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A 'GURI' LACQUER BOX AND COVER
YUAN DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
53
A 'GURI' LACQUER BOX AND COVER
YUAN DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A 'GURI' LACQUER BOX AND COVER
YUAN DYNASTY
of circular section, the cover carved in fluid scrollwork revealing alternating layers of red, black, yellow and green lacquer, the sides similarly carved with scalloped partial scrolls, the countersunk base incised with a three-character mark 'Zhangcheng zao' (2)
Diameter 4 1/2  in., 11.4 cm
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Provenance

Alice Boney, New York. 
Ji Zhen Zhai Collection, until 2015.

Exhibited

Treasures of the Chinese Scholar, Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, New York and Tokyo, 1997, fig. 147.

Catalogue Note

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.

Important Chinese Art

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New York