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A wucai circular box and cover, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619). Estimate £1,200 – £1,500 ($1,918 – $2,397). Price Realized £20,000 ($31,640). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

The cover is decorated with a circular panel depicting a pair of long tailed-birds and two butterflies within a garden landscape. The box and cover each with a floral and fruiting bands and geometric borders. 9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) diam.

Provenance: Private UK collection assembled in the 1970s

Notes: A very similar example sold in Christie’s Paris, lot 95, 19 December 2012

Christie’s. CHINESE CERAMICS, WORKS OF ART AND TEXTILES PART II, 7 November 2014, London, South Kensington