Lot 3393. A carved cinnabar lacquer box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 8 5/8 in. (22.1 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 100,000 - HKD 150,000Price realised HKD 100,000© Christie's Image Ltd 2014. 

Of circular form, the cover is carved in relief through the layers of lacquer with fruiting lychee branches among other fruits, all reserved against a ground of diaper pattern. The box is similarly decorated around the side with the interiors and base in black lacquer, Japanese wood box.

ProvenanceA private institution, west of Japan, acquired in the 1920s.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 26 November 2014