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A RARE LATE MING BLUE AND WHITE CIRCULAR COURT NECKLACE BOX AND COVER

JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE IN A LINE WITHIN A RECTANGULAR PANEL AND OF THE PERIOD

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A RARE LATE MING BLUE AND WHITE CIRCULAR COURT NECKLACE BOX AND COVER
Jiajing Six-Character Mark in Underglaze Blue in a Line Within a Rectangular Panel and of the Period
Heavily potted in the form of a large ring, the top and sides painted in intense tones of underglaze blue with five-clawed dragons racing through scrolling lotus meander, all between double and single line borders, the nianhao painted on the side of the cover just below the rim, the channeled interior of the box and cover covered in blue-toned white glaze and the slightly convex base left unglazed
15 3/8in. (39cm.) diam., wood stand and box
Literature
The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 81

Lot Essay

Although this is a recognized Jiajing form, see Geng Baochang, Mingqing Ciqi Jianding, (Study of Ming and Qing Porcelain), Hong Kong, 1984, p. 110, fig. 117, no. 1, such necklace boxes do appear to be quite rare

Refer to the closely related box decorated with dragons, illustrated by Ryoichi Fujioka, Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 14, Tokyo, 1976, p. 214, fig. 57

Compare, also, the Jiajing blue and white box in the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is decorated with Shouxing, the Eight Daoist immortals and numerous Daoist symbols, and illustrated by Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, p. 172, no. 168, and again in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 12, Tokyo, 1977, fig. 83

Another box in underglaze blue and overglaze enamel colors is illustrated by Yutaka Mino and James Robinson in Beauty and Tranquility: The Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1983, p. 256, pl. 102

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