GROUP OF CHINESE TRANSITIONAL BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN BOXES, MINIATURE BOXES AND VASES, MID-SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.

Est. $700-$900

Sold: $2,400 ($2,000)

Comprising three seal-paste boxes, two with pierced liners and depicting phoenixes flying amidst Buddhist symbols, four-character marks in underglaze-blue, and one depicting a dragon amidst clouds; four cosmetic boxes comprising a pair depicting a pavilion in a landscape, one daisy sprays, and one a dragon, four-character mark in underglaze-blue; seven pill boxes painted with prunus growing from rockwork; a box painted with lotus blossoms and scrolling foliage around a pierced hole; and six vases. (21)

Provenance: One phoenix seal paste box, “Fine and Important Late Ming and Transitional Porcelain, The Property of Captain M. Hatcher,” Christie’s Amsterdam, June 12-13, 1984, lot 601; the other ” c. 1640 salvaged by Capt. M. Hatcher from the South China Seas H & H 1985; box with hole, “The Private Collection of Captain M. Hatcher,” Christie’s Amsterdam, February 14, 1985, lot 111, each bearing a label.