Lot 1643. A rare black lacquer bracket-lobed dish, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
The elegant dish raised on a shallow foot ring is formed by eight petal-shaped bracket lobes encircling the slightly sunken center and is covered overall with an attractive brownish-black lacquer, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: The Lee Family Collection.
Important Chinese Lacquer from the Lee Family Collection, Part II; Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2009, lot 1801.
Literature: The Museum of East Asian Art, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, Cologne, 1990, no. 21.
The Shoto Museum of Art, Chinese Lacquerware, Shibuya, 1991, no. 9.
Exhibited: Cologne, The Museum of East Asian Art, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware, The Lee Family Collection, 1990.
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990-1991.
Shibuya, Japan, The Shoto Museum of Art, Chinese Lacquerware, 1991.
Note: The bracket-lobed shape of this dish appears in a number of media during the Yuan period, most notably in metal, porcelain and lacquer, and was adopted for a variety of vessels in both the Song and Yuan dynasties, such as the seven-lobed lacquer box excavated from the Southern Song tomb at Wujin, Jiangsu province in 1977-78, illustrated by Chen Jing, "Important newly excavated Southern Song lacquers from Wujin, Jiangsu," Wenwu, 1979:3, pp. 47-48, pl. 2, figs. 4 and 6. Another bracket-lobed box, with six lobes, was excavated from a Southern Song tomb in Fuzhou city in 1975 and illustrated in an article by the Fujian Provincial Museum, "Brief, orderly, report of the excavation of a Southern Song tomb in the northern suburbs of Fuzhou city", Wenwu, 1977:7, p. 11, pl. 3. no. 2.
The present dish is of exceptionally beautiful form, with crisp molding. Compare the bracket-lobed lacquer dish dated to the Yuan dynasty of the same size and shape as the present dish, which was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 April 2001, lot 627; a slightly larger (21.5 cm. diam.) black lacquer example of the same shape in the Tokyo National Museum illustrated in Hai-wai Yi-Chen, Chinese Art in Overseas Collections: Lacquerware, 1987, no. 42; and another of slightly smaller size (20 cm. diam.) in the collection of the Freer Gallery, Washington, D.C., illustrated in The Freer Gallery of Art - I, China, 1972, no. 114.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 22 March 2019