A late Ming small wucai bowl, Wanli six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1573-1619)

Lot 2544. A late Ming small wucai bowl, Wanli six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1573-1619); 4 in. (10 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 90,000 - HKD 120,000Price realised HKD 112,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Finely potted with shallow rounded sides, the exterior painted with seven Immortals standing and seated in a landscape setting, picked out in wucai enamels alternating with blue and white, all below a narrow band of ruyi meander, the center of the interior with a winged, horned dragon in flight amidst clouds and flames within a double-line border, Japanese wood box. 

Note: A slightly smaller (9.4 cm. diam.) related Wanli-marked wucai bowl with an everted rim decorated on the exterior with a scene of immortals in a landscape and a leaping dragon on the interior is illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, no. 713. Another similar bowl, also of slightly smaller size (9.6 cm. diam.) with an everted rim, is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and illustrated in The Complete Treasures of the Palace Museum - 38 - Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 56, no. 52. See, also, the similar bowl sold at Christie's New York, 19 September 2006, lot 267. 

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 3 December 2008