A rare pair of fahua weiqi boxes and covers, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 1561. A rare pair of fahua weiqi boxes and covers, Ming dynasty, 16th century, 5 ¾ in. (14.6 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 9,375 © Christie's Images Ltd 2016

Each bulbous jar is molded on the exterior as six petals covered in a purplish-blue glaze and applied with turquoise-glazed beaded garlands suspended from monster masks on the shoulder below a lobed collar with inner bead border encircling the mouth. The similarly glazed cover is surmounted by a seated figure of Buddha. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art part I, 17 - 18 March 2016, New York