A carved cinnabar lacquer lobed oval tray  Circa 1500
Lot 430*
A rare carved cinnabar lacquer tray First half of the 16th century
£30,000 - 50,000
US$ 50,000 - 83,000
Auction Details
A carved cinnabar lacquer lobed oval tray  Circa 1500
Lot Details
A rare carved cinnabar lacquer tray
First half of the 16th century
Of quatrefoil form, deeply carved to the interior with a riverscape scene depicting a scholar and his attendant, carrying a qin, crossing a bridge by ornamental rockwork and a crane, with islands and pavilions in the background, all enclosed by a wide border of four shaped cartouches, each enclosing various florets, reserved on a diaper ground, enclosed by a diaper pattern at the rim, the underside carved with meandering tendrils, the base lacquered black, Japanese wood box.
20.5cm (8in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • Lacquer trays of this four-lobed oval form are particularly rare, and bear relation to earlier Yuan and early Ming Dynasty examples. See the same border of eight-pointed rosettes on a Yuan Dynasty foliated oval tray from the Lee Family Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2009, lot 1811 and another, with the base inscribed 'Zhang Cheng zao' and dated to the 14th/early 15th century sold in the same rooms, 30 May 2005, lot 1336. Another six-lobed dish, similarly carved with the same rosettes at the rim, with a foliate border framing a scene of scholars within landscapes, bearing an incised six-character mark, is illustrated in 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Hong Kong, 1993, Catalogue no.41. See also a seven-lobed tray carved to the interior with a scholar playing his qin, and his attendant, bordered with wide prunus band and with a similar diaper pattern to the rim, illustrated by K.Mono, Imported lacquerwork - Chinese, Korean and Ryukyuan (Okinawa). Selections from the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, 1997, Catalogue no.99.
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