A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period
Lot 78
A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover
Jiajing six-character mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 937,500 (US$ 120,867) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover Jiajing six-character mark and of the period
A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover
Jiajing six-character mark and of the period
Deeply carved through layers of cinnabar-red, dark green and brown lacquer depicting a round cartouche enclosing a tall pavilion beside gnarled pine trees growing on rocky mountains, detailed with a crane standing in the foreground by the most forward balustrade, an incense burner on the top balcony emitting smoke coiling upwards, forming the word shou flanked by a pair of cranes in flight, encircled by a band of scaly dragons amidst ruyi-shaped clouds repeated on the box above the foot, the straight sides with a diaper pattern, the interiors and base all lacquered red, the reign mark incised in a vertical line and gilt to the centre of the base, together with a Japanese wood box.
25.3cm diam. (3).

Footnotes

  • 明嘉靖 剔彩仙山樓閣圖圓盒 刀刻填金「大明嘉靖年製」楷書款

    Provenance 來源:
    Mr Kenzo Hasegawa (1886-1957), founder of the Kaisendo Museum, circa late 1940s
    Kaisendo Museum, Yamagata
    長谷川賢三(1886-1957),蟹仙洞博物館創始人,約1940年代
    山形縣蟹仙洞博物館藏

    Illustrated 出版:
    Hirokazu Arakawa, Choshitsu, Bijutsu Zenshu (Carved Lacquer), vol.8, Kyoto, 1974, pl.63.
    日本文様研究会,《美術撰集(第8卷)雕漆》,東京,1974年,圖版63。

    The Jiajing Emperor's keen fascination for Daoism and Immortality generated the production of many works of art in a variety of media including lacquer, ceramics and jade, that reflected this interest and were decorated with symbols and designs representing Daoism, Immortality and the auspicious wish for longevity. For instance, mountain pavilions such as the one depicted on the present lot, evoke the notion of Immortals and their dwellings. Pine trees, as are depicted on the present lot are symbolic of Immortality, as are cranes.

    Compare with a carved cinnabar lacquer box and cover, Jiajing mark and of the period, decorated with a similar pavilion, also detailed with a standing crane and enclosed by a circular band of dragons, in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Lacquer Wares of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, Hong Kong, 2006, p.155, pl.116.

    It is exceedingly rare to find Jiajing mark and period polychrome lacquer boxes and covers carved with pavilions, as they are more typically decorated with dragons. Examples of polychrome lacquer boxes and covers with similar carving to the current lot, but decorated with dragons, are in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, and in the Palace Museum, Beijing. These are illustrated respectively in Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors. Treasured lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, p.113, pl.101 and in op.cit., p.177, pl.135.

    盒鼓腹,圓身,子母口,圈足,盒內及底髹朱漆。盒蓋及盒身外壁髹三色漆,以黃褐色漆雕海水錦地,以朱漆及墨綠色漆雕仙山樓閣及雲龍主體紋飾。蓋面重簷樓閣,一鶴在樓台上仰視天空,空中兩仙鶴對視而飛舞,間以綬帶盤長,樓台四周山石、仙松、桃樹及靈芝圍繞,蓋面四周以黃漆地壓雕四雲龍飛舞並間以靈芝。盒身一側雕菱形錦地紋,盒身底部以三色漆雕四龍翻騰雲間,氣宇軒昂,足壁飾迴紋一周。盒底陰刻並填金「大明嘉靖年製」楷書款。

    此盒造型渾厚,刀法純熟鋼煉,刻畫細膩妍秀,並通過曾曾髹漆在同一平面上呈現層次錯落之圖像,而刻畫既有道家仙境的氣息,亦具工筆劃之意境。北京故宮博物院清宮舊藏一件明嘉靖剔紅仙山樓閣圖圓盒,其大小形制及雕刻主題與該盒類似,可資參考,見《故宮博物院藏文物珍品大系:元明漆器》,香港,2006年,頁155,圖版116。嘉靖年之剔彩線漆器中,以仙山樓閣為主題紋是的作品較為少見,另見台北故宮博物院藏一件類似的但以雲龍紋為主體之剔彩圓盒,見《和光剔采-故宮藏漆特展》,台北,2008年,頁113,圖版101及頁177,圖版135。
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