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572

PROPERTY FROM A JAPANESE FAMILY COLLECTION

A RARE LOBED CINNABAR LACQUER 'BOYS' BOX AND COVER
JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
572

PROPERTY FROM A JAPANESE FAMILY COLLECTION

A RARE LOBED CINNABAR LACQUER 'BOYS' BOX AND COVER
JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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A RARE LOBED CINNABAR LACQUER 'BOYS' BOX AND COVER
JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD
the cinquefoil lobed cover finely carved to the top with a scene of eight boys at play within a walled garden, with four boys playing musical instruments including the drum, cymbals and pipe, whilst two other hold up poles suspending wanzi and fish, with another hiding behind rockwork, all encircling a central figure who raises a large dish planted with lingzhi and rockwork above his head, the rockwork emitting vapor which contorts to form a stylized shou character above, all amidst lingzhi, peony and pine trees and reserved against diaper grounds, the sides carved with a register of five striding dragons, each with its fifth claws effaced, and an undulating lingzhi scroll border, the sides of the box similarly carved, the interiors and base lacquered black, the base incised in gilt with the six-character mark, Japanese wood box (3)
Width 8 3/4  in., 22.2 cm
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Exhibited

Kyoto National Museum, 1950s-60s until 2016 (on loan). 

Catalogue Note

Whilst depictions of boys at play and Daoist motifs are commonly found on ceramics and works of art of the Jiajing period, the combination of the lobed form and arrangement of the figures on the present box is rare. Compare a box and cover of the same form, inscribed and gilt with a Jiajing reign mark, carved with dragons in the collection of National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors. Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, cat. no. 95. 

Important Chinese Art

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New York