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Lot 3573: A HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY RARE IMPERIAL POLYCHROME LACQUER 'DRAGON' BOX

Est: $5,000,000 HKD - $7,000,000 HKDSold:
Christie'sJune 01, 2011Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Item Overview

Description

A HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY RARE IMPERIAL POLYCHROME LACQUER 'DRAGON' BOX
WANLI PERIOD (1573-1619)
Superbly carved to the flat cover through layers of cinnabar, green and yellow lacquer with a central roundel containing a fierce full-face dragon, its eyes picked out in black, amidst vaporous ruyi-shaped clouds coiling around a 'flaming pearl', the central roundel encircled by six further roundels depicting similar dragons shown in profile facing the central dominant dragon, their bodies alternately picked out in cinnabar and green, the roundels separated by ruyi clouds and lotus sprigs, the sides of the box and cover with shaped panels depicting two rows of four confronted green and cinnabar dragons separated by the Eight Buddhist Emblems, all against intricate yellow and cinnabar lacquer diaper grounds, the interiors and base lacquered black
17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box

Exhibited

Tokyo National Museum, Exhibition of Oriental Lacquer Arts, Tokyo, 1977, illustrated in the Catalogue, p. 253, no. 549

Literature

Bijutsu Senshu Dai Hachi Kan, Cho Shitsu (Carved Lacquer), 1974, Fuji Art Publications, Japan, no. 61

Notes

PROPERTY FROM THE KAISENDO MUSEUM, YAMAGATA, JAPAN

A HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY RARE IMPERIAL POLYCHROME LACQUER 'DRAGON' BOX
WANLI PERIOD (1573-1619)
Superbly carved to the flat cover through layers of cinnabar, green and yellow lacquer with a central roundel containing a fierce full-face dragon, its eyes picked out in black, amidst vaporous ruyi-shaped clouds coiling around a 'flaming pearl', the central roundel encircled by six further roundels depicting similar dragons shown in profile facing the central dominant dragon, their bodies alternately picked out in cinnabar and green, the roundels separated by ruyi clouds and lotus sprigs, the sides of the box and cover with shaped panels depicting two rows of four confronted green and cinnabar dragons separated by the Eight Buddhist Emblems, all against intricate yellow and cinnabar lacquer diaper grounds, the interiors and base lacquered black
17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box

Auction Details

The Imperial Sale

by
Christie's
June 01, 2011, 12:00 AM ChST

2203-8 Alexandra House 16-20 Chater Road, Hong Kong, HK