• Important Chinese Lacquer from auction at Christies

    Sale 2730

    Important Chinese Lacquer from the Lee Family Collection

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1814

    A MING CINNABAR LACQUER 'PEONY' SQUARE TRAY

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    A MING CINNABAR LACQUER 'PEONY' SQUARE TRAY
    MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY

    The tray with indented corners, decorated to the front with a large peony blossom surrounded by further peony sprays, finely incised to simulate veining in the petals and leaves, against a diaper-pattern ground, the reverse side with alternating chrysanthemum and lotus blooms above a key-fret band around the foot, the base applied with brown lacquer
    6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) wide, box


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    The present tray, characterised by very dense decoration, a great sense of movement, and the edges of the carving left unpolished might very well have been made in Yunnan, according to the features listed by Sir Harry Garner, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, p. 134. He illustrates a circular Yunnan-ware dish carved in the same style as the present lot, and with a similarly bold and dense floral design, ibid., pl. 73. Compare also a black lacquer rectangular tray with an equally thin body and foot sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 November 2006, lot 1690.

    Exhibited

    The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 1990, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, Catalogue, no. 69
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990/91
    The Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Japan, 1991, Chinese Lacquerware, Catalogue, no. 73