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A large wucai jar and cover, Transitional period, mid-17th century. Estimate $30,000 – $40,000. Price Realized $106,250. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015

The broad-shouldered jar is decorated with a scene of a lady with long sleeves in a palace setting attended by various female and male attendants. The domed cover with bud-form finial is decorated with boys at play. The base is unglazed. 18 ¾ in. (47.6 cm.) high – Lot 3539

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Provenance: An Important Collection of Chinese Porcelain, The Property of the late Sir Alfred Aykroyd; Sotheby & Co., London, 17 May 1966, lot 157.
S. Marchant & Son, Ltd., London, 1986.
Collection of Julia and John Curtis.

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Notes: The scene on the present vase, with a central figure of a lady with long sleeves flanked by attendants, appears on large wucai jars and covers, as well as sleeve vases, produced in the Shunzhi period. See a pair of sleeve vases in the San Antonio Museum, Texas, gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown, illustrated by John Johnston in Chinese Ceramics: The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Collection at the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, 2014, p. 112, no. 67, where the scene is identified as from The Romance of the Lute, written by Sun You in the late Ming dynasty.

Other examples of large jars similar to the present lot include one in the Rijksmusuem, Amsterdam, illustrated by Christiaan J.A. Jörg in Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Ming and Qing Dynasties, London, 1997, p. 84, no. 75, and one illustrated by Maria António Pinto de Matos and Jean-Paul Desroches in Chinese Export Porcelain from the Museum from the Museum of Anastácio Gonçalves, Lisbon, 1996, pp. 170-171, no. 86.

CHRISTIE’S. AN ERA OF INSPIRATION: 17TH-CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAINS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JULIA AND JOHN CURTIS, 16 March 2015,New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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