19 September 2007
A BLUE AND WHITE SQUARE BALUSTER JAR AND COVER
JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE RECTANGLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)
Each side painted with a dragon leaping amidst scrolling, leafy stems of lotus, above a band of petal lappets below and a ruyi band on the shoulder, with a key-fret band around the square neck, the cover painted with a tiny auspicious emblem at each corner below a band of leaf scroll and the stepped center surmounted by a faceted blue knop
8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm.) high, wood box
Hirano Kotoken, Japan.
Japanese private collection.
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