• Important Chinese Lacquer from auction at Christies

    Sale 2730

    Important Chinese Lacquer from the Lee Family Collection

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1807

    A BLACK LACQUER BRACKET-LOBED TRAY

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    A BLACK LACQUER BRACKET-LOBED TRAY
    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

    The shallow tray with a slightly sunken central medallion and gently curved cavetto below an everted barbed mouthrim, supported on a tall splayed foot, covered overall with a brownish-black lacquer, inscribed on the base with two characters, Cunzhi, in red lacquer
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box


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    This unusual form can be seen in another undecorated black lacquer high footed tray illustrated by Lee Yu-kuan, Oriental Lacquer Art, Tokyo and New York, 1972, p. 82, no. 23; where the author mentions that the character yu inscribed on the base of the cited tray indicates its use as a sacrificial vessel. The two characters inscribed on the present tray Cunzhi, probably designate a collector's name.

    Exhibited

    Tokyo Bijutsu Club, Japan, 1970, Chinese Lacquer, Catalogue, no. 54 Tokyo National Museum, Japan, 1977, Oriental Lacquer Arts, Catalogue, no. 485
    The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 1990, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, Catalogue, no. 23
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990/91
    The Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Japan, 1991, Chinese Lacquerware, Catalogue, no. 11