Lot 3661. A rare carved cinnabar lacquer four-tiered box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; 17 cm, 6 ⅝ in. Estimate 400,000 - 600,000 HKD. Lot sold 504,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
of square section with chamfered corners, the cover carved with a scholar on a boat in a lakeside landscape with pine trees and a pavilion, the sides carved with varying floral blooms borne on leafy branches, all resting atop a splayed floral frieze, the interior and base lacquered black, 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.