Lot 321. A black tixi lacquer two-tiered box and cover, 16th century; 14cm (5 1/2in) high. Estimate £2,000 - 3,000 (€2,400 - 3,600). Photo: Bonhams.
Deeply carved around the exterior with continuous pommel scrolls, a central quatrefoil floret on the flattened cover, the interiors and base lacquered dark brown.
Note: Compare with a similar circular two-tiered box and cover with slightly different pommel-head design and of predominantly red colour, mid-Ming dynasty, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Lacquer Ware of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, Hong Kong, 2006, pl.76.