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A THREE-COLOURED CINNABAR LACQUER 'SHOULAO' DISH
MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI
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A THREE-COLOURED CINNABAR LACQUER 'SHOULAO' DISH
MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI
Estimation
500 000700 000
Lot. Vendu 1,240,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō

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A THREE-COLOURED CINNABAR LACQUER 'SHOULAO' DISH
MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI
of circular form, finely carved in varied levels of relief through the layers of rich cinnabar lacquer to the green and ochre yellow ground with a central medallion enclosing Shoulao riding on his companion deer surrounded by three attendants, one greeting his arrival, the other following the immortal while clutching a peach sprig and holding a pole suspending a double gourd, the third dressed in a long-sleeved robe dancing near a standing phoenix, all against a floral diaper foreground laden with jagged rocks, below a gnarled pine overhanging the roof of a pavilion emerging from thick billows of clouds, the ochre-yellow sky incised with leiwen, the cavetto encircled with four dragons striding in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' among ruyi-shaped clouds, the reverse with a scroll of hibiscus borne on a continuous leafy stem against an ochre-yellow ground, the base lacquered in red and incised with a six-character gilt vertical reign mark
25.7 cm., 10 1/8  in.
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Provenance

Christie’s London, 29th June 1970, lot 43.
Sotheby’s London, 1st/2nd April 1974, lot 120.

Description

A related dish illustrating a sage and three attendants, also with a Wanli reign mark and of the period, in the collection of the National Museums of Scotland, is illustrated in Hu Shih-chang and Jane Wilkinson, Chinese Lacquer, Edinburgh, 1998, p. 46, pl. 21, where the authors note that there are three types of engraved and gilded reign marks on official Wanli lacquerwares: the six-character reign mark placed vertically at the centre of the base, as seen on the present dish, is an example of the earliest marks produced before 1583, following in the traditional style of the Jiajing and Longqing periods, while later marks are either made up of eight character cyclical dates placed vertically or, more frequently, placed horizontally at the top of the base on pieces produced after 1583.

The playful scene carved to reveal the different layers of coloured lacquer is characteristic of early Wanli carved lacquer and closely follows the style of Jiajing polychrome lacquer designs. See a Jiajing mark and period dish illustrating a street vendor surrounded by eight children at play, the well similarly carved with dragons but with the five claws remaining intact, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Wang Shixiang, Ancient Chinese Lacquer, Beijing, 1987, pl. 63.

This dish also illustrates the close correspondence between craftsmen working in a variety of media; compare, for example, a slightly larger wucai porcelain dish decorated with a similar composition of Shoulao in a landscape, but surrounded by the Eight Immortals and ruyi clouds supporting shou characters around the well, sold in these rooms, 27th April 1999, lot 414.

Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō

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Hong Kong