Lot 1683. A rare pair of blue and white weiqi counter boxes and covers, Transitional period, circa 1645-1655; 4½ in. (11.5 cm.) across. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 662,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011
Each with compressed globular body, and finely painted with a different scene of pavilions nestled amidst rocky landscapes, one with a figure seen in a lakeside pavilion raised on pilings, and a fisherman in a sampan, the other with a farmer carrying bundles of faggots on one side near two tall pine trees, one hung with vines, and a grouping of tall trees on the reverse, the covers painted en suite.
Provenance: Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 14 November 1989, lot 71.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011