London, South Kensington
28 November 1996
A Chinese black lacquer hexafoil footed dish
painted and gilt with butterflies among chrysanthemums issuing from rockwork within an inlaid mother-of-pearl boder of further scattered chrysanthemum sprays -- 14½.in (36.9cm) wide, 17th Century, wood box, (old wear).
See Colour Plate.
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