Lot 202. A Ryukyuan mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer rectangular low table, kang, 17th-18th century; 14in (35.3cm) across, boxEstimate US$ 2,500 - US$ 3,500. Sold for US$ 1,275© Bonhams 2001-2021

Decorated with an equestrian and walking attendants crossing a bridge towards a pavilion with further figures, all set amidst tree peony, pine, and rockwork to the flat top with simple beaded edge above cell pattern and a short pierced waist, the shaped apron with bird and fruit panels on a different cell ground, with short cabriole legs and 'pearl' terminals.

Property from the Robert and Mee-Din Moore Collection.

Note: See Ryukyuan Lacquerware from the Urasoe Art Museum, Cultural Treasures of the Ryukyu Kingdom, Urasoe Art Museum, 1995, p. 83, no. 58, for a very similar low table also inlaid with an equestrian landscape scene and with near identical leg and feet treatment. It is dated seventeenth-eighteenth century.

For another very similar table attributed to sixteenth century Chinese production, see Christie's, London, 16 November 1998, lot 17, where it is compared to another table from a private Japanese collection exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum, Chinese Mother-of-Pearl-Decorated Lacquer, Tokyo, 1980, p. 114, no. 72-1

Bonhams. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, New York, 20 Sep 2021