Lot 3658. A mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer foliate tray, Ming dynasty, 15th – 16th century; 25.4 cm, 10 in. Estimate 80,000 - 120,000 HKD. Lot sold 403,200 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
of eight-lobed foliate form, the interior inlaid with mother-of-pearl depicting two elegant ladies on a boat admiring a lotus pond scenery surrounded by birds and willow, encircled by a dense composite floral scroll, all reserved on a black ground, the base lacquered black, Japanese wood box.
Property from the Kaisendo Museum.
Exibited: Chinese Arts of the Ming and Ch'ing Periods, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1963, cat. no. 246.
Note: This exquisite tray is notable for its intricate inlaid design. The tiny pieces of shell have been patiently mapped into place to create the scene of ladies on a boat, and the vibrancy of the scene is heightened by the iridescent sheen of the shell. Another tray of this form and design is in the Itsuo Art Museum, included in the exhibition Chinese Arts of the Ming and Ch'ing Periods, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1981, cat. no. 59. See also another example, also preserved in Japan, sold in our London rooms, 6th November 2013, lot 366.
Sotheby's.Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 9 October 2020