156
156
A CINNABAR LACQUER STEMCUP
MING DYNASTY, JIAJING PERIOD
Estimation
200 000300 000
Lot. Vendu 850,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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156
A CINNABAR LACQUER STEMCUP
MING DYNASTY, JIAJING PERIOD
Estimation
200 000300 000
Lot. Vendu 850,000 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 CINNABAR LACQUER STEMCUP
MING DYNASTY, JIAJING PERIOD
the bowl with deep rounded sides rising to an everted rim, raised on a splayed stem and flat base, deeply carved in varied relief against a floral diaper ground, the exterior with two sprigs of lychee naturalistically detailed with gnarled stalks and furled leaves, one suspended from the key-fret border encircling the mouthrim and bearing three fruits, the other growing from the row of mallow petals skirting the base and yielding four other fruits, their skin variously textured with different diaper patterns, the stem wrapped with a sprig of lingzhi above a border of halved floral diapers surrounding the foot, the interior and base lacquered in dark brown
diameter 7.6 cm., 3 in.
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Description

Lychee-decorated vessels of this type belong to a distinct group of carved lacquer in which the surfaces of fruit, particularly lychee, were decorated with diapers previously employed for the background of decorative scenes. Compare a pair of similarly decorated bowls, related in form to the cup of the present piece, included in the exhibition Im Zeichen des Drachen, Museum für Lackkunst, Munster, 2006, cat. no. 60; and another bowl sold in our London rooms, 8th December 1992, lot 26. For small boxes carved with branches of lychee of this type, see a circular example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in 200 Objects You Should Know. Carved Lacquerware, Beijing, 2008, pl. 41; another sold in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 3011; and a cylindrical example included in the exhibition East Asian Lacquer. The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, cat. no. 40.

The close dialogue between workshops that specialised in different materials is evident in the frequent appearance of decorative motifs and forms in a variety of media; for example see a small cylindrical jade box carved with lychees similar to Irving box, from the Zhirouzhai collection, included in the exhibition Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1980, cat. no. 115.

Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō

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Hong Kong