A small black and red guri lacquer seal paste box and cover and a black guri stemcup, Yuan-early Ming dynasty

Lot 33. A small black and red guri lacquer seal paste box and cover and a black guri stemcup, Yuan-early Ming dynasty; diameters 5.7 and 8.3 cm., 2 1/4 and 3 1/4 in. Estimate 70,000 — 90,000 HKD. Lot sold 437,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's

each carved through alternating layers of black and red lacquer beneath the black surface, the domed circular box and fitted cover decorated with ‘classic’ scrolls centred with a quatrefoil, the layers of red lacquer appearing in five thin lines sandwiched between the layers of black lacquer over a metal body, the interior lacquered in black, the stemcup with an everted rim and a splayed foot with a sealed base, similarly carved with six ruyi-head shaped pommels divided by six spade-shaped motifs around the base and 'S'- scrolls around the stem, the interior lacquered in black

Note: For a larger Yuan dynasty guri lacquer box, sharing the same characteristic cutting to expose multiple layers of red, black and ochre as on the current example, see Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, no. 381. See also an example sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th April 2000, lot 642, inscribed with the name Yang Mao, who is mentioned in the Gegu yao lun as being a pupil of Yang Hui of Xitang at the end of the Yuan dynasty.

For a closely related guri lacquer stemcup, see the example sold in our New York rooms, 31st March to 1st April 2005, lot 217.

Sotheby's. The Baoyizhai Collection of Chinese Lacquer, Part 1, Hong Kong | 08 avr. 2014