27 May 2008,
Price realised HKD 271,500
Estimate HKD 100,000 - HKD 150,000
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID LACQUER INCENCE STAND
MING DYNASTY, 15TH/16TH CENTURY
Of nearly square section, the lipped-edge top supported on high waist with open-work inset panels and joined by a shaped rounded apron with carved-out ruyi head, resting on four tapering cabriole legs ending in scroll feet and floral stems on pads, all on a low base with begonia panel inset waist, the top surface inlaid with mother-of-pearl against dark brown surface with a scene of scholars gathering in a fenced garden pavilion, enclosed by floral scroll and diaper-corner border, with further scrolls and phoenix to the apron and legs, and a prunus spray with bamboo within floral scroll panels on the top of the base
14 x 12 5/8 in. x 22½in. (35.7 x 32.2 x 57 cm.), Japanese wood box
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Compare a similar stand illustrated in Mother-of-Pearl Inlay in Chinese Lacquer Art, Tokyo National Museum, 1981, no 46.
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