An extremely rare blue and white 'dragon and bajixiang' jarlet and cover Wanli six-character mark and of the period
Lot 219
An extremely rare blue and white 'dragon and bajixiang' jarlet and cover
Wanli six-character mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 1,960,000 (US$ 252,757) inc. premium

Lot Details
An extremely rare blue and white 'dragon and bajixiang' jarlet and cover Wanli six-character mark and of the period An extremely rare blue and white 'dragon and bajixiang' jarlet and cover Wanli six-character mark and of the period
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).

Footnotes

  • 明萬曆 青花八吉祥雲龍趕珠紋小蓋罐 青花雙圈「大明萬曆年製」楷書款

    The current lot is an extremely rare Imperial example with six-character mark. The jarlet is unique in its small size and preserved with its original cover; which is rare even in museum and private collections around the world. It is also uncommon to find such unconventional decorative motifs implemented on the exterior, including the eight auspicious emblems. Rather than depicting the usual scrolling dragons in flight design, the dragons are depicted within four medallions as well.

    See a comparable and similar-sized small blue and white 'dragon' jarlet without cover and also with Wanli six-character mark in the Songde Tang collection, exhibited at the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong (14 October 2009-28 February 2010), illustrated in The Fame of Flame. Imperial Wares of the Jiajing and Wanli Periods, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.160-161, no.51. See also another related example blue and white 'dragon' jarlet (without cover) sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2013, lot 229.

    青花偏深藍色,器直口短頸,豐肩鼓腹,近底處收窄,內隱圈足,底書青花「大明萬曆年製」楷書款。官帽式蓋頂,罐身以雲龍趕珠紋為主紋色,間以八吉祥為飾,彰顯了萬曆朝瓷之典型審美趣味。

    相類似的萬曆小罐,可參考何懿行編:《爐火純青:嘉靖及萬曆官窯瓷器》,香港大學美術博物館,2009年,頁160-161,編號51。該器比本拍品小,腹繪一龍趕珠紋,缺蓋。另可參見香港蘇富比,2013年10月8日,拍品編號229。與本器之紋色佈局相類近的例子,可參見《機暇明道:懷海堂藏明代中晚期官窯瓷器》,香港中文大學文物館,2012年,頁148-149。該嘉靖青花雲龍紋罐,雖有開光分隔龍紋及雜寶紋,但概念一致,一脈相傳,且本拍品之蓋面得以保存,難能可貴。
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