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.) across. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price 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.
Provenance: Marchant, London.
Note: The 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