A rare small blue and white footed jar, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619)

Lot 1485.  A rare small blue and white footed jar, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619); 5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) acrossEstimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000Price realised USD 122,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011  

The slightly compressed bulbous body painted in inky blue with four five-clawed dragons leaping wildly amidst clouds and separated by phoenixes and cranes, all above detached clouds on the low spreading foot, Japanese silver reticulated cover.  

ProvenanceMarchant, London.

NoteThe dragon and phoenix together represent the emperor and empress and also represent conjugual bliss, while the crane is a symbol of longevity and also of high rank. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I & II, 15 September 2011, New York