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A RARE WUCAI SQUARE BOX AND COVER
MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI
the vessel of cubic form, raised on a short tapered foot, rising to a straight mouth with an inner lip, boldly painted on each side in the wucai palette with a rectangular panel of a full frontal ferocious leaping dragon, encircling around a 'flaming pearl' amongst swirling clouds, turbulent waves and craggy rocks, all below a multicolour key-fret band at the mouth, the countersunk base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark, the fitted cover similarly decorated with two sinuous dragons competing for a 'flaming pearl', all enclosed by a border of meandering foliage, surmounted by a cobalt-blue lion in high relief
15 cm., 5 7/8 in.
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相關資料

Wanli boxes of square section are rare and this box is unusual for its vibrant dragon decoration. Compare a Wanli box of this form, enamelled with scenes of boys at play, published in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 11, Tokyo, 1955, fig. 169; another from the Manno Art Museum, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28th October 2002, lot 553; and a third example sold in our London rooms, 15th December 1981, lot 209.

Compare blue and white decorated boxes of this square form, also with a Wanli reign mark and of the period, such as one painted with boys, sold in our London rooms, 15th April 1980, lot 260; and another picturing birds amongst trees, also sold in our London rooms, 17th July 1995, lot 57. A square Jiajing box is illustrated in The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics, Shanghai, 1999, pl. 179.

Wanli wucai boxes of this size and decoration are known in various forms; for example see a barrel-shaped box published in The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 13, Shanghai, 1999, pl. 120; and a tall five-lobed box in the Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo, included in the exhibition Imperial Overglaze-Enamelled Wares in the Late Ming Dynasty, Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 1995, cat. no. 29.

中國瓷器及工藝品

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