A blue and white globular jar Jiajing kuei mao nian zhi cyclical date corresponding to AD1543 and of the period
Lot 130
A blue and white globular jar
Jiajing kuei mao nian zhi cyclical date corresponding to AD1543 and of the period
Sold for £43,250 (US$ 54,408) inc. premium

Lot Details
A blue and white globular jar Jiajing kuei mao nian zhi cyclical date corresponding to AD1543 and of the period
A blue and white globular jar
Jiajing kuei mao nian zhi cyclical date corresponding to AD1543 and of the period
Painted on one side with two seated figures playing weiqi, each attended by a standing boy, the reverse with a scholar and an attendant holding a qin, wood stand.
13.5cm (5¼in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: S.Marchant and Son, London
    The Harriet Szechenyi Collection, Switzerland

    Exhibited: S.Marchant and Son, Ming Blue and White: Jiajing-Chongzhen including dated examples, November 2004, no.6

    It is believed that jars of this particular shape were made to contain weiqi counters. Another one in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, interestingly bears the same date 1543; it is illustrated by M.Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Porcelains Decorated in Underglaze-blue and Copper-red,, London, 1963, no.B643, pl.XIX. Scholars believe that the game of weiqi (surrounding chequers) is the Chinese prototype for what has become the better-known Japanese game called go; see C.A.S.Williams, Outlines of Chinese Symbolism and Art Motives, Singapore, 1974, pl.419.
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:
A successful bidder at this sale will be required to pay Bonhams 1793 Limited ("Bonhams") a premium calculated as follows:
25% on the first £100,000 of the hammer price
20% on the excess of £100,001 and up to £2,000,000 of the hammer price
12% on the excess of £2,000,001 of the hammer price

VAT at 20% will be payable on the amount of the premium.

The premium is payable for the services to be provided by Bonhams in the Buyer's Agreement which is contained in the catalogue for this Sale and for the opportunity to bid for the Lot at the Sale.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, cheque with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveller's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Customer Services (UK)
    Customer services
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7447 7447
    FaxFax: +44 20 7447 7401
  2. Shipping (UK)
    Logistics - Shipping
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7468 8302
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7629 9673
Similar Items