Jiajing bowls of this pattern with one dragon, one crane and a pair of phoenixes are extremely rare and only three other examples are recorded. A pair was sold at Christie's London, 10 June 1991, lot 119 and another from the George de Menasce collection was exhibited at the Marco Polo Seventh Centenary Exhibition, Venice, 1954, Catalogue no. 715.
Cf. related yellow and green Jiajing marked bowls such as the one decorated with a pair of dragons in the Mus/aee Guimet illustrated by Lion-Goldschmidt, La Porcelaine Ming, Fribourg, 1978, pl. 145; and the square bowls decorated with phoenixes and cranes such as the examples illustrated in Selected Masterpieces of Oriental Ceramics from the Matsuoka Museum of Art, Catalogue, Tokyo, 1984, col. pl. 67; cf. duBoulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, London, 1984, p. 163, col. pl. 3; and another sold at Christie's London, 6 December 1993, lot 84.