Lot 16. A rare blue and white 'dragon' jar, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619); 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000 (USD 9,968 - USD 14,952). Price realised GBP 10,625. © Christie's Images Ltd 2016.
The globular jar is decorated around the exterior with four shaped cartouches divided by scrolling flowers and foliage, each enclosing a five-clawed scaly dragon amidst stylised clouds.
Note: See a similar Wanli mark and period blue and white jar which was sold at Sotheby's London, 10 November 2010, lot 27.
A blue and white jar, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619); 19.5cm., 7 5/8 in. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 85,250 GBP at Sotheby’s London, 10 November 2010, lot 27. Photo: Sotheby's.
the baluster body rising from a recessed base to a short waisted rim, painted around the exterior with four arched panels of frontal facing five-clawed dragons writhing amongst flame scrolls, all between a lappet collar at the shoulder and a band of stiff leaves at the base.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8 November 2016, London, King Street