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A Ming Dynasty wucai porcelain jar to go under the hammer

By Lin Qi | | Updated: 2017-08-07 10:00

A Ming Dynasty wucai porcelain jar to go under the hammer

46-centimer-high wucai [Photo provided to China Daily]

Wucai, (five-color) is one of the most prominent styles of Chinese porcelain. It features application of over-glaze polychrome enamels, mostly of red, green and yellow, combined with under-glaze cobalt blue (qinghua).

The technique developed into maturity in the 16th century during the rule of Ming (1368-1644) Emperor Jiajing. Both official and civil kilns produced exquisite wucai ceramics, which boast varieties of ornamental patterns and a vibrant palette.

One such ceramic will be auctioned in Hong Kong in November.

Christie's will hammer a 46-centimer-high wucai jar with a cover and bearing a production mark of Jiajing reign at the bottom.

The object is decorated with a lively scene in which fishes swim freely among weeds. A similar example is in the collection of Beijing's National Museum of China.

The jar to be sold used to be in the possession of Hu Huichun (1910-93), one of the most important Chinese connoisseurs and collectors of 20th century. He assembled a celebrated collection of Chinese works of art called the Zande Lou, or studio of temporary enjoyment.

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