An extremely rare Imperial wucai 'dragon' chess box and cover
Wanli six-character mark and of the period
The circular box with gently rounded sides rising from a flat base with a circular centred recess, and surmounted by a flattened cover, the box brilliantly painted around the sides with four striding dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl, alternately painted in underglaze-blue, overglaze green and iron-red enamels, above crashing waves and rocky outcrops, all bordered above by a collar of scrolling trellises at the mouth and below by a band of overlapping waves and florets at the base, the cover similarly painted with a single striding dragon in underglaze blue, encircled by a band of stylised scrolls, Japanese box.
14.4cm (5½in) wide. (3).