AN OVAL LAC BURGAUTE DISH QING DYNASTY, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY
- Black lacquer, abalone-shell and gold foil
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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The Yutang mark is said to have belonged to Yan Donglou or Yan Shifan, who, with his father Yan Song (1480-1567), the chief minister to the Jiajing emperor, held sway over the government of the empire and accumulated immense wealth while the emperor did his best to hide from the responsibilities of his position. The hall name continued to be used in the late-Ming and early-Qing periods as a generalized name for scholarly studio wares. It was also a classical reference to officials of the highest rank, reserved for works of art of exceptional quality.
For examples of related lac burgaute dishes see two, from the collection of Mary and George Bloch, sold in these rooms, 23rd October 2005, lot 31; two, from a set of six, illustrated in Chinese Decorative Arts, Bluett and Sons Ltd., London, 1974, pl. 43; and another, in the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, illustrated in James C. Y. Watt and Barbara Brennan Ford, East Asian Lacquer: The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, New York, 1991, pl. 63.