A RARE POLYCHROME LACQUER ‘DRAGON’ BOX AND COVER
A RARE POLYCHROME LACQUER ‘DRAGON’ BOX AND COVER
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A RARE CARVED POLYCHROME LACQUER ‘DRAGON’ BOX AND COVER

JIAJING INCISED AND GILT SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

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A RARE CARVED POLYCHROME LACQUER ‘DRAGON’ BOX AND COVER
JIAJING INCISED AND GILT SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)
The box is deeply carved through the layers of cinnabar-red, dark green and yellow lacquered ground depicting a sinuous dragon rising above cresting waves, flanked by peony sprays and ruyi-shaped clouds and flaming scrolls, all below a circular shou medallion. The rounded sides are decorated with ribboned precious objects, including the flaming pearl, wan character and lingzhi, the straight rims with an elaborate diaper band, and the foot encircled by keyfret border. The interiors and the base are lacquered black and the reign mark is incised and gilt in a line to the centre of the base.
7 ¾ in. (19.5 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box
Provenance
Sold at Bonhams London, 11 November 2010, Lot 429

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Lot Essay

Compare to a similar Jiajing mark and period three-colour lacquer circular ‘dragon’ box, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28 November 2012, lot 2096. Compare also a larger (28.5 cm.) but closely related Jiajing example carved with same theme, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum Lacquer Wares of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, Hong Kong, 2006, no. 135 (fig. 1).

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