London, South Kensington
22 July 1999
A Chinese wucai-style shaped rectangular box and cover
painted in coloured enamels with writhing dragons chasing flaming pearls above foaming waves and amongst cloud scrolls, the rims with key-fret borders -- 10in. (25.4cm.) long, underglaze blue Wanli six-character mark, 19th Century.
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