27 août 2019

A pierced blue and white 'dragon' sweetmeat box and cover, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619)

Lot 611. A pierced blue and white 'dragon' sweetmeat box and cover, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619). Diameter 8 5/8  in., 21.6 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot Sold 25,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of compressed globular form, resting on a straight foot surmounted by a domed cover, the sides of the box and cover each painted with leaping dragons in profile amidst flowerheads on leafy scrolls, the cover centered with a pierced 'coin' painted with flowers and conch shells,... [Lire la suite]

27 août 2019

An extremely rare wucai 'boys' box and cover, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619)

Lot 686. An extremely rare wucai 'boys' box and cover, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619). Diameter 3 3/8  in., 8.5 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. of barrel form, the rounded sides boldly and freely painted in green, yellow, iron red, black and underglaze blue with a continuous scene of sixteen boys at play, the chubby children happily engaging in various activities such as flying a kite, galloping astride a hobby horse with an 'attendant', holding a... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2019

An extremely rare pair of blue-ground iron-red and green-enameled 'Mythical beasts' stem cups , Wanli marks and period (1573-161

Lot 685. An extremely rare pair of blue-ground iron-red and green-enameled 'Mythical beasts' stem cups , Wanli marks and period (1573-1619). Diameter 3 3/8  in., 8.5 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each with rounded sides rising from a spreading foot to a flared rim, decorated to the exterior with mythical beasts with incised features, frolicking among green cresting waves against a ground of bright blue inky tones, the rim mounted in silver above a collar of... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2019

An extremely rare large blue and white 'carp' fishbowl , Wanli mark and period (1573-1619)

Lot 684. An extremely rare large blue and white 'carp' fishbowl , Wanli mark and period (1573-1619). Diameter 22 1/2  in., 57.2 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. stoutly potted, the steep sides rising to a lipped rim, finely painted on the exterior in vibrant tones of rich underglaze cobalt-blue with four lively fan-tailed fish including a carp, mandarin fish, and two types of bream, depicted in varying attitudes, swimming among flowering lotus, ferns... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2019

A blue and white polychrome-enameled 'flower basket' dish, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619)

Lot 683. A blue and white polychrome-enameled 'flower basket' dish, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619). Diameter 11 3/4  in., 29.5 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides resting on a straight foot and rising to an everted rim, the center enclosing a basket of lush peonies and prunus branches, accents of iron red and enamel at the base and handle, the cavetto painted with free-floating branches, leaves, and auspicious objects including... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2019

A blue and white 'flower basket' dish, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619)

Lot 682. A blue and white 'flower basket' dish, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619). Diameter 6 5/8  in., 16.7 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. painted in shades of dark blue with an arrangement of varying blooms in an arched-handled basket, a frieze of fans, leaves, pomegranate and waterweed and double lines encircling the cavetto, the exterior with flowering boughs and insects, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle. ... [Lire la suite]

24 août 2019

A blue and white 'dragon' dish, Wanli Mark and Period (1573-1619)

Lot 128. A blue and white 'dragon' dish, Wanli Mark and Period (1573-1619); diameter 9 3/4 in., 24.8 cm. Estimate USD 30,000 — 40,000. Lot sold USD 34,000. © Sotheby's with shallow rounded sides and flared rim, the well of the interior  painted in bright cobalt-blue with a large central medallion of two five-clawed dragons in mutual pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' among clouds and flames, the motif repeated on the cavetto, the exterior painted with scrolling lotus, all above a slightly tapered foot,... [Lire la suite]
18 juillet 2019

Two large Fahua 'Dragon' censers, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619)

Lot 323. Two large Fahua 'Dragon' censers, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619). Width across handles of larger 15 1/4  in., 38.8 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 18,750 USD. © Sotheby's each of compressed globular form supported on three animal-mask legs, molded in high relief all around with dragons confronting a flower, flanked by two curved upright handles, all in glazes of blue, turquoise, purple and mustard-yellow, the galleried rims each bearing a... [Lire la suite]
10 mars 2019

A rare blue and white 'floral' cupstand, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619)

Lot 502. A rare blue and white 'floral' cupstand, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619). Diameter 5 7/8  in., 14.9 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 23,750 USD.  Courtesy Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising from a short, tapered foot to an everted rim divided into five lobes, molded on the interior with a central raised ring decorated in underglaze blue with petal lappets, encircled by undulating leafy chrysanthemum scrolls, all... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2018

A large boldly enameled wucai zun-shaped vase, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619)

Lot 172. A large boldly enameled wucai zun-shaped vase, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619). Height 27 in., 68.6 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. © Sotheby's. rising from a tall spreading foot to a bulbous middle section, surmounted by a flaring neck with a horizontal rib and a galleried rim, painted in vibrant overglaze red, yellow, ocher, green and black enamels and underglaze blue with a band of prunus reserved on a green wave band, the lower section of the body with blossoming camellia and... [Lire la suite]