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    Sale 11929

    The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1102

    A MARBLED XIPI LACQUER BRUSH WASHER

    MING DYNASTY, EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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    A MARBLED XIPI LACQUER BRUSH WASHER
    MING DYNASTY, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    The brush washer is of shallow circular form, with a wide mouth and raised lip. The exterior is covered with an abstract marbled design of red, ochre, green, and black lacquers, and the interior is covered in black lacquer.
    8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) diam., Japanese box


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    This brush washer is made of 'marbled' or xipi (rhinoceros hide) lacquer. This technique involved the application in layers of different colors of lacquer over an uneven ground. It is then polished so that the different colors appear in a marbled pattern over the surface of the vessel.

    Compare, a cushion shaped circular box and cover made in the same xipi technique, dated 16th-17th century from the Jaehne Collection in the Newark Museum, and illustrated by V. Reynolds and Y. Pei in Chinese Art from the Newark Museum, China House Gallery/China Institute in America, New York, 1980, p. 45, no. 24. Compare, also, another similarly decorated flat marbled lacquer round box, 16th century, illustrated by Sir Harry Garner in Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, p. 119, pl. 58.

    Provenance

    Nicholas Grindley, London, 1998.
    Private collection, New York.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this lot is sold with a cloth box.


    Literature

    N. Grindley, Nicholas Grindley, 'June 2010', no. 4.