10 mai 2009

A rare blue and white 'elephant and lion' dish. Ming dynasty, 16th century

A rare blue and white 'elephant and lion' dish. Ming dynasty, 16th century the rounded sides rising from a short tapering foot to an everted rim, painted in rich cobalt-blue tones to the interior with a medallion enclosing a large Buddhist lion and elephant, encircled in the well by four prunus sprays, the exterior with three stylised floral sprays above a classic scroll band. 42.5cm., 16 3/4 in. Est. 7,000—9,000 GBP NOTE: A slightly smaller dish of closely related design, in the Ardebil Shrine, is illustrated in John... [Lire la suite]