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AN EXTREMELY RARE CARVED THREE-COLOUR LACQUER SCROLL-REST
AN EXTREMELY RARE CARVED THREE-COLOUR LACQUER SCROLL-REST

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AN EXTREMELY RARE CARVED THREE-COLOUR LACQUER SCROLL-REST
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY

The concave upper surface finely carved through the red and green lacquer layers to reveal the yellow lacquer ground with a pair of long tailed pheasants in flight amid peony branches reserved against a dense floral ground of a contrasting darker tone, all framed by a thin star-burst diaper border at the rim, the sides with classic guri scrolls, the recessed base lacquered in black
16 7/8 in. (42.7 cm.) long, Japanese wood box

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Lacquer scroll rests are extremely rare and appear to be found primarily in Japanese collections, suggesting they may have been made by special order for the Japanese market.

Compare with another carved lacquer scroll rest carved to each surface with a dense composite flower meander, but constructed with twin recessed planes to the upper section to hold a pair of scrolls in the Tokugawa Art Museum illustrated in Imported Lacquerwork -Chinese, Korean and Ryukyuan, Japan, 1997, no. 66

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