• Important Chinese Lacquer from auction at Christies

    Sale 2730

    Important Chinese Lacquer from the Lee Family Collection

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1831

    A MING CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER TRAY

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    A MING CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER TRAY
    MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY

    The rectangular tray with canted corners, the interior freely carved with a fenced garden terrace and various figures enjoying dance and wine, surrounded by a rocky riverscape, enclosed within a grooved rim, the exterior with eight qilin against a background of humped waves, the base applied with brown lacquer
    12 1/2 in. (31.7 cm.) wide, Japanese wood box


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    Compare the distinctive carving style, sometimes attributed to the Yunnan or Dali regions, with that found on a square dish included in the 1993 Chinese University of Hong Kong exhibition, 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 73.

    Exhibited

    The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 1990, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, Catalogue, no. 66
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990/91
    The Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Japan, 1991, Chinese Lacquerware, Catalogue, no. 68