Lot 63. A metal mounted wucai beaker vase, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1619); 27.4cm., 10 3/4 in. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot Sold 9,375 GBP. Photo Sotheby's 2011
of square section probably derived from the archaic bronze fanggu form, decorated overall in wucai enamels, the central bulb set with four moulded lion masks flanked by two confronting dragons leaping from waves, the rounded shoulder with sinuous pacing dragons, the waisted neck detached and mounted with metal to form a separable container, all above a wide waisted trunk with alternating leaping and descending five-clawed dragons in contrasting red, yellow, aubergine, green and underglaze blue amid flowers and waves flaring to a moulded shaped false apron at the foot with leafy lingzhi scrolls, the vase reduced and altered with various metal structures to form a lamp. Quantity: 8.