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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1904

    A RARE CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER

    Price Realised  

    A RARE CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
    MING DYNASTY, 15TH CENTURY

    Of compressed circular form, deeply carved through layers of cinnabar red and black lacquer, the flattened top of the cover with a central camellia blossom surrounded by leaves and buds extending over the gently curved sides, the box with a narrow frieze of further flowers and leaves, the base and the interiors lacquered black, the countersunk base incised vertically Yangmao Zao
    4¾ in. (12.1 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box


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    The inscription on this box refers to Yang Mao, who is mentioned in the Gegu yao lun as being a pupil of Yang Hui of Xitang at the end of the Yuan dynasty and famous for his carved red lacquer ware, see Sir Percival David, Chinese Connoisseurship, The Ko Ku Yao Lun: The Essential Criteria of Antiquities, London 1971, p. 146.

    Provenance

    The Date family collection, Sendai, Japan, sold at the Tokyo Bijutsu Club, 16 May 1916

    The Shotu Chosho An collection, Kyoto, sold at the Kyoto Bijutsu Club, 21 January 1929

    A Japanese private collection, Kansai