• Lot 248

    BOITE COUVERTE A QUATRE COMPARTIMENTS EN LAQUE ROUGE SCULPTEE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVEME SIECLE

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    BOITE COUVERTE A QUATRE COMPARTIMENTS EN LAQUE ROUGE SCULPTEE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVEME SIECLE
    En forme de lingot, sculptée en relief sur fond rouge, sur le dessus du couvercle d'une scène représentant un sage assis accoudé à un rocher, à ses côtés deux serviteurs, l'un tenant une pierre à encre et l'autre préparant du thé, tous trois figurés sur la berge d'un lac, une grue volant dans le ciel, les côtés du couvercle, des compartiments et de la boîte rehaussés de branchages feuillagés de pivoines et grecques, l'intérieur et la base laqués noir
    Hauteur: 19,2 cm. (7½ in.)


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    This unusual shape is taken from a silver ingot, a tradable currency during the Ming and Qing dynasties. This shape appears in early lacquerwares, cf. a Song dynasty mother-of-pearl inlaid box from the Asian art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in Hai-Wai Yi-Chen, Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Lacquerware, Taiwan 1987, p.39
    For a very similar four-tiered lacquer box from the Ming dynasty, see Lacquer Wares of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties - The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong 2006, pl.82. Although the shape is different from the current example, the foot rim and sides are very much alike.

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    Provenance

    From an important European collection of Asian Art


    Post Lot Text

    A CARVED RED LACQUER FOUR-TIERED INGOT-SHAPED BOX AND COVER
    CHINA, MING DYNASTY, 15TH CENTURY