153
153
A CARVED BLACK LACQUER 'PHOENIX' BRUSHPOT
17TH CENTURY
Estimation
60 00080 000
Lot. Vendu 687,500 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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153
A CARVED BLACK LACQUER 'PHOENIX' BRUSHPOT
17TH CENTURY
Estimation
60 00080 000
Lot. Vendu 687,500 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō

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A CARVED BLACK LACQUER 'PHOENIX' BRUSHPOT
17TH CENTURY
of cylindrical section, the sides supported on a flat base, finely carved through layers of black lacquer to the red ground below on the exterior with a striking design of two phoenix with outstretched wings flying amid beribboned auspicious objects, including ingots, stone chimes, double gourds and scrolls, the male distinguished from the female bird by his long serrated tail feathers, flying above a branch of peaches, the female with plain curling tail feathers wreathed in foliate sprays of chrysanthemum and camellias, all detailed with either a floral, cash or wan symbol-diaper ground, the feathers delineated with fine incisions, the red lower ground picked out with floral diapers, the interior and base left plain
13.7 cm., 5 3/8  in. 
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Description

Lacquer brushpots are very rare, since even lacquer layers are difficult to apply to vertical shapes. Carved lacquer of this type, with low relief scenes depicted in black against a red diaper ground, belong to a group of large vessels created towards the end of the Ming dynasty. A long rectangular box depicting figures in a pavilion setting, is illustrated in Karamono. Selections from the Tokugawa Art Museum, no. 2, Nagoya, 1997, pl. 108; a meiping vase and cylindrical box, respectively decorated with panels of flowers and figures in a landscape, is published in Zhongguo qiqi quanji [Complete series on Chinese lacquer], vol. 5, Fuzhou, 1995, pls. 172 and 173; an octagonal box with figures in landscapes is included in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, pl. 379; and a scroll tray carved with insects and flowers, was sold at Christie’s New York, 29th March 2006, lot 252.

Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō

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Hong Kong