500 - £3,000 ($3,720 - $4,464) Price Realized £2,750 ($4,102)

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 11 May 2010. London, King Street www.christies.com