LOT 29 – £20,000-30,000

A rare Ming dynasty Xuande mark and period blue and white dice bowl, heavily potted, the exterior finely painted with two five-clawed dragons among cloud below a border of foaming waves, a lappet band below, the undecorated interior with central six-character mark within a double circle and with a double line border at the rim, the slightly recessed base unglazed, 26 – 27cm across.

Labels:  John Sparks Ltd; Oriental Ceramics Society 1948 Exhibition item 81;
Venice 1954 Exhibition item 647;  references 35/22, No. 3, and 77;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL223.

Condition:  slightly misshapen, slight pitting, interior and rim abraded, small glaze chips and larger ground-out chips to inner rim, slight glaze chips and large
ground-out chip to outer rim, slight fire crack to rim.

Note:  Other examples were sold at Christie’s London, 18 June 2002, lot 187, and at
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 10 April 2006, lot 1659; and a further example was offered at
Christie’s New York, 22 March 2007, lot 299.

罕见明宣德年间标志青花骰子碗。口径 26到27厘米。