A Ming dynasty (1368-1644) Chinese Wucai box has sold for $152,500 at Bonhams Sydney, an increase of 2,950% on its $5,000 estimate and a new world record for a porcelain of its type.
The sale took place on September 1.
Yvett Klein, Bonhams' Asian art specialist, commented: "The Wucai box is superbly decorated inside and out with plants, flowers and dragon motifs.
"But, most importantly, the box bears a Wanli six-character mark on the base, which implies it is imperial porcelain, most likely used in the royal households of Ming Dynasty China."
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