A cinnabar lacquer stationery box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 50. A cinnabar lacquer stationery box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 10,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's

of large rectangular form, the flat upper surface with two wasps among flowering chrysanthemum blooms issuing from a large garden rock on a riverbank, two cranes perched on the opposite side with two butterflies in flight above, all against a diapered ground, the sides deftly carved through the layers with flowering peony, the interior and base lacquered black. Quantité: 2 - 42 by 30.5 by 10.3 cm, 16 1/2  in. by 12 by 4 1/4 in.

Provenance: Kaisendo Museum, Yamagata (according to label).

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Londres, 11 mai 2016, 10:00 AM