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A fine blue and white porcelain box and cover

Blue and white porcelain box and cover
Blue and white porcelain box and cover
Blue and white porcelain box and cover

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Wanli mark and period
Length: 6 1/8 in, 15.6 cm

Of rectangular shape with canted corners, the box flares from a straight foot ring and terminates in a straight thickened lip and the form of the cover mirrors that of the box. The top of the cover is painted in vibrant sapphire blue with a scholar, in long robes and a cloth hat from which two ribbons fall, and two attendants, carrying baskets of herbs, in a landscape beneath a large pine and rocks, with clouds above. The sides of both the box and cover are decorated with a total of eight shaped panels, of leafy peach alternating with lingzhi fungus, against a ground of S-scrolls, and the rims are painted with chevron bands. The base is painted with the six-character mark of the Wanli Emperor, and of the period.


Illustrated: Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Volume One (Mayuyama & Co, Tokyo, 1976), no. 969, p. 324.

For Wanli mark and period blue and white boxes of similar form, see Ho, Yi Hsing, Joan (ed), The Fame of Flame: Imperial Wares of the Jiajing and Wanli Periods (University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 2009), nos. 96–100, pp. 250–9.