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Lot 3663. A carved cinnabar lacquer circular box and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th – 16th century; 7.7 cm. Lot sold: 189,000 HKD (Estimate: 150,000 - 200,000). ©  2021 Sotheby's

of oval lobed form, the shallow rounded sides resting on a short straight foot, the interior naturalistically carved with Wang Xizhi the flat circular cover crisply carved through deep layers of cinnabar lacquer with three boys depicted frolicking in a rocky landscape arboured with pine and wutong trees, one boy depicted hitting a gong and looking back at the boys behind him, another riding a bamboo pony, the other holding a large lotus leaf with furled edges, a small pavilion set beneath the willow tree, all against a diapered round, the interior lacquered black, the underside and sides of the box similarly carved with a scene depicting a boy shooting a bird hovering over them with another boy watching behind him, all against a diapered ground, the interior lacquered dark brown.

Property from the Baoyizhai Collection.

Exhibited: 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. 70.
Layered Beauty: The Baoyizhai Collection of Chinese Lacquer, Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2010, cat. no. 42.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art including Imperial Jades from the De An Tang Collection, Hong Kong, 13 October 2021