A circular lacquer 'Immortal' box and cover Qianlong
Lot 403
A circular lacquer 'Immortal' box and cover Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 137,500 (US$ 17,701) inc. premium

Lot Details
A circular lacquer 'Immortal' box and cover Qianlong
Property from an important private collection (lots 381-403)
A circular lacquer 'Immortal' box and cover
Qianlong
Of cylindrical form, the main circular cartouche carved with a landscape scene of two Immortals with an attendant strolling under a pine tree and by a lake amongst distant mountains, all finely worked on rich thick red lacquer carved in relief into three layers of diaper ground, the base and interior lacquered black.
10.8cm diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 御製仙人春遊剔紅蓋盒

    Provenance 來源:
    Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo
    Christie's London, 14 November 2003, lot 30
    東京出光美術館
    英國佳士得2003年11月14日,拍品30

    Compare other similar circular red lacquer boxes and cover with intricately worked landscape scenes dated to the Qianlong period, currently preserved in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colours. Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, pp.125-127, no.116-121. See also another example currently preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum 46. Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 2006, p.42, no.26.

    蓋盒為蔗段式,子母口,平底,底部及盒內髹黑漆。錫胎。漆層厚實,雕工極為精細。蓋面上裝飾的題材,為曲水流觴之景,有山水流雲,山花野草等物事。松蔭下兩位仙人與一侍童佇立,遠眺仙山,高峯巍聳,峭壁秀麗,流雲縱橫,襯以仙花異草。紋飾空隙處,鋪陳平行囘紋錦地紋飾,散發出一片寧靜脫俗清幽之景,如此般精美剔紅漆盒,大部分用於裝盛皇宮內庭之貴重物品,例如珠寶、墨或班指等。

    「剔紅」是在器物的胎型上,塗上數十層生漆,等乾後再雕刻出浮雕的紋樣,屬雕漆的品種之一,又名「雕紅漆」或「紅雕漆」,此技法成熟於宋元時期,發展於明清兩代,於乾隆朝間更達到空前繁榮之境界,在紫禁城中乾隆朝雕漆被廣泛陳設於宮廷各重要宮殿中。
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