A superbly carved large cinnabar lacquer 'peony' box and cover, Mark and period of Yongle | 明永樂 剔紅纏枝牡丹紋大圓蓋盒 《大明永樂年製》款
A superbly carved large cinnabar lacquer 'peony' box and cover,
Mark and period of Yongle
明永樂 剔紅纏枝牡丹紋大圓蓋盒 《大明永樂年製》款
of circular form, superbly carved on the top and around the sides through thick layers of red lacquer to reveal the ochre-yellow ground, the flat top carved with five large peony blooms and four smaller ones shown in various stages of maturity and wreathed by dense foliage, the blooms purposefully laid out across the space and detailed with fine and crisply incised veins, the sides of the cover and box bordered by composite floral bands consisting of peonies and chrysanthemums, the interior and base lacquered black, incised with a vertical six-character reign mark on the left side of the base, Japanese wood box
d. 31.5 cm, overall h. 9 cm
In overall excellent condition with no structural issues. There are some typical age cracks and minor associated losses to both the box and cover, including age cracks circulating the inner foot rim; one tiny loss (approx. 0.5 x 0.3cm) above the foot, and another small loss to the edge of the cover.
整體品相及結構完好，器身及器蓋有少許漆器常見之舊裂及剝漆，包括足墻内圈兩處舊裂，盒下方近足部一處約0.5 x 0.3公分剝漆，蓋頂沿見小磕剝漆。
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Christie's Hong Kong, 30th April 2001, lot 637 and back cover.