Lot 119. Two blue and white 'Bird' seal paste boxes and covers, Republic period, by Wang Bu. Diameter 2 7/8 in., 7.5 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 325,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
both of compressed circular form and similarly decorated, each meticulously painted in varying tones of underglaze blue, the first with a bird perching on rockwork, the box with two fish swimming among waterweed; the second with a bird fluttering amid grasses, the box with a detached flower spray, both with the artist's studio mark inscribed to the base reading yuanwen wuguo zhizhai ('the Studio of Recognizing My Mistakes') (4).
Provenance: Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 12 sept. 2018, 10:30 AM