Lot 3146. A small cinnabar-lacquer 'prunus' seal paste box and cover, Ming dynasty, early 15th century; 5.5 cm., 2 1/8 in. Estimate 70,000 — 90,000 HKD. Lot Sold 212,500 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
of compressed and circular form, the cover carved in high relief with prunus flowers on a leafy ground, the base resting on a slightly countersunk base and similarly decorated, the interior lacquered black.
Provenance: Old private Japanese collection.