Lot 1856. A very rare wucai 'dragon and phoenix' seal paste box and cover, Wanli six-character mark and of the period (1573-1620); 2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm.) diam. Estimate: HKD 70,000 - HKD 90,000. Price realised HKD 235,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008.
Of circular section, the domed cover painted with a phoenix and a dragon divided by a 'flaming pearl' amidst cloud scrolls, the sides of the box decorated with four sets of flower sprays, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: The Mitsui family collection, Tokyo.
Christie's Hong Kong. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 27 May 2008