A storage chest Tibet, 16th/17th century

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Lot 1020W
A storage chest
Tibet, 16th/17th century

Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
A storage chest
Tibet, 16th/17th century
Ground mineral pigments, cloth, wood and metal; the tray-form lid sits above a painted front panel decorated with a kati rimo style lattice work design around a central cartouche populated by a writhing gilt dragon holding an offering bowl containing precious jewels and gems of the chakravartin set amid large peonies and floral forms. The large gilt scrolling arabesques spandrels and floral cartouche border frames the whole composition. 44 ½ x 16 x 22 in (113 x 40.6 x 55.9 cm.)

Footnotes

  • As noted by Luca and Camilla Corona (Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life, Chicago, 2004, p. 48) 'These storage boxes are cuboids, with straight sides, lids of which are attached to small side sections, with the main decoration on the front panel continuing on to the front part of the lid.' He also notes that during the time of stability within Tibet during the rule if the Fifth Dalai Lama (late 17th century) trade and relations with the Manchu rulers of China flourished, 'Gifts flowed in from Mongol and Manchu patrons, and Chinese brocades became the predominant source of inspiration for the design vocabulary of the boxes, which were in turn used to store the same brocades' Anninois notes in his discussion of the present lot (ibid, p.51), "This design layout, resembling a carpet, is a fundamental approach to décor in Central Asia (in the widest sense), although the design elements of the textile pattern and borders are based immediately on Chinese models" Dale Gluckman Wooden Wonders (ibid, p.77) notes that this textile design "...possibly goes back to the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), as the earliest known examples show the extensive use of gold and the tiny geometric filling patterns so favored by the Mongol rulers of this dynasty."

    Provenance:
    Acquired from Tony Anninos, San Francisco.

    Published:
    Tony Anninos, Arts of Asia, Painted Tibetan Furniture, Volume 27, Number 1, January February 1997, detail on front cover and no. 4, p. 50.
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A storage chest Tibet, 16th/17th century
A storage chest Tibet, 16th/17th century
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