As ritual bronzes fell out of vogue in the late Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-256 BC), lacquerwares began to take their place as one the most coveted luxury items one could own. Since that time, lacquer has continued to hold its place among highly esteemed collected objects like ceramics and jades. Hailed as one of the world’s top Chinese lacquer collectors, Dr. Hu Shih-chang (1924-2006) assembled a comprehensive collection of some of the finest lacquer pieces. His collection, including pieces from the Warring States period (475-221 BC) all the way through to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), has been widely published and exhibited. The sale includes 33 pieces from this renowned collection.