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    Sale 2621

    Important Chinese Lacquer Wares from the Lee Family Collection

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2106

    A RARE RED LACQUER BOWLSTAND, ZHANTUO

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    A RARE RED LACQUER BOWLSTAND, ZHANTUO
    SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)

    The upper compressed globular section forming a receptacle with a slightly in-turned mouth rim, the hollow interior continuing to a splayed cylindrical foot, below a flange with a gently upturned side, covered entirely with red lacquer with exception of the interior with black lacquer, the mouth, flange and foot rims bound with metal
    6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) wide, Japanese wood box


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    The function of the bowlstand is very similar to that of a saucer. As steaming bowls of tea had no handles, they were placed on stands when served, so as not to burn the fingers of the recipient, and also to provide a stable support for bowls which often have narrow bases. A related example of a plain brown lacquer bowlstand, supported on a slightly higher foot ring, excavated in the Yixing district, Jiangsu province, is illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji, vol. 8, Lacquerware, Wenwu chubanshe, 1989, no. 93. Also compare a similar black lacquer bowlstand with a bracket-lobed petal-form flange, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29/30 April 2001, lot 628.

    Exhibited

    Kyoto Chadou Sogou Kaikan: Ten Year Anniversary Special Exhibtion, 1989, Cha No Yu no Shiki, 'Lacquer Ware for Tea Ceremony', Catalogue, no. 81
    The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 1990, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, Catalogue, no. 19
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990/91
    The Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Japan, 1991, Chinese Lacquerware, Catalogue, no. 7
    Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, 2004, The Colors and Forms of Song and Yuan China, Catalogue, no. 157