A zitan 'taiji' seal paste box and cover Ming dynasty
Lot 327
A zitan 'taiji' seal paste box and cover Late Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,256) inc. premium
Lot Details
A zitan 'taiji' seal paste box and cover
Late Ming dynasty
The hexagonal body naturalistically carved in the form of two petalled flowers extending from the cover and the base and covering the sides, each issuing from a centralised taiji medallion, the interior with stepped walls and bulbous volume.
7.2cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • For a mallow-shaped bamboo box of related form from the Qing court collection, Palace Museum, Beijing, preserved in the Palace Museum, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum 44, Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, p.72, pl.65. See also another bamboo palm box with mallow-petal shape from the Qing court collection, illustrated in Small Refined Articles of the Study. The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2009, p.304, no.301.

    The attractive mallow-petalled shapes are also found on boxes made from other organic materials. Compare a Ming dynasty Yijun stoneware box and cover from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn collection, sold in these rooms, 28 November 2011, lot 239.

    明晚期 紫檀雕太極葵花式蓋盒

    蓋盒以整塊紫檀木掏挖而成,通體做葵花造型,子母口。盒底與蓋子頂端均雕刻葵花盛開形態,葵花六莖六葉,並以太極圖作花蕊,盒身雕三莖兩葉花瓣,與盒蓋花瓣重疊,獨具立體感。該蓋盒造型敦實飽滿,紫檀發色深沉典雅,包漿瑩潤透亮,雕刻刀工精煉,邊緣線條圓潤順暢,甚為佳品。

    葵花形樣式亦在其他材質器物上所見,見好善簃珍藏宜興紫砂中一件紫泥宜鈞葵花形蓋盒,後於香港邦瀚斯拍出,2011年11月28日,編號239;另見北京故宮博物院清宮舊藏棕竹葵花行旋紋嵌玉魚戲詩盒,形制與本器相類,李久芳編,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品全集:竹木牙角雕刻》,香港,2002年,頁72,編號65。
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