• Lot 342

    RARE ET IMPORTANTE PAIRE DE BOITES EN LAQUE 'QUATRE COULEURS' SCULPTEE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    RARE ET IMPORTANTE PAIRE DE BOITES EN LAQUE 'QUATRE COULEURS' SCULPTEE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)
    De forme polylobée, les différentes couches de laque rouge, verte, brune et ocre finement sculptées, sur le dessus d'un médaillon à décor de personnages, lettrés et serviteurs, discutant ou jouant dans un pavillon ouvert ou sur une terrasse arborée bordant un lac et laissant voir au loin des montagnes, les lobes de la boîte et du couvercle ornés de panneaux à décor de volutes géométriques, rinceaux feuillagés et lotus sur fond de leiwen, l'intérieur et la base laqués noirs, socles en bois sculpté assortis ; petits éclats
    Diamètre: 34 cm. (13 3/8 in.) (4)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    It is extremely rare to find polychrome lacquer wares with more than three colours.
    This magnificent pair of boxes exemplifies the skilful manipulation of differently colored lacquer layers to produce striking decoration. In the central decorative roundel on the cover of both boxes the air and earth are shown in different tones of ochre lacquer, while the water and some vegetation is deep green and the rocks, along with most of the figures, trees and buildings are in vermillion red. The classic choice of diapers, which began to become established in the Yuan dynasty, has been used to enliven the texture of the air, water and ground.
    No other similar box appears to be published. A related example is a pair of carved four-color lacquer circular boxes with scenes of foreigners on the top, sold in our New York Rooms, 19 March 2009, lot 591. Although the main decoration is different, the three-dimensional treatment of the landscape is very much alike.
    See also a carved three-color lacquer floral-shaped box sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 27 November 2007, lot 1667. The sides carved with archaistic scrolls and floral panels remind those of the present box.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT payable at 19.6% (5.5% for books) will be added to the buyer’s premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis


    Provenance

    From a French private collection


    Post Lot Text

    A RARE AND IMPORTANT PAIR OF CARVED FOUR-COLOUR LACQUER LOBED BOXES AND COVERS WITH MATCHING WOOD STANDS
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)