A rare blue and white ‘fruits and flowers’ box and cover, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1522-1566

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Lot 3192. A rare blue and white ‘fruits and flowers’ box and cover, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1522-1566), 6 7/8 in. (17.3 cm.) diam.  Estimate HKD 350,000 - HKD 550,000 (USD 45,134 - USD 70,925). Price realised HKD 562,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The centre of the domed cover is finely painted with seven various floral and fruiting sprays above a frieze of similar design repeated on the sides of the box, all within double line borders, Japanese wood box..

ProvenanceAcquired from Mayuyama Ryusendo between 1965-1975
A Japanese private collection

ExhibitedKuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Tokubetsu tenji: Higashi ajiya no futamono (Special Exhibition: East Asian Boxes)Izumi, 18 March – 13 May 1984, Catalogue no. 89

Note: It is very rare to find a Jiajing-marked box with this design, as most other examples are painted with either cranes or dragons. For a slightly larger box and cover painted with cranes, compare to the example sold at Christie’s New York, 22 March 2007, lot 306, and one with dragons, sold at Christie’s New York, 17 March 2017, lot 1184.

A blue and white 'dragon' box and cover, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1522-1566)

A blue and white 'dragon' box and cover, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1522-1566). Price realised USD 25,000 at Christie’s New York, 17 March 2017, lot 1184© Christie's Images Ltd 2007