A carved black lacquer circular 'peony' dish 14th century
Lot 425*
A fine black lacquer circular carved 'peony' dish 14th century
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 67,000 - 100,000
Auction Details
A fine black lacquer circular carved 'peony' dish 14th century
Lot Details
A fine black lacquer circular carved 'peony' dish
14th century
With shallow rounded sides, the interior deeply carved to the interior with a dense design of a large blossoming peony surrounded by further peony sprays, all borne on meandering leafy tendrils, the underside similarly carved with scrolling blossoms, the base lacquered brown, Japanese wood box.
17.5cm (7in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: a Japanese private collection

    Bold, deeply carved floral designs, such the peony blossom seen on the present dish, are typical of the best examples of 15th century lacquer production. The dense composition and use of a large, central bloom can also be seen on another black-lacquered peony dish, dated to the 14th century, in the Tokugawa Museum, illustrated by K.Mono, Imported lacquerwork - Chinese, Korean and Ryukyuan (Okinawa). Selections from the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, 1997, Catalogue no.39

    Another related dish in the collection of the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, carved with large blossoming hibiscus blooms, is illustrated by H.Garner, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, fig.34.
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