A pair of wucai 'Boy and Peony' jars and covers, 17th century

Lot 72. A pair of wucai 'Boy and Peony' jars and covers, 17th century; 14 in. (35.5 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 13,550 - USD 20,325). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

The vases are each decorated with three boys clambering on dense scrolling iron-red peonies with the leaves executed in underglaze blue and black-outlined green enamels. Each shoulder is decorated with a cracked-ice pattern below a lotus band to the neck. Each domed cover is similarly decorated with scrolling peonies and surmounted by a lotus bud finial

NoteCompare a single similar jar and cover illustrated in Michael Butler, Julia Curtis and Stephen Little, Shunzhi Porcelain: Treasures from an Unknown Reign, pp. 102-103, pl. 10. A sleeve vase with the same 'boy and peony' design was sold at Christie's New York, 18 September 2003, lot 303.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 15 May 2009 - SALE 15487