A black tixi lacquer rectangular footed tray, 15th-16th century. Estimate US$ 15,000 – 25,000 (€12,000 – 20,000). Photo Bonhams.
Formed with indented corners to the shallow curving well, centered with a rosette formed by two consecutive rings of five ruyi lappets, then two consecutive rectangles each with sixteen lappets and subsidiary scrolls issuing from the lappets at the corners, the exterior walls each carved with four lappets above a tall foot surrounding the recessed base, the black lacquer layers interrupted by two layers of red lacquer and displaying long lines of craquelure on the underside. 9 1/4 x 9in (23.5 x 23cm)
Compare the four-sided tray with the black tixi lacquer eight lobed dish sold in Christie’s, Hong Kong sale 2711, 27 May 2009, lot 1897, as early Ming, 15th century (7 1/8in/18.2cm diameter). See also the carved tixi lacquer three-tiered box and cover sold in Bonham’s, Hong Kong sale 15717, 26 November 2007, lot 24, as 15th/16th century (7 7/8in/20cm high).
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 16 Dec 2014 10:00 PST – SAN FRANCISCO