London, South Kensington
18 May 2007
A large tixi lacquer bowl, early 15th century
with rounded sides rising to the flaring ridged rim holding the lining in place, supported on a tapering foot with a channeled red lacquered band, the exterior deeply carved through alternate layers of red and black lacquer with two registers of sword-guard shaped scrolling lappets above a border of corresponding upright ruyi heads, the interior with metal lining -- 9 3/8in. (23.8cm.) diam.
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Compare a smaller similarly carved bowl dated as early 15th century offered for sale by Bluett and Sons in the June 1989 exhibition From Innovation to Conformity: Chinese Lacquer from the 13th to 16th Centuries, pl.20.
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