3457
3457
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID LACQUER OCTAGONAL 'MAGPIE AND PRUNUS' TRAY
YUAN – EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimate
500,000700,000
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3457
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID LACQUER OCTAGONAL 'MAGPIE AND PRUNUS' TRAY
YUAN – EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimate
500,000700,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II

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A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID LACQUER OCTAGONAL 'MAGPIE AND PRUNUS' TRAY
YUAN – EARLY MING DYNASTY
of octagonal form, with shallow rounded sides rising from a slightly recessed base to a flat everted rim, all raised on a high straight foot of corresponding form, the interior decorated with gnarled branches bearing prunus buds and blooms of varying sizes, further rendered with two magpies perched atop a branch with a crescent moon in the distance, each of the birds portrayed with dense plumage, the cavetto divided into eight trapezoidal cartouches, each with cusped corners and enclosing a floral spray below a floral band encircling the rim, each rounded side of the exterior further detailed with a floral bloom wreathed by leafy stems, all atop eight rectangular panels of floral diaper skirting the octagonal high foot, all decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay against the dark brownish-black lacquer body 
39.1 cm, 15 3/8  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Paris, 18th December 2009, lot 134.

Catalogue Note

Another closely related dish of this form and related design from the Florence and Herbert Irving collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, was included in the exhibition East Asian Lacquer. The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, cat. no. 55.

Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II

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Hong Kong