• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2611

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1938

    A RARE AND FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER 'CHRYSANTHEMUM' DISH

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE AND FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER 'CHRYSANTHEMUM' DISH
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The lobed metal-bodied dish finely carved through to the black diaper ground with a chrysanthemum bloom, encircled by eight bats in flight and flower sprays of chrysanthemum, peony, prunus and narcissus, all within a band of ruyi heads, the twelve lobed sides each decorated with leafy chrysanthemum spray with blooms and buds, a similar design is repeated on the exterior above a key-fret band on the foot, the centre of the base lacquerd black
    12¼ in. (31 cm.) diam., box


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The present lot compares well to another dish in the Victoria and Albert Museum with fluted sides carved in crisp high relief with floral sprigs and bats and with a similar border of ornamental ruyi lappets illustrated by Edward F. Strange, Catalogue of Chinese Lacquer, Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Woodwork, London, 1925, pl. 17 and again E. Strange, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1926, pl. V. Compare also a similar Qianlong-marked dish with deep sides in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Gugong Qiqi Tezhan Mulu, A Special Exhibition of Lacquerwares in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1981, no. 45. A metal bodied circular dish with a very similar design sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2007, lot 1570.