An extremely rare blue and white 'dragon and bajixiang' jarlet and cover
Wanli six-character mark and of the period
Well potted in the form of a wide guan with concave circular foot rising to high and prominent shoulders ending in a short mouthrim, the exterior decorated with four dragon medallions in flight amidst cloud scrolls, interspersed between eight auspicious emblems and beneath a band of downward leaf lappets at the neck, surmounted by a cover ending in a peach-shaped knop encircled by further leaf lappet borders, the base with a six-character Imperial kaishu mark within double circles in underglaze-blue.
7.6cm diam. (2).