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    Sale 2621

    Important Chinese Lacquer Wares from the Lee Family Collection

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2126

    A HIGHLY IMPORTANT CINNABAR TIXI LACQUER HEXAGONAL EWER

    Price Realised  

    A HIGHLY IMPORTANT CINNABAR TIXI LACQUER HEXAGONAL EWER
    JIAJING INCISED SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

    Elegantly formed with a metal core, the wide body finely carved through the thick layer of lacquer with ruyi clouds, the conforming sloping shoulder with stylised xiangcao scrolls, repeated on the arched handle and along the graceful S-shaped spout, the interior and base with dark brown lacquer, incised on the base with the reign mark
    9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) high, box


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    Previously sold at Christie's London, 14 December 1983, lot 54.

    During the Jiajing period, ewers appear to have been popular vessels in both lacquer and ceramic form. A related hexagonal ewer dated to the mid-16th century, decorated in the kinrande-style, is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. 1, Geneva, 1999, no. 94. However, Tixi lacquer ewers of this hexagonal form are extremely rare. The present example, carved of cinnabar lacquer, appears to be unique; the only other known comparable Jiajing period ewer of this shape carved of dark-brown tixi lacquer, from the collection of Professor and Madame Robert de Strycker, was sold at Piasa, Paris, 15 December 2007, lot 56. The Paris ewer, the present ewer and a related double-gourd ewer of dark-brown tixi lacquer in the Beijing Palace Museum, all have a pewter core. The Palace Museum ewer is dated to the mid-Ming period and is illustrated in Lacquer Wares of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Commercial Press, 2006, p. 255, no. 202 (fig. 1).

    Literature

    Zhongguo Meishu Qiqi Quanji, vol. 5, Ming, Fujian meishu chubanshe, 1995, no. 121
    Zhongguo Qiqi Jinghua, Fujian meishu chubanshe, 2003, no. 214


    Exhibited

    The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 1990, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, Catalogue, col. pl. 19, no. 13
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990/91
    The Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Japan, 1991, Chinese Lacquerware, Catalogue, no. 32