A very rare wucai 'dragon and phoenix' seal paste box and cover, Wanli six-character mark and of the period (1573-1620)

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.) diamEstimate: HKD 70,000 - HKD 90,000Price 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

ProvenanceThe Mitsui family collection, Tokyo.

Christie's Hong Kong. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 27 May 2008