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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1783

    A RARE CINNABAR LACQUER OVAL TRAY

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    A RARE CINNABAR LACQUER OVAL TRAY
    YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)

    Deeply carved to the central panel with a scholar reading while seated on a veranda overlooking the inner courtyard beside his study with curtains drawn to reveal a desk on which is placed a censer and an arrow vase before a large screen, a scholar with his attendant carrying a qin arrive in the garden, the scene framed with ornamental rocks, and pine and wutong, the cavetto carved with a peony scroll growing lush leaves, the reverse with a classic scroll, the base lacquered black
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) diam., box


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    This lacquer tray can best be compared to another example of closely related subject, but possibly slightly later in date, illustrated by Bluett & Sons, From Innovation to Conformity, Chinese Lacquer from the 13th to 16th Centuries, London, 1989, no. 8 and again in the Shoto Museum of Art exhibition Catalogue, Chinese Lacquerware, 1991, no. 41.