A CHINESE WUCAI CIRCULAR ‘DRAGON AND PHOENIX’ INKSTONE AND COVER.
Ming Dynasty, Wanli period, or later.
Decorated to the cover with a dragon and a phoenix amongst flowers and fire wisps, the sides with further dragons and phoenix birds, a six character Wanli mark to the base and a paper label for Martin Hurst Collection, 18cm diameter. (2)
Provenance: Martin Hurst collection label.
For a closely related larger inkstone and cover from Wanli era see Chinese Ceramics, Qing Dynasty, p.382.