An unusual wucai zun-form vase, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620)

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Lot 73. An unusual wucai zun-form vase, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1619). Height 4⅞ in., 12.3 cmEstimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USDLot sold: 40,320 USD. © Sothebys.

the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double square

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 11th July 1966, lot 205.
Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997).
Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1968-present, coll. no. M.3.4.

LiteratureRose Kerr et al., Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection. Wou Lien-Pai Museum, Hong Kong, 2011, pl. 110. 

NoteThis vase belongs to a small group of similarly decorated Wanli-marked vases, including one in the Idemitsu Museum, Tokyo, illustrated in Idemitsu Bijutsukan zōhin zuroku. Chūgoku tōji/Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 740; one in the Tsui Art Foundation, included in the exhibition Joined Colors. Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain. Ceramics from Collectors in the Min Chiu Society, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. 54; and a third from the collection of Edward T. Chow, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 19th May 1981, lot. 434.  

Sotheby's. A Journey Through China's History. The Dr Wou Kiuan Co.llection Part 1, New York, 22 March 2022