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    Sale 2621

    Important Chinese Lacquer Wares from the Lee Family Collection

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2125

    A VERY RARE MING CINNABAR TIXI LACQUER BRACKET-LOBED SQUARE DISH

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE MING CINNABAR TIXI LACQUER BRACKET-LOBED SQUARE DISH
    MING DYNASTY, 15TH CENTURY

    The mouth rim in the shape of four elegant brackets with the highest points forming the four corners, the interior carved at the centre with a stylised floral bloom, surrounded by two confronted pairs of spectacle-shaped ruyi scroll, bordered by a further eight scrolls, the exterior similarly carved with four pairs of stylised scrolls, supported on a conforming bracket-lobed foot, the base with black lacquer
    6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) wide, box


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    Whilst no other comparable examples of this unusual bracket-lobed shape carved of tixi lacquer are known, a comparable Yongle-marked cinnabar lacquer dish of almost the same size carved with figures in landscape, in the Beijing Palace Museum collection, is illustrated in Carved Lacquerware, Forbidden City Publishing House, 2008, p. 46, no. 24. This same shape is also seen on an ornate Jiajing-marked example carved with an upright dragon surrounded by emblems associated with the Four Buddhist Guardian Kings, in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Lacquer Wares of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Commercial Press, Hong Kong, 2006, p. 168, no. 126.

    This shape is also known among early previous metalwares such as the gold dish engraved with a lotus flowers dish dated to 1315, illustrated in Sekai Bijutsu Zenshu, vol. 16, Song/Yuan, Kadokawa Shoten, 1965, no. 96.

    Exhibited

    The Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Japan, 1991, Chinese Lacquerware, Catalogue, no. 24