A rare blue and white ‘dragon’ rectangular box and cover, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double rectangle and of the period (1573-1619)

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Lot 3071. A rare blue and white ‘dragon’ rectangular box and cover, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double rectangle and of the period (1573-1619); 9 3/8 in. (23.7 cm.) wideEstimate HKD 600,000 - HKD 800,000 (USD 76,968 - USD 102,623)Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019

Of rectangular form with canted corners, it is decorated in vibrant tones of cobalt blue to the cover with a rectangular panel enclosing two five-clawed dragons in mutual pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' amidst cloud swirls and above rolling waves crashing against an outcrop, the sides of the box and cover with stylised peony scrolls and precious objects at the eight corners, the rims encircled by keyfret bandsn box.

Provenance: Sold at Sotheby’s London, 11 June 1991, lot 160

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 27 November 2019