A zitan box and cover Ming dynasty
Lot 337
A zitan box and cover Late Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 68,750 (US$ 8,869) inc. premium

Lot Details
A zitan box and cover
Late Ming dynasty
The rectangular concaved base rising gently on curved sides ending in a domed cover, both lipped rims fitted securely atop grooved steps at the inside, the four sides fastened tightly at the corners, the underside of the cover with another recessed rectangular platform, all undecorated revealing the attractive wood grain.
15.2cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    An American private collection

    Plain zitan boxes and covers such as the current lot are typical of the style popularised during the late Ming period.

    For an example of a late Ming dynasty zitan box and cover with various inlaid hardstones in the Qing court collection, Palace Museum, Beijing, see Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2002, p.275, no.220.

    明晚期 紫檀香盒

    盒呈長方形,寛邊淺底足,四面腹壁微斂,扁平形蓋面微凸,蓋內側呈一下凹矩形,與底足對應,盒蓋與盒身子母相扣,盒蓋外沿一圈陽線自然挺拔。紫檀木四面拼接成型,木質堅密細膩,色澤深沉典雅,包漿油潤,紋理自然,細雨牛毛紋中偶見金星。

    此盒周身光素無紋,紫檀紋理清新自然,古韻樸拙,為明式文房用具風格。
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