A rare and large pair of cinnabar lacquer vases and stands 18th/19th century
Lot 308
A rare and large pair of cinnabar lacquer vases and stands
18th/19th century
£100,000 - 150,000
US$ 160,000 - 230,000

Lot Details
A rare and large pair of cinnabar lacquer vases and stands 18th/19th century
A rare and large pair of cinnabar lacquer vases and stands
18th/19th century
Each six-sided vase with a lobed cartouche on each side, variously carved with scenes containing scholars and Immortals, including a scholar with his boy attendant observing Lu Dongbin and Li Tieguai from across a river, Cao Guojiu with castanets and Zhongli Quan with fan gesturing towards Han Xian'gu with a lotus leaf, Han Xiangzi playing his flute as a scholar crosses a bridge with a peach-laden branch, the laughing Hehe Erxian with lotus and box watching Zhang Guolao and Lan Cai, each group within a river scene set with pagodas and rocky banks, the foot and neck of each vase densely carved with scrolling lotus and chrysanthemum meanders, all raised above a leiwen ground of black lacquer, each stand raised on six ruyi-shaped feet and carved with dense lotus scrolls. Each vase with stand 87cm (34¼in) high (4).

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 剔紅開光人物故事圖大瓶一對

    Provenance: A distinguished European private collection

    來源:顯赫歐洲私人收藏

    This remarkably imposing pair of lacquer vases and stands are a very fine example of lacquer production in the very late 18th century or possibly the first decades of the 19th century. The quality and style of carving, as well as the generous use of negative space emphasising the carved design are typical to the style prevalent during the Qianlong period and which naturally would have continued onto the subsequent Jiaqing reign. The darker tone of the red lacquer and fine lappet border on the stands can be attributed to the late 18th century and onto the 19th century.

    Compare the pair of archaistic carved lacquer vases, cyclically dated to 1784, from the British Museum, illustrated by Derek Clifford, Chinese Carved Lacquer, London, 1992, p.135, pl.109, with similarly carved lotus scroll borders; see also a related cinnabar lacquer vase, 18th/19th century, illustrated in Chen Huixia, Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, pl.166.

    A related smaller carved three-colour lacquer four-lobed vase, Qianlong, was sold at Christie's New York, 19 March 2009, lot 592.
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