Lot 711. A rare large wucai 'garlic-head' vase, Wanli six-character mark in a line and of the period (1573-1619); 22 3/8 in. (57 cm.) high. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 399,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
The vase is heavily potted with a pear-shaped body rising to a cylindrical neck surmounted by a garlic-bulb-form mouth, and is decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, yellow, green and brown enamels with a pond scene of various fish, crabs and shrimp amidst aquatic plants.
Provenance: Russell Tyson (1867-1963) Collection, Chicago, before 1954.
The Art Institute of Chicago, accessioned in 1954.