Further boxes belonging to this special group may be found in Japan, such as one included in the Tokyo National Museum exhibition Chinese Arts of the Ming and Ch’ing Periods, Tokyo, 1977, cat. no. 499, together with two from the Nezu Art Museum, cat. nos. 497-8.
Boxes of this type may also be found with incised Yongle marks beneath a carved Xuande mark. Lee Yu-Kuan in Oriental Lacquer Art, New York, 1972, pp. 40-41, suggests that the group of Yongle wares with Xuande marks can be dated to the short period when finished lacquer was still in the workshops but had not yet been presented to the Yongle emperor before his sudden death in 1424. The Yongle marks were then changed to Xuande for presentation to the new Xuande emperor in the early months of his reign, but still using the Yongle position of the mark down the left hand side rather than the inscription down the centre or across the top adopted for Xuande wares. For example, see three of these boxes in the Palace Museum included op.cit., pls. 47-49; and another sold in these rooms, 11th April 2008, lot 2947.
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