• Important Chinese Lacquer from auction at Christies

    Sale 2730

    Important Chinese Lacquer from the Lee Family Collection

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1806

    AN EXTREMELY RARE CARVED BLACK AND CINNABAR LACQUER 'ROSE' CIRCULAR DISH

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    AN EXTREMELY RARE CARVED BLACK AND CINNABAR LACQUER 'ROSE' CIRCULAR DISH
    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

    The dish with low rounded sides and an everted rim, the interior finely carved through the black lacquer to the cinnabar ground with a rose blossom surrounded by four interlocking rose scrolls in turn enclosed by a further similar band of rose scrolls, the rim with a stylised scroll band, the cinnabar exterior with spirals and lotus petals above a band of key-fret around the foot
    7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box


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    The unusual stylised lotus band on the back of this dish can be seen on two other examples of thinly carved Song dynasty lacquer dishes also from the Lee family collection; the first, a 'lotus scroll' dish sold at Christie's Hong Kong, Important Chinese Lacquer from the Lee Family Collection, 3 December 2008, lot 2102; and the other also from the Lee family collection, included in the present sale, lot 1805.

    Exhibited

    The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 1990, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, Catalogue, no. 29
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990/91
    The Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Japan, 1991, Chinese Lacquerware, Catalogue, no. 82