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A blue and white kosometsuke water bucket and cover, Ming Dynasty, Tianqi Period. Estimate 30,00050,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby’s

modelled after a wood prototype, the stout cylindrical body supported on a stepped foot, set at the rim with an upright handle, the body painted with a band of twelve panels variously enclosing sea fish amongst aquatic plants and cresting waves, all below a similarly decorated band with panels of flying cranes alternating with stylised cloud scrolls, all divided by a raised rib around the waist, the handle similarly decorated, surmounted by a flat cover with three bamboo nodes forming the finial. Quantité: 2 – 27cm., 10 5/8 in.

PROVENANCE: A Japanese Private Collection.

Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Londres | 05 nov. 2014, 10:00 AM