Zhang Cheng is known from the Gegu yaolun
[The Essential Criteria of Antiquities] by Cao Zhao of 1388. Few other known pieces bear the same Zhangcheng zao
mark. Compare a shallow dish at the British Museum, illustrated in Harry Garner, Chinese Lacquer
, London, 1979, pls 51-52; and a dish carved with gardenia in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Lacquer Wares of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties,
Hong Kong, 2006, cat. no. 3. A box and cover with Zhang Cheng signature and a further inscription in phagspa
, the Yuan official script, and thus firmly attributed to the Yuan dynasty, was included in the exhibition Two Thousand Years of Chinese Lacquer
, The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. 34.
Compare also a similar example smaller in size, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 2nd May 2005, lot 621.