Lot 1470. A rare brown lacquer petal-lobed box and cover, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century; 6¼ in. (16 cm.) diamEstimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013.

The cover has a flat top surrounded by thirteen rounded lobes that curve downwards to the upright sides, and the box is of similar shape and raised a thin foot of corresponding outline. The exterior is covered in reddish-brown lacquer, and the interior with an olive-brown lacquer, Japanese wood box.

ProvenanceMayuyama, Tokyo, Japan.

NoteCompare the silver box and cover and qingbai box and cover dated to the Southern Song dynasty, of similar petal-lobed form, but lacking the foot, illustrated in The Colors and Forms of Song and Yuan China - Featuring Lacquerwares, Ceramics, and Metalwares, Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, 2004, nos. 34 and 35, respectively.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of ArtNew York, 19 - 20 September 2013