The Property of a Gentleman
An extremely rare wucai inkstone
Wanli mark and of the period
Of rectangular form, the narrow sides rising to a flattened rectangular rim enclosing the central unglazed section, that slopes down to form a resting place for the brush, enamelled in rich enamels around the sides with stylised lappets enclosing a foliate motif, the upper rim with a spray of lingzhi motifs, all resting on a broad unglazed foot, the base glazed white, inscribed in underglaze-blue with the six-character mark within a double rectangle, Japanese fitted box.
22.5cm (8¾in) long.