A red lacquer circular dish carved with foliage Circa 1400
Lot 427*
A very fine cinnabar lacquer circular carved 'oleander' dish Yongle
£80,000 - 120,000
US$ 130,000 - 200,000
Auction Details
A very fine cinnabar lacquer circular carved 'oleander' dish Yongle A very fine cinnabar lacquer circular carved 'oleander' dish Yongle A carved cinnabar lacquer circular 'gardenia' dish Yuan Dynasty
Lot Details
A very fine cinnabar lacquer circular carved 'oleander' dish
Yongle
Resting on a wide short foot with shallow rounded sides, deeply carved through the layers of red lacquer with large gardenia blooms borne on leafy and budding stems, the wide leaves finely incised with lines to depict their veining, the exterior carved with a meandering scroll of lingzhi fungus, the base lacquered black, Japanese wood box.
20.5cm (8in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • The largest group of fifteenth-century carved lacquers consists of those with floral decoration, such as the present example. In his 1979 publication, Sir Harry Garner argues the case that their bold and dense designs bear close affinity to silk brocade decoration of the period, which may have proved to be the inspiration for the design of foliate lacquer wares such as the present example, see H.Garner, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, p.86.

    Oleanders are rarely depicted in Chinese art, and no comparable lacquer carved with this floral design appears to be published. However, for related dishes of the same period, carved with various foliate designs in similar dense compositions, see a slightly larger circular dish carved with peonies, formerly in the Lee Family collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2009, lot 1813. Similar stylistic comparisons, such as the dense floral composition and broad incised leaves can also be seen on a cinnabar lacquer box carved with camellias in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by H.Garner, ibid, pl.32.
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