London, South Kensington
10 September 2009
A PAIR OF TIXI LACQUER CUPS, MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
the exterior deeply carved through multiple layers of alternating red and black lacquer with a repeated ruyi motif and further scrolling designs, the interior and base with silvered metal linings -- 3¾in. (9.7cm.) wide. (2)
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A similarly decorated bowl was formerly in the collection of Sir Harry Garner, illustrated in Chinese and Associated Lacquer from the Garner Collection, 1973, no. 11, pl.5b. The Garner bowl is dated to the 15th-16th century.
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