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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1898

    A RARE BROWN LACQUER PRUNUS-SHAPED DISH

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    A RARE BROWN LACQUER PRUNUS-SHAPED DISH
    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

    The shallow sides flaring from the edge of the slightly recessed flat base to the mouth rim and gently indented to form six-lobes, covered overall in brown lacquer
    7 1/8 in. (18.2 cm. ) diam., Japanese wood box


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    See a similar lacquer dish found amongst a group of lacquer dated to the Tang dynasty excavated at Jianli Xian, Hubei province, published in Wenwu, 1982, 2.93, pl. 8. fig. 4. Compare also with a red lacquer dish of similar size and form from the Lee Family collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 December 2008, lot 2109.

    The shape and the metal bound mouth rim relate closely to Dingyao ceramics of the Tang period from which the present lacquer dish has taken its inspiration. Cf. three lobed Dingyao dishes with metal bound mouth rims, illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Ting Ware White Porcelain, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1987, nos. 102-104. Thinly potted Ding ceramic bowls and dishes were fired upside down on unglazed mouth rims, and were often fitted with metal bands either for protection or to provide a smoother surface.