A carved cinnabar lacquer square tray, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s.
with canted incurved corners and shallow rounded sides, supported on a straight foot of corresponding shape, the interior elaborately carved with a scenery depicting a group of scholars sitting astride horses en route to a pavilion, their assistants carrying qin (zither) and other items around them, the landscape laden with verdant vegetation and rocky cliffs, the exterior with four dragons writhing sinuously above a petal lappet band, the base lacquered black; 17.4 by 17.4 cm., 6 7/8 by 6 7/8 in.
EXHIBITED: 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. 73.
Layered Beauty: The Baoyizhai Collection of Chinese Lacquer, Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2010, cat. no. 47.
Sotheby’s. The Baoyizhai Collection of Chinese Lacquer, Part 2. Hong Kong | 08 oct. 2014, 11:00 AM