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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 345

    A CARVED RED LACQUER RECTANGULAR BOX AND COVER

    JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER INCISED AND GILDED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

    Price Realised  

    A CARVED RED LACQUER RECTANGULAR BOX AND COVER
    JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER INCISED AND GILDED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)
    The top finely carved with two birds, one perched on a branch of flowering and fruiting pomegranate, the other on another flowering branch, the branches emerging from around a pierced rock, with further flowering branches on the sides of the cover and box, all reserved on a star diaper ground, interior and base lacquered black and fitted with a removable tray, the gilt-filled mark inscribed on the base
    9 7/8 in. (25.3 cm.) long, Japanese wood box


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    Compare the rectangular red lacquer box and cover in the National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, of larger size (36.7 cm. long) but with similarly carved bird and flower decoration and dated to the Ming dynasty, illustrated in A Journey into China's Antiquity, Beijing, 1997, p. 133, no. 122. See, also, the Jiajing-marked rectangular box and cover in the Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, carved with a similar design, illustrated in Im Zeichen Des Drachen, Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, 2006, p. 125, no. 48.

    Provenance

    Stephen Junkunc, III.


    Pre-Lot Text

    LACQUER WARES
    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION