A rare qiangjin red lacquer sutra box and cover, Ming dynasty, Yongle period | 明永樂 朱漆戧金八吉祥紋經盒
20,000 - 25,000 GBP
A rare qiangjin red lacquer sutra box and cover
Ming dynasty, Yongle period
of rectangular shape, the sides finely incised and gilt with a continuous scroll of lotus flowers on a vibrant red ground, each flower-head supporting one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems, the hinged cover with canted edges, further decorated with wisps of ruyi-shaped clouds and meandering foliate scrolls, with a gilt-metal lockplate and clasp, the interior lined with a silk textile
Width 40.1 cm, 15⅞ in.
There are a matrix of lacquer crackles to the top of the cover and rubbing and loss to the gilded decoration with only minor light rubbing and loss to the gilded decoration on the sides of the cover and box. There are some nibbles to the lacquer along the bottom edge of the box and several small areas of lacquer flaking to the base of the box. The interior silk has some tears, staining, fading and a 2x1cm., area of loss.
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Christopher Bruckner Asian Art Gallery, London.
Céline 及 Christopher Bruckner， 《Chinese Imperial Patronage: Treasures from Temples and Palaces》，卷二，倫敦，2005年，編號3