Lot 3659. A carved cinnabar lacquer 'peony' circular box and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th – 16th century; 7 cm, 2 ¾ in. Estimate 80,000 - 120,000 HKD. Lot sold 277,200 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the domed cover with a large peony blossom wreathed by lush foliage, the shallow sides with floral buds and blooms alternating with large leaves, the interior and base lacquered dark brown, Japanese wood box.
Property from the Kaisendo Museum.
Note: Another early Ming cinnabar lacquer circular box and cover of larger size from the collection of the Kaisendo museum, similarly carved with peony flowers, was sold in these rooms, 11th July 2020, lot 3632. A closely related polychrome lacquer box from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Lacquer Wares of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, Hong Kong, 2006, pl. 49.