A rare blue and white Ewer and Cover. Ming Dynasty, 15th century. Photo Christies Ltd 2011

The ovoid body with tall flaring neck, slender S-scroll faceted spout and C-scroll handle, painted to the body with a wide band depicting an Immortal and attendant seated on rockwork below bamboo and weeping willow among clouds, the reverse with a figure on horseback with boy attendant carrying lanterns suspended from a pole, the neck with two phoenix in flight among clouds, all between borders of stiff leaves and classic scroll to the neck and a band of lappets to the foot, the handle and spout with interspersed pearls and flames, the cover in the form of a flowerhead; 10¼ in. (26 cm.) high. Estimate £25,000 - £35,000 ($41,775 - $58,485)

Provenance: Formerly from the collection of Dr. Yamashita, 1920s.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art , 10 May 2011. London, King Street www.christies.com