01 mai 2011

A very rare large late Ming blue and white reverse-decorated 'hundred cranes' jar. Wanli six-character mark and of the period

A very rare large late Ming blue and white reverse-decorated 'hundred cranes' jar. Wanli six-character mark and of the period (1573-1619). Photo Christies Ltd 2011 The large jar strongly potted and skilfully painted with vertical stripes around the lipped mouth, a classic scroll around the neck and the body of the vessel with cranes in flight amongst scrolling clouds reserved in white against a rich blue ground, the mark within a double ring countersunk into the centre of the unglazed base; 15 3/8 in. (39.4 cm.) high ... [Lire la suite]