26 décembre 2010

Two fine and rare late Ming blue and white rectangular covered boxes. Wanli six-character mark within double-rectangles

A fine and rare late Ming blue and white rectangular 'dragon' covered box. Wanli six-character mark within double-rectangles and of the period (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 Of rectangular form with canted corners, decorated in vibrant tones of cobalt-blue to the cover with a rectangular panel enclosing two five-clawed dragons in mutual pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' amidst cloud swirls and above rolling waves crashing against rockwork, the rounded sides of the box and cover with stylised peony scrolls and... [Lire la suite]