Lot 310. A rare blue and white seal paste box and cover, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722). Diameter 5 3/8 in., 13.7 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 50,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
of circular outline, finely painted in 'Master of the Rocks' style of bold layering and faint 'blobby dots' for depth and perspective, the domed cover with a scene of five scholar-officials offering tribute to a dignitary standing beneath a canopy held by an attendant with a stately sedan in the foreground, the conforming box with a continuous landscape, the interior of the cover decorated with a seated scholar practicing calligraphy, the lower section with an auspicious scene of the immortal Li Tiegui pouring magical elixir from a double gourd, the base with an apocryphal four-character Chenghua mark (2), coll. no. 1482.
Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 19th September 2002, lot 123.
Literature: Jeffrey P. Stamen, Cynthia Volk with Yibin Ni, A Culture Revealed, Kangxi-Era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, Bruges, 2017, cat. no. 35.
Sotheby's. Kangxi: The Jie Rui Tang Collection, Part II, New York, 19 Mar 2019