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A VERY RARE WUCAI 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' GARLIC-MOUTH VASE
A VERY RARE WUCAI 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' GARLIC-MOUTH VASE
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A VERY RARE WUCAI 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' GARLIC-MOUTH VASE

WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1620)

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A VERY RARE WUCAI 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' GARLIC-MOUTH VASE
WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1620)
The pear-shaped body with a tall cylindrical neck rising to a garlic-bulb shaped mouth, the body decorated with iron-red, green and yellow enamels to depict an upright dragon and a descending phoenix contending a flaming pearl, the pair repeated on the reverse side, all amidst floral sprays, the neck similarly decorated between a key-fret band on the upper body and pendent overlapping plantain below the bulbous mouth decorated with beaded jewels suspending precious objects, the mouth rim bearing the reign mark written in a horizontal line, supported on a short ring foot decorated with a band of ruyi heads.
18 1/4 in. (46.6 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Tokyo Bijitsu Club, February 1980
Literature
Selected Chinese Ceramics from Han to Qing Dynasties, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1990 p.256, no. 109
Exhibited
Hagi Uragami Museum, One Thousand Years of Jingdezhen, 2007, illustrated on the front cover

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