Chinese porcelain wucai four-tiered square picnic box and cover with indented corners, the cover painted with five crane medallions amongst clouds, each side with two chrysanthemum blooms and foliage and each section interior with two orchids, three bases with a six-character mark of Chenghua in iron-red, the flat white biscuit base unglazed.

6 1/2 inches, 16.5 cm high.

Tianqi, 1621-1627.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Soame Jenyns.
  • Formerly in the Eisenbach-Erie collection, no. 77.
  • The pair to this box, formerly in a Japanese private collection, was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Transitional Wares for the Japanese and Domestic Markets, 1989, no. 99, p. 56 and is now in the Butler family collection and was included by Antony White, Chen Xiejun & Wang Qingzheng in The Shanghai Museum exhibition of ‘Beauty’s Enchantment’ Seventeenth Century Jingdezhen Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collections, no. 129, pp. 399, and again by Teresa Canepa and Katharine Butler in Leaping the Dragon Gate, inventory no. 1423, p. 130; another missing a tier is illustrated by Huang Qinghua in Colorful Japan – the Special Exhibition of the Ordered Porcelains at the End of Ming Dynasty from Japan, 2021, no. 110, pp. 373/4.
  • It is most rare to find a picnic box with its full complement of four sections and cover.