An exceptional and important carved cinnabar lacquer bowl stand, Ming dynasty, Hongwu period, Yongle and Xuande marks | 明洪武 剔紅花卉紋盞托 《大明永樂年製》、《大明宣德年製》款
Property from the Baoyizhai Collection 抱一齋珍藏
Property from the Baoyizhai Collection
An exceptional and important carved cinnabar lacquer bowl stand
Ming dynasty, Hongwu period, Yongle and Xuande marks
明洪武 剔紅花卉紋盞托 《大明永樂年製》、《大明宣德年製》款
the finely carved vessel of robust construction, with deep rounded sides collared with a seven-lobed dish and supported on a flared foot, deeply carved through layers of cinnabar lacquer to a buff-coloured ground with six blossoming flowers and corresponding leaves, including gardenia, peony, pomegranate, chrysanthemum, camellia and hibiscus, beneath a plain band on the incurved rim, all repeated on the top and underside of the dish and around the foot, the details of the stamen intricately carved and the leaves engraved with veins, the interior of the 'bowl' and the foot lacquered dark brown, the foot gilt-incised vertically with six-character Xuande mark, superimposed on an erased perpendicular Yongle mark
The bowl stand is preserved in good condition, with just typical age cracks, general surface wear and retouching to the rims.
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Sotheby's London, 13th December 1983, lot 56.
Keitaku Takagi (K.T. Lee).
Lee King Tsi and Hu Shih-Chang, 'Carved Lacquer of the Hongwu Period', Oriental Art, vol. 47, no. 1, 2001, pp. 10-20; Chinese version, The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art, vol. 220, 2001, pp. 56-71; reprinted in Layered Beauty, op.cit., pp. 171-182, 215-224.
2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. 46.
Layered Beauty: The Baoyizhai Collection of Chinese Lacquer, Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2010, cat. no. 36.