A rare red lacquer carved saucer dish
Incised and gilt Jiajing six-character mark and of the period
Carved in crisp relief at the centre of the interior with three upright peaches issuing from a single leafy branch on a ground of leiwen, each scale ground carved in relief with characters reading respectively lu (high rank), shou (long life) and fu (happiness), the peaches and inscription highly auspicious as a gift, the border with two five-clawed dragons striding in mutual pursuit of upturned flower heads on a sinuous tendril, the underside with a dense leafy meander of peony, chrysanthemum and lotus, Japanese silk bag and lacquer box and cover.
19cm (7½in) diam. (4).