27 November 2007
A VERY RARE SET OF FIVE LATE MING WUCAI DISHES
WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)
Each enamelled to the centre of the interior with a qilin supporting a shrine with a central cash emblem on its back, surrounded by precious objects and cloud-scrolls, the well decorated with a continuous floral meander, the exterior with alternating lanterns containing cash emblems and auspicious objects, the short foot with a classic scroll, all framed by double lines painted in underglaze-blue
4 in. (10.2 cm.) diam., individual cloth bags, Japanese wood box (5)
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The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 89
Compare with other wucai sets of dishes in the Idemitsu Collection, one with figures in a landscape, the other with dragon and phoenix decoration illustrated in Zhongguo taoci, (Chinese Ceramics), Tokyo, 1981, nos. 757 and 760.
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