A rare incised white-glazed 'crashing waves' jar, guan, Incised Jiajing six-character mark and of the period

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Lot 141. A rare incised white-glazed 'crashing waves' jar, guan, Incised Jiajing six-character mark and of the period (1522-1566), 28.8cm (11 3/8in) high. Estimate £15,000 - 20,000 (€18,000 - 24,000). Photo: Bonhams.

Of ovoid form rising to high shoulders surmounted by a waisted neck and slightly flared lipped rim, the main register incised with crashing waves framed by double lines, between the shoulder with a band of ruyi lappets, and a foliate lingzhi fungi scroll above the foot, the neck similarly incised with crashing waves, the underside with the incised mark within double circles, covered overall with white glaze, stopping short of the foot ring.

Provenance: a British private collection, and thence by descent

NoteThe present lot is a rare example of Imperial incised white glazed wares produced during the Jiajing period, with a number of extant examples preserved in museum and important private collections. See a related incised white glazed jar, incised Jiajing mark and of the period, decorated with floral scrolls and waves, illustrated in Enlightening Elegance: Imperial Porcelain of the Mid to Late Ming, The Huaihaitang Collection, Hong Kong, 2012, pl.14; compare also with a related white glazed jar, Jiajing, but unmarked, incised with dragons, illustrated by J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p.217, pl.9:2.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 11 May 2017, 11:00 BST, LONDON, NEW BOND STREET