569
569

PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A RARE 'TIXI' LACQUER BOX AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD 
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 USD
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569

PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A RARE 'TIXI' LACQUER BOX AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD 
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE 'TIXI' LACQUER BOX AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD 
of circular section with a flattened top, the upper surface of the cover deeply carved with fluid swirling classic scrolls extending down the sides revealing alternating layers of red, black and yellow lacquers, the sides of the box similarly carved, the interiors and recessed base lacquered black, the base incised with a three-character mark reading Yang Mao zao (made by Yang Mao), Japanese wood box (3)
Diameter 4 1/8  in., 10.4 cm
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Provenance

Christie's Hong Kong, 30th April 2001, lot 642.

Catalogue Note

The carved design on the current box, known as tixi or the Japanese term, guri (curves and circles), was a pattern established towards the end of the Song dynasty.  The design on the current box, where the geometric design is made up mainly of detached ruyi motifs gained popularity from the Yuan dynasty onwards. 

See two tixi lacquer boxes of similar form and closely related design, one in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, published in Hai-wai Yi-chen. Chinese Art in Overseas Collections. Lacquerware, Taipei, 1987, pl. 73; and the other included in the exhibition East Asian Lacquer. The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, cat. no. 11. 

Compare the tixi lacquer box and cover sold in our London rooms, 16th May 2012, lot 68; and another, of larger size (8 3/8  in., 21.3 cm), sold in these rooms, 16th-17th September 2014, lot 546. 

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