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A RARE MASSIVE BLUE AND WHITE BEAKER VASE
A RARE MASSIVE BLUE AND WHITE BEAKER VASE

WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)

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A RARE MASSIVE BLUE AND WHITE BEAKER VASE
WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)
Painted around the upper body with alternating baskets and bowls containing flowers arranged as if in a landscape, above insects in flight amidst flowering plants on the lower body, with a decorative band of floral scroll at the foot, the tall neck encircled by a wide bow-string band separating a band of composite floral scroll and a band of upright leaves, the upright rim painted with a band of classic scroll interrupted by the reign mark written in a rectangular panel
27 15/16 in. (71 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Japanese private collection.

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The design on the present vase is very rare, and no other similar blue and white examples appear to have been published. However, a Wanli-marked wucai vase of slightly smaller size (68.5 cm.) is illustrated by A. du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1984, p. 170, pl. 1. Another wucai example in the Matsuoka Art Museum, Japan, is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Japan, 1976, pl. 916. See, also, the very similar wucai vase sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 29 April 2002, lot 618.

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