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Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. Mark on base. Pair with A793. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. Mark on base. Pair with A793. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies between parallel blue lines. Similar scrolling lilies inside and stylised flowerhead in double circle in the centre. Inscription on base. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies between parallel blue lines. Similar scrolling lilies inside and stylised flowerhead in double circle in the centre. Inscription on base. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides, straight rim, and tapering footring. Red overglaze enamel decoration. Peach tree with linzhi fungus within a double-circled roundel on inside centre. Four fruiting peach branches on exterior; petal band above the footring. Mark on base in red enamel. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides, straight rim, and tapering footring. Red overglaze enamel decoration. Peach tree with linzhi fungus within a double-circled roundel on inside centre. Four fruiting peach branches on exterior; petal band above the footring. Mark on base in red enamel. (Ming dynasty)

Stemmed porcelain bowl with rounded body. Form based on ancient bronze dou. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies above petals rising from the base. Lotus roundel in a double circle inside. Horizontal inscription below external mouth rim. (Ming dynasty)

Stemmed porcelain bowl with rounded body. Form based on ancient bronze dou. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies above petals rising from the base. Lotus roundel in a double circle inside. Horizontal inscription below external mouth rim. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue on the inside with a crane perched on a rock under a pine tree in double circle. Carved scrolling peonies and leaves on the outside. Inscription on base. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue on the inside with a crane perched on a rock under a pine tree in double circle. Carved scrolling peonies and leaves on the outside. Inscription on base. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. Mark on base. Pair with A793.

Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. Mark on base. Pair with A793.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, everted rim and high, slightly flaring foot. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Chrysanthemum and lotus scrolls on the outside, and a single chrysanthemum spray in a double ring inside. Mark on base. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, everted rim and high, slightly flaring foot. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Chrysanthemum and lotus scrolls on the outside, and a single chrysanthemum spray in a double ring inside. Mark on base. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain dish with rounded sides, slightly everted rim, and low, wide foot. Turquoise, green, aubergine and yellow on-biscuit enamels. Two incised five-clawed dragons on inside centre between waves and clouds in a double circle. Six incised dragons roundels around the walls, with fruit and flower sprays on the exterior. Mark on base in brown. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain dish with rounded sides, slightly everted rim, and low, wide foot. Turquoise, green, aubergine and yellow on-biscuit enamels. Two incised five-clawed dragons on inside centre between waves and clouds in a double circle. Six incised dragons roundels around the walls, with fruit and flower sprays on the exterior. Mark on base in brown. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl with slightly rounded sides, straight rim and high, straight foot. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Three phoenixes flying among peony scrolls on the outside, and a roundel containing a floral spray in a double ring in the centre inside. Inscription on base. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl with slightly rounded sides, straight rim and high, straight foot. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Three phoenixes flying among peony scrolls on the outside, and a roundel containing a floral spray in a double ring in the centre inside. Inscription on base. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and everted rim, with a slightly tapered footring deeply undercut inside. Overglaze red, green, yellow, purplish brown and turquoise enamels. Man on a flowery bank with a waterfall within a double circle on inside centre; three men on horseback and a boy servant heading towards a pavillion amid stars and clouds on exterior. Mark on base in overglaze red. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and everted rim, with a slightly tapered footring deeply undercut inside. Overglaze red, green, yellow, purplish brown and turquoise enamels. Man on a flowery bank with a waterfall within a double circle on inside centre; three men on horseback and a boy servant heading towards a pavillion amid stars and clouds on exterior. Mark on base in overglaze red. (Ming dynasty)

A Copper-Red-Glazed Bowl With deep rounded side and covered inside and out with a vibrant red glaze with incised twin dragons. Ming Dynasty, Chenghua Six Character Mark within Double Squares, and of the Period Diameter: 4¼ in (10.8 cm) Height: 2 in (5.1 cm)

A Copper-Red-Glazed Bowl With deep rounded side and covered inside and out with a vibrant red glaze with incised twin dragons. Ming Dynasty, Chenghua Six Character Mark within Double Squares, and of the Period Diameter: 4¼ in (10.8 cm) Height: 2 in (5.1 cm)

Large porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds. Stylised cloud form in a double circle inside, with classic scrolls around the rim. Inscription on base.

Large porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds. Stylised cloud form in a double circle inside, with classic scrolls around the rim. Inscription on base.

Square porcelain bowl with flared sides and everted rim. Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, aubergine and black enamels. Double square on inside centre enclosing a character, band of fungus scroll just below the rim. Red outlined panel on exterior with children at play in a landscape, with floral motifs. Classic scroll band in red at the rim, enclosed by blue parallel lines. Mark on base in underglaze blue. (Ming dynasty)

Square porcelain bowl with flared sides and everted rim. Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, aubergine and black enamels. Double square on inside centre enclosing a character, band of fungus scroll just below the rim. Red outlined panel on exterior with children at play in a landscape, with floral motifs. Classic scroll band in red at the rim, enclosed by blue parallel lines. Mark on base in underglaze blue. (Ming dynasty)

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling hibiscus flowers with star-shaped leaves around outside and similar band around inside cavetto. Roundel in centre with large flower head in double circle. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling hibiscus flowers with star-shaped leaves around outside and similar band around inside cavetto. Roundel in centre with large flower head in double circle. Inscription on base.

Porcelain pear-shaped double vase with openwork and green glaze. This pear-shaped double vase has a tall narrow flared neck and raised foot ring; the base is partially glazed, the foot ring and inside are fully glazed with a crackled glassy broad-bean-coloured glaze. The exterior of the vase is incised with a key-fret border around the thickly potted everted foot. 340mm tall, c.1522-1620, Ming dynasty,  ...cont'd

Porcelain pear-shaped double vase with openwork and green glaze. This pear-shaped double vase has a tall narrow flared neck and raised foot ring; the base is partially glazed, the foot ring and inside are fully glazed with a crackled glassy broad-bean-coloured glaze. The exterior of the vase is incised with a key-fret border around the thickly potted everted foot. 340mm tall, c.1522-1620, Ming dynasty, ...cont'd

Bowl. Character. Made of blue underglaze ceramic, porcelain.  Porcelain provincial blue and white bowl decorated with the character xi [hapiness], repeated three times around the outside, cupped by foliage with the character wan, a symbol encompassing all that is positive and good, in between. Inside is a hastily written four-character Chenghua mark in a double square.  Cup. Man on a river. Made of blue underglaze ceramic, porcelain.

Bowl. Character. Made of blue underglaze ceramic, porcelain. Porcelain provincial blue and white bowl decorated with the character xi [hapiness], repeated three times around the outside, cupped by foliage with the character wan, a symbol encompassing all that is positive and good, in between. Inside is a hastily written four-character Chenghua mark in a double square. Cup. Man on a river. Made of blue underglaze ceramic, porcelain.