Lot 3038. A rare blue and white 'dragon' jar, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1620); 6 6/17 in. (17 cm.) high, Japanese wood box. Estimate HKD 1,200,000 - HKD 1,800,000. Price realised HKD 1,250,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.
The jar is sturdily potted with broad round shoulders and decorated around the exterior in vibrant shades of blue with four shaped cartouches divided by scrolling flowers and foliage, each enclosing a five-clawed scaly dragon amid stylised clouds.
Provenance: A private collection, Nagoya, Japan.
Exhibited: Maruei Department Store, Nagoya, December 1973, Catalogue, no. 94.
Note: Very few other Wanli mark and period jars of this pattern are known. The closest example appears to be a slightly larger jar of the same pattern with a lipped rim (20.6 cm. high) sold at Christie’s London, 8 November 2016, lot 16, which was restored. A similar Wanli mark and period jar (19.5 cm. high) with lappet collar at the shoulder and leaves at the base was sold at Sotheby’s London, 10 November 2010, lot 27. Compare also to another Wanli jar of nearly identical size (17.1 cm. high) and sharing a very similar mark but painted with animals and mythical beasts and with a restored neck sold at Christie’s New York, 22 March 2007, lot 311.
A rare blue and white 'dragon' jar, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619); 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000 (USD 9,968 - USD 14,952). Price realised GBP 10,625 at Christie’s London, 8 November 2016, lot 16. © Christie's Images Ltd 2016.
A blue and white jar, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619); 19.5cm., 7 5/8 in. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 85,250 GBP at Sotheby’s London, 10 November 2010, lot 27. Photo: Sotheby's.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 30 November 2020