A blue and white meiping. Ming dynasty, 16th century. Photo: Sotheby's

the slightly spreading foot, rising to a rounded shoulder and short narrow neck, painted with a central band of two peacocks amongst rockwork and foliage, between a band of shaped panels of lotus on a diaper ground at the shoulder and a band of ascending leaves at the foot; 36cm., 14 1/4 in. Estimate 6,000—8,000 GBP. Lot Sold 11,875 GBP

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 10 Nov 10, London www.sothebys.com