3683
3683

PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE GENTLEMAN

A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER 'PHOENIX' DISH
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
Estimation
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3683

PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE GENTLEMAN

A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER 'PHOENIX' DISH
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
Estimation
300 000500 000
Lot. Vendu 750,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Important Chinese Art

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A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER 'PHOENIX' DISH
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
with shallow rounded sides resting on a short foot, carved through the thick layers of cinnabar lacquer to the ochre ground with a pair of phoenix, a male and female, soaring amidst peony blooms and dense foliage, each mythical bird rendered with outstretched wings and meticulously rendered plumage, all surrounded by a frieze of floral buds and blooms borne on gnarled leafy stems on the cavetto, the exterior decorated with a band of lush floral blooms amidst dense foliage, the base lacquered black
27.7 cm, 10 7/8  in.
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Provenance

A Japanese collection, by repute.
Tanisho Gallery, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, purchased in 1985, by repute.

Description

This dish is notable for the attention to detail, observed in both the complex composition and the intricate carving of the feathers and petals of the birds and flowers. This vibrant design of a pair of soaring birds surrounded by dense foliage has its roots in the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279).

Comparable examples include a smaller lacquer dish also carved with two phoenixes, attributed to the Jiajing period, from the Qing court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Lacquer Wares of Yuan and Ming Dynasties, Shanghai, 2006, pl. 123; one rendered with six cranes In flight amongst ruyi clouds, with an incised six-character Jiajing mark and of the period, sold in our London rooms, 10th June 1986, lot 80; and another, carved with a dragon amidst waves and rockwork,  sold at Bonhams Hong Kong, 27th November 2014, lot 149.

For a Song dynasty prototype of the design, see a box preserved in the Engaku-ji, Kamakura, included in the exhibition The Colors and Forms of Song and Yuan China: Featuring Lacquerwares, Ceramics, and Metalwares, Nezu Museum, Tokyo, 2004, cat. no. 92. 

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong