A rare and large Chinese porcelain blue and white bowl painted on the exterior with a dragon and phoenix bird amongst stylised flames, waves and flower sprays, the interior painted with a bird perched on rockwork amongst flowers encircled by a wide band of different flower sprays beneath butterflies in flight, blue glazed washed rim.

14 7/8 inches, 37.7 cm diameter

Wanli, 1573-1619.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a French private collection.
  • Bowls with this design are particularly rare, very few appear recorded.


Condition: rim frits and natural glaze shrinkage on the well of interior.