A blue and white circular box and cover, Jiajing mark and period. Photo: Sotheby's

the upper surface of the cover painted with a frontal five-claw dragon flying amongst cloud scrolls and flames, above a band of two striding dragons, pursuing flaming pearls, with a similar band to the side of the base; 19.2cm., 7 3/4 in. Estimate 8,000—12,000 GBP. Lot Sold 10,000 GBP

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