Lot 1645. A tixi lacquer cup stand, Yuan-Early Ming dynasty; 6 3/8 in.(16.4 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
The hollow, rounded cup holder is deeply carved on the exterior through layers of red and black lacquer with a band of large ruyi scrolls, repeated on both sides of the dish-like flange and again on the splayed foot, and the interior lacquered black, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: Private Collection, Japan.
Bukchon Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
Anthony Carter Ltd., London.
Literature: Kyushu National Museum, Kaikan Tokubetsushuppin Seihin Senshu (Opening exhibition, the selected works), Dazaifu, 2005, p.112, no. 98.
Bukchon Art Museum, East Asian Lacquer, Seoul, 2008, p. 51, no. I-20.
Exhibited: A similar tixi black lacquer cup stand of this form and design, from the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Carved Lacquer, The Tokugawa Art Museum and the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, 1984, no. 20. Another was sold at Christie's Hong, 28 October 2002, lot 583. See also, a larger (8 1/4 in.) example included in the exhibition catalogue, In a Myriad of Forms: The Ancient Chinese Lacquers, Shanghai Museum, 2018, no. 52.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 22 March 2019