18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 13,750
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
AN UNUSUAL PAINTED RED LACQUER AND BASKET-WORK OCTAGONAL DISH
The center finely decorated in the miao jin zhaoqi technique with a scene of scholars on horseback and their attendants approaching a walled compound where other figures can be seen in the various buildings, below panels of gilt-basketweave surrounded by painted gold diaper on the flared, shallow sides, the facets of the exterior painted with vignettes of various flowers and fruits, the bottom of the foot covered in toffee-colored lacquer, the base in brown lacquer
9½ in. (24 cm.) across, box
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The characters on either side of the entrance to the compound are a couplet (duizi), a welcoming message to visitors or a prayer for happiness.
Sammy Y. Lee & Wangs Co., Ltd., Hong Kong, 1973.
Lee Yu-kuan, Oriental Lacquer Art, New York/Tokyo, 1972, p. 184, no. 115.