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A RARE CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CUP-STAND
A RARE CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CUP-STAND

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A RARE CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CUP-STAND
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY

Finely carved through the thick lacquer to the top and underside of the bracket lobed tray with five seasonal flowers including chrysanthemum, peony, and camellia, with smaller buds dividing the full blooms, with a similar composite flower scroll to the rounded body and to the splayed foot, all reserved on a buff coloured ground, the interior lacquered in black
8 1/4 in. (21cm.) wide, Japanese wood box
Provenance
A Japanese Private Collection

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Compare with another cup stand dated Yongle included in the Hong Kong Oriental Ceramic Society special exhibition 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Catalogue, Hong Kong, 1993, no. 46 where the authors state that these types of bowl stands are quite rare in the early 15th century and were made for the Imperial court in several sizes, the current example being the smallest. Compare also with an example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, bearing a Yongle mark, illustrated by Li Jiufeng, Gugong Bowuyuan cang diaoqi (Carved Lacquer in the Collection of the Palace Museum), Beijing, Palace Museum, 1985, no. 47; and to the two bowl stands illustrated in Carved Lacquer, Tokyo: Tokugawa Art Museum and Nezu Institute of Fine Art, 1984, nos. 83 and 84.

Whereas the examples cited above have tightly arranged floral designs and are all dated early 15th century, the current cup has a slightly 'looser' pattern, suggesting somewhat later date of manufacture.

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