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Lot 2. A black lacquer mallow-shaped dish, Song dynasty (960-1279); 21.5 cmEstimate: 500,000 - 700,000 HKD. Lot sold: 882,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

elegantly constructed with shallow everted sides in the shape of nine overlapping mallow petals, covered overall in an attractive chocolate-brown lacquer, the base inscribed in red paint with a two-character mark, Japanese wood box.

Note: With its distinctively shaped and slightly overlapping petals, the mallow flower was one of the most popular forms for lacquerware of the 10th to the 14th centuries. The flower represented longevity and fulfilling life and was reproduced in metal wares, ceramics such as Ding, Ru and guan wares, as well as lacquer.

Compare an example in the exhibition East Asian Lacquer. The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, cat. no. 2; another in Oriental Lacquer Arts, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1977, cat. no. 428; and a third from the collection of Sakamoto Gorō, sold in these rooms, 8th October 2013, lot 147

Sotheby'sMonochrome III, Hong Kong, 22 April 2021