The rounded sides of the box rising from a recessed unglazed base, painted with scrolling lingzhi, the domed cover moulded to simulate the veins of a lotus leaf, painted with a dense scale diaper ground inscribed ji xi (good fortune), below a standing bird finial, Japanese wood box
Provenance: Purchased in Kyoto, 2014; Mujintang Collection.
This box is very delicately potted and has an interesting combination of designs. The band of lingzhi is painted in quite a spontaneous, fluid style. For a tea bowl with a similar inscription on a scale diaper ground, please see S. Marchant & Son, Ming Porcelain for the Japanese Market, Kosometsuke & Koake, London, 2008, p.23, pl 6.