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.
Note: Compare 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.