18 janvier 2018

A rare wucai box and cover with pairs of dancers, mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620)

A rare wucai box and cover with pairs of dancers, mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620)

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Lot 70. A rare wucai box and cover with pairs of dancers, mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620); diameter 16 cm., 6 3/8 in. Estimate 4,000,000 — 6,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 10,516,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2011. 

of barrel shape with curved sides, the flat cover with a raised edge, painted in a bright underglaze blue and green, red, yellow and brown enamels and black details, showing on the cover and twice around the sides of the box a scene of two men in lively dancing poses among various leafy plants under a pine tree, dressed in flowing garments and fanciful hats and holding different fans, with a scroll border around the top and prunus blossoms on waves around the edge of the cover, key-fret around the rim and a lingzhi scroll around the base of the box, the reign mark inscribed on a recessed glazed area in the centre of the unglazed base.

ProvenanceSotheby's Hong Kong, 13th November 1990, lot 149.
Collection of T.T. Tsui, Jingguantang Collection.
Christie's London, 15th November 2000, lot 32.
J.J. Lally & Co, New York.

Literature: Sotheby's Hong Kong – Twenty Years, 1973-1993, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 134.
Sotheby's. Thirty Years in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2003, pl. 177.
Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 4, no. 1704..

Note: Barrel-shaped boxes of this type may have been used in pairs as containers for chess pieces, although related jars, generally with a recessed top, were also used as cricket cages.. 

A similar box and cover is in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, illustrated in Idemitsu Bijutsukan zōhin zuroku. Chūgoku tōji/Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 748; a box and cover of this model, but with the design somewhat differently rendered, was sold at Christie's London, 9th December 1985, lot 145. The same shape is also known with a polychrome design of mythical animals; compare a box from the collection of Iver Munthe Daae, member of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service 1867-88, sold in these rooms, 1st November 1994, lot 54.

Sotheby's. The Meiyintang Collection - An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains, Hong Kong, 07 Apr 2011 


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