A RARE SMALL WUCAI CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
A RARE SMALL WUCAI CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
A RARE SMALL WUCAI CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
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A RARE SMALL WUCAI CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER

WANLI PERIOD (1573-1619)

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A RARE SMALL WUCAI CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
WANLI PERIOD (1573-1619)
The top of the domed cover is decorated with a central lotus sprig above lotus scroll on the sides, which is repeated on the deep sides of the box. An original inner tray, inscribed on the base with a Wanli six-character mark within a double circle, is divided into four sections, each decorated with a flower spray, and the center with a flower head, all below a band of classic scroll on the everted rim. The recessed base of the box has an effaced mark within a double-line border in underglaze blue.
3 in. (8 cm.) high, Japanese wood box
Provenance
Hirano Kotoken, Osaka.
Exhibited
Hirano Kotoken, Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Ceramics, Kokura, 17 to 22 October 1979, no. 60.

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Lot Essay

The separate compartmented tray contained within box appears to be exceptionally rare and would indicate that this may have been used as a container for food or possibly cosmetics. Much larger boxes with petal-lobed compartments dividing the interior are widely published. A box and cover in the collection of the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo is illustrated in In Pursuit of the Dragon - Traditions and Transitions in Ming Ceramics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1988, p. 131, no. 64, which also illustrates a blue and white box of the same form p. 130, no. 63. Another wucai box of similar form is in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, illustrated in Imperial Overglaze-Enamelled Wares in the Late Ming Dynasty, Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 1995, p. 23, no. 30. Compare, also, with a very rare Wanli-marked wucai incense burner with a separate liner inscribed with the Wanli reign mark, sold at Christie’s New York, 21 March 2002, lot 173. The bottom section of a very similar wucai box to the present example was sold together with a wucai dish at Christie's New York, 3 December 1992, lot 278.

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