An rare brown lacquer flower-shaped dish Song Dynasty
Lot 155
A rare brown lacquer flower-shaped dish Song/Yuan Dynasty
Sold for £21,600 (US$ 36,693) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare brown lacquer flower-shaped dish
Song/Yuan Dynasty
Formed from thin sections of wood showing some movement beneath the even thin opaque dark brown lacquer as a plain flower head, with sixteen radiating petals curving up to form an elevated sinuous rim, the underside also entirely plain and dotted on the base with three small brick-red lacquer patches.
27.5cm (10¾in) wide.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

    The present dish is very rare for its size and form of the ridged lotus petals forming the sides and rim, as Song Dynasty black lacquer dishes are usually in the form of the mallow blossom, and Yuan Dynasty lotus dishes are typically with a barbed rim. This would suggest that the present dish was produced in the 13th/14th century, and was most likely inspired in form by metalwares.

    Compare black lacquered dishes in the shape of mallow and chrysanthemum flowers attributed to the Song Dynasty, illustrated in Lee King Tsi and Hu Shih Chang, Dragon and Phoenix: Chinese Lacquer Ware. The Lee Family Collection, Tokyo, Cologone, 1990, Catalogue nos.17-18. A chrysanthemum-shaped black lacquer dish sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 April 2001, lot 622. For a barbed-rim example attributed to the Yuan Dynasty, see ibid. no.21 and for another from the British Museum see N.de Bisscop and W.G.Kesel,Chinese Lakwerk, Zutphen, Terra, fig.85. Another lotus barbed-rim black lacquer dish attributed to the Yuan Dynasty, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 April 2001, lot 627.
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