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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 593

    A VERY RARE CARVED THREE-COLOR LACQUER TWO-DOOR DISPLAY CABINET

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE CARVED THREE-COLOR LACQUER TWO-DOOR DISPLAY CABINET
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Of rectangular section, the two doors and the sides well carved through the red, green and ochre layers with scenes of Europeans accompanied by attendants bearing tribute, the back carved with a ruyi-bordered, quadrilobed medallion filled with and surrounded by formalized lotus scroll, repeated on the unusual domed roof applied with openwork scroll brackets at the corners, the recessed area below the eaves pierced around the sides with arched openings separated by lotus sprigs, with similar recessed walls above the base which is raised on four bracket supports joined by a shaped apron, the black-lacquered interior painted in gold with flowers and set with an arrangement of shelves and small drawer above a long drawer carved with scholars and attendants, with a brass carrying handle
    19¾ in. (50.2 cm.) high, 14 in. (35.5 cm.) long, 10½ in. (26.5 cm.) deep


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    No other lacquer display cabinet of this form appears to be published. See, however, a lacquer cabinet made in imitation of a temple hall, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 30 May 2006, lot 1265. Compare, also, two lacquer building-form boxes, the first carved as a two-storey palace in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo Qiqi Quanji, vol. 6, Beijing, 1993, pl. 217; and the other, an elongated box shaped as a building with a roof terrace, illustrated in Carved Lacquer in the Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, 1985, pl. 363.

    Provenance

    Spink & Son, Ltd., London, 5 December 1983.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN ILLINOIS COLLECTION