Chinese porcelain blue and white fan-shaped box and cover, the three long sides painted with cranes in flight amongst clouds, the short side painted with a flowerhead and lozenge emblem, the cover with three Buddhist emblems amongst three peaches, the base with a three-character mark of Duli fu, ‘Superintendent’, in underglaze blue within a double rectangle.

3 ¾ inches, 9.2 cm wide; 3 3/8 inches, 8.5 cm high.

Wanli, 1573-1619.


Overall excellent condition with tiny frits to edges and some firing imperfections.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Chinese Art, 12th May 2021, lot 20.
  • A near identical example, possibly from the same set, was included by Christie’s London in their auction of The Peony Pavilion Collection: Chinese Tea Ceramics for Japan (c.1580-1650), 12th June 1989, lot 390.