• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 112

    A RARE FINELY CARVED LACQUER DISH

    MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

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    A RARE FINELY CARVED LACQUER DISH
    MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
    Finely carved through the layers of black lacquer with a double-vajra medallion, encircled by a dense pattern of scrolling lotus flowers below evenly spaced Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, each trailing ribbons to the sides, the well carved with ruyi-heads alternating with floral blossoms, the reverse with a band of composite flowers, the base applied with red lacquer
    6¾ in. (17 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box


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    Lacquer wares with this pattern are extremely rare and no other dish of this design appears to be recorded. The carved decoration can best be compared to that on the cover of a 15th century box in the Seattle Art Museum, Washington, illustrated by Sir Harry Garner, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, no. 39.

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