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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1918

    A RARE IMPERIAL SET OF TWENTY-TWO INSCRIBED 'WEAVING' INKCAKES

    Price Realised  

    A RARE IMPERIAL SET OF TWENTY-TWO INSCRIBED 'WEAVING' INKCAKES
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Moulded in rectangular form and of varying size, some with canted corners, some sharp and some rounded, two with arched top and bottom edges, finely carved in shallow relief on one side with scenes of the weaving process, each with the title highlighted in gilt, the reverse side carved and gilt with an insciption describing the pictorial scene under two characters, written horizontally: Yu Gao, 'An Imperial Proclamation'; accommodated within a rectangular black lacquer box, the interior lined with padded yellow silk, the exterior of the cover decorated in gilt and red lacquer to depict a full-faced dragon chasing a 'flaming pearl' amongst cloud scrolls, the box is covered with a removable fitted yellow silk brocade
    The box 12¼ x 8½ in. (31 x 21.5 cm.) (22)


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    The depiction of farming and weaving on ink cakes was first used by Cao Sugong, an inkcake maker in the Imperial workshops. An identical set of inkcakes by Cao Sugong is illustrated in The Four Treasures of the Study - Inksticks and Writing Brushes, The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum, Commercial Press, 2005, vol. 49, pl. 54.

    Provenance

    A European family collection