A magnificent and brilliantly enamelled wucai 'fish' jar
Jiajing six-character mark and of the period
Of sumptuous globular form with high shoulders rising to a thick lipped rim, the exterior brilliantly decorated in rich wucai enamels with a continuous scene of carp of various sizes depicted swimming in a lotus pond amidst aquatic plants, their lively and twisted bodies painted in bright orange enamels highlighting scales, lateral and dorsal fins in rich iron-red, happily plunging and rising amongst dense weeds, lotus leaves and blossom, further scattered with loose foliage, all between a band of overlapping leaf lappets at the foot with flaming lappets at the collar, the base with a six-character mark; together with a replacement cover.
40.8cm diam. (2).