06 avril 2019

A wucai 'Dragon' octogonal water jar, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620)

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Lot 3610. A wucai 'Dragon' octogonal water jar, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620); 14.2 cm, 5 5/8  inEstimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKDLot Sold 375,000 HKD (48,304 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.

of octagonal section, the straight sides divided into eight facets and supported on a low foot, each face boldly painted with a five-clawed dragon writhing amongst cloud scrolls and flames in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within a double circle, black lacquer cover.

NoteAn octagonal form Wanli jar of similar dimensions as the present piece, formerly in the collection of Dr Francis W. Lewis, is preserved in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (accession no. 1905-202,a). See comparable jars painted with figures in landscape, for example, one illustrated in Sekai tōji zenshū/Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 14, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 263; and another sold in these rooms, 28th November 1979, lot 81. Compare also a blue-and-white lobed jar decorated with boys at play, sold in these rooms, 5th October 2011, lot 2047, and another painted with scholars pursuing leisurely activities, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28th November 2005, lot 1422.

A rare blue and white octagonal 'boys' jar and cover, Mark and period of Wanli 

A rare blue and white octagonal 'boys' jar and cover, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1619); 13.5 cm., 5 3/8 in. Sold for 3,620,000 HKD (348,989 EUR) at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5th October 2011, lot 2047Photo Sotheby's

Cf. my post: A rare blue and white octagonal 'boys' jar and cover, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1619)

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 03 Apr 2019

 


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