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    Sale 2621

    Important Chinese Lacquer Wares from the Lee Family Collection

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2102

    AN EXQUISITELY CARVED POLYCHROME LACQUER 'LOTUS' CIRCULAR DISH

    Price Realised  

    AN EXQUISITELY CARVED POLYCHROME LACQUER 'LOTUS' CIRCULAR DISH
    SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)

    The interior medallion carved at an angle through the layers of cinnabar and black lacquer to depict a single lotus floral bloom within double-circles, enclosed with four lotus flowers borne on an undulating vine, the broad everted mouth rim with a band of classic scrolls, repeated on the underside of the rim, above lotus petals surrounding the low foot ring
    7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box


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    The use of alternating thin black, red and brown lacquer layers is particularly successful in this instance and creates a greater depth in the floral design. Compare with two other dishes dated to the Song period from the same collection, illustrated by Lee Yu-kuan, Chinese Lacquer Art, 1972, p. 100, no. 39, for a dish with ten layers of alternating red and yellow lacquer; and p. 103, no. 41, with ten layers of lacquer covered by an eleventh layer of brownish black on the outside.

    Exhibited

    The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 1990, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, Catalogue, p. 20, col. pl. 28
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990/91
    The Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Japan, 1991, Chinese Lacquerware, Catalogue, no. 34
    The Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, 2004, The Colors and Forms of Song and Yuan China, Catalogue, no. 116