A rare large wucai box and cover, Wanli six character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period

Lot 3113. A rare large wucai box and cover, Wanli six character mark  in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619); 10 ¼ in. (26 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 80,000 – USD 120,000Price realised USD 209,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The cover is decorated below the lotus bud finial with a band of radiating iron-red petal lappets and a continuous scene of scholars and attendants above a band of birds and butterflies amidst fruiting and flowering branches extending from either side of blue rocks on the sides. The sides of the bowl are decorated with three five-clawed dragons striding in pursuit of flaming pearls above a band of blossoms floating on waves on the foot and below a composite floral meander at the rim, Japanese double wood boxes.

Provenance: Private collection, Osaka, Japan, acquired in the early 20th century.

Exhibited: Marchant & Son, Ming Porcelain, London, November 2009, no. 43.

Notes: A wucai box of similar form with dragon and phoenix decoration in the Tokyo National Museum is illustrated inOriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. I, Tokyo National Museum, 1982, no. 127. Another wucaicircular dragon box and cover is illustrated by Klaus-Peter Arnold in Chinesisches Porzellan der Ming Dynastie, 14. bis 17. Jahrhundert, Dresden, 1987, no. 82, col. pl.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 15 - 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza