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An Yijun stoneware lotus-shaped box and cover. Late Ming dynasty. Photo Bonhams

Of circular form supported on a short tapered foot, naturalistically moulded as a lotus flower with petals radiating out from the centre of the box and cover, covered all over with a pale lavender-blue glaze mottled to a beige-white, the burnt footring revealing the brownish-red body. 6.2cm diam. (2). Sold for HK$100,000

明晚期 紫泥宜均印盒

Provenance 來源:Montague M. Meyer collection, number 404 (affixed label)
Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection

In form, glaze and style of moulding, this rare box and cover is closely related to the Yijun lotus-shaped dish preserved in the Palace Museum of Beijing, illustrated in Yixing Zisha Wares in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2009, pl. 6; and another rare example in this collection, offered as lot 238.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 28 Nov 2011. Hong Kong www.bonhams.com