1048
1048
A RARE WUCAI CIRCULAR BOX AND MATCHED COVER

MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI

Estimate
900,0001,200,000
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1048
A RARE WUCAI CIRCULAR BOX AND MATCHED COVER

MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI

Estimate
900,0001,200,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A RARE WUCAI CIRCULAR BOX AND MATCHED COVER

MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI

well potted with rounded sides supported by a wide foot, the exterior painted in varying tones of underglaze-blue, iron-red, pale yellow, brown and green enamels with five five-clawed dragons each in pursuit of a flaming pearl, above a band of waves punctuated by florets at the foot, and below an undulating leafy floral band at the rim, the domed cover with a band painted with birds and butterflies flying amid two rockwork mounds issuing flowering and fruiting peach sprigs, encircling a central panel painted with six figures in a garden setting beneath pine clusters, set in the centre with a knop upon a raised lappet border, the base inscribed with the six-character mark in underglaze-blue within a double circle
Quantity: 2
diameter 25.8cm., 10 3/16 in.
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Catalogue Note

The present box is among the finest wucai wares of the Wanli period. It is rare for its decoration and for being complete with its cover. Only three other boxes with this figure design, with slight variations, are known; one sold in our London rooms, 15th July 1957, lot 186; one at Christie's London, 11th December 1989, lot 203, and again 12th July 2005, lot 87; and a third example sold in our London rooms, 8th December 1992, lot 242, and again, 27th April 2003, lot 230.

Wanli wucai boxes of this form were more commonly painted with flora and fauna and in some cases with a pair of dragons confined to the inner ring on the lid; for an example see a box, from the Idemitsu collection, included in the exhibition In Pursuit of the Dragon. Traditions and Transitions in Ming Ceramics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1988, p. 131, cat.no. 64.

 

 

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