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    Sale 2611

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1929

    A RARE CARVED CINNABAR TIXI LACQUER DISH

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    Estimate

    A RARE CARVED CINNABAR TIXI LACQUER DISH
    MING DYNASTY, 15TH/16TH CENTURY

    Of scalloped lozenge shape, supported on a short, shaped foot ring, the interior is carved with pommel scrolls and the back with xiangcao , fragrant grass scroll, there is a single layer of black in the red lacquer, the base lacquered black
    9¾ in. (24.7 cm.) across


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    The form and style of this dish is based on a Song-Yuan dynasty prototype: see, for example, Shih and Ge, Age of the Great Khan: Pluralism in Chinese Art and Culture under the Mongols, no. IV-24, p. 132, in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei. The shape, however, is more rounded and the carving of the pommel scrolls somewhat flatter, indicating a mid Ming-date. For examples of tixi lacquer dated mid-Ming, see Carved Lacquer in the Collection of the Palace Museum,Beijing, 1985, nos. 167 and 168; and Nishioka, Chinese Lacquerware, no. 24, p. 29.

    Provenance

    Formerly in a European private collection