A metal-mounted wucai sweetmeat box The porcelain mark and period of Wanli, the European mounts later | 明萬曆 五彩花鳥紋攢盤《大明萬曆年製》款
5,000 - 8,000 GBP
5,000 - 8,000 GBP
A metal-mounted wucai sweetmeat box
The porcelain mark and period of Wanli, the European mounts later
the interior modelled with a central floral compartment encircled by six radiating sections, each painted with pairs of birds, perched and in flight, on fruiting trees issuing from rockwork, the exterior similarly decorated above a classic scroll band at the short straight foot, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within a double circle in underglaze blue
Diameter including mount 23.5 cm, 9¼ in.
Examined with mounts attached: one of walls of the central compartment has a hairline crack which extends circa 1.5cm., on the base to either side, fritting to the top edge of the central compartment, overpainting to the foot disappearing under the metal mount, minor firing cracks to the outside edges of the radiating compartments, and rubbing and loss to the iron-red decoration.
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