20 janvier 2017

Ming Dynasty Red Lacquer, Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017

Round Cinnabar Red Lacquer Dish, China, early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). D. 14 cm. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. Cinnabar Red Lacquer Peach Box, China, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). W. 14 cm. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. Lacquer Libation Cup, China, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), early 16th century. H: 6,5 cm; L: 11,5 cm. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. Provenance: M. Doullens Collection,... [Lire la suite]

06 janvier 2017

Rice measure with Daoist deities, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66), 16th century

Rice measure with Daoist deities, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66), 16th century. Carved red, green, and black lacquer. H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm); D. 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm). John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913, 13.100.140 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This vessel’s shape identifies it as a rare example of a lacquer rice measure. Adorning each of its sides is a Daoist figure in a landscape. The man riding a black ox is Laozi (ca. sixth century B.C.), the reputed author of the... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2017

Box with camellia, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), 14th century

Box with camellia, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), 14th century. Carved red and green lacquer.H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Diam. 4 in. (10.2 cm). Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891, 91.1.666 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The stylized flowers depicted in Chinese lacquer are often difficult to identify precisely. However, the large blossom on this box is probably a camellia, a flower associated with winter and endurance. This box is one of several, most found in Japan, which bear the name Zhang Cheng... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2017

Vase with peony scroll and landscape panels, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century

Vase with peony scroll and landscape panels, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century. Carved red lacquer. H. 18 1/2 in. (47cm); Diam. 13 1/2 in. (34.3cm); Diam. of rim: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); Diam. of foot: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm). John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913, 13.100.139 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The shape of this vase is common in porcelain but unusual in carved lacquer. Its form reflects the experimentation and exchange that characterized the decorative arts in China in the eighteenth... [Lire la suite]
03 janvier 2017

Round box, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566)

Round box, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566). Red and black inlaid lacquer with gold inlay. H. 1 1/4 in x Diam. 3 3/4 in, H. 3.2 cm x Diam. 9.5 cm. Gift of the Christensen Fund, BL77M18.a-.b. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture.
03 janvier 2017

Covered box with a dragon cavorting in the ocean, Ming dynasty, Jiajing six-character mark and of the period (1522-1566)

Covered box with a dragon cavorting in the ocean, Ming dynasty, Jiajing six-character mark and of the period (1522-1566). Multicolor lacquer with carved designs. H. 3 1/2 in x Diam. 9 1/2 in. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60M308.a-.b. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. The complex art of carving polychrome lacquer (ticai) reached its climax during the Jiajing period. It requires the application of layers of two or more colors at different levels. According to the color... [Lire la suite]

02 janvier 2017

Tray in the shape of a peony, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century

Tray in the shape of a peony, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century. Carved red and black lacquer. H. 3/4 in. (1.0 cm); Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm). Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891, 91.1.636 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
02 janvier 2017

Box with Daoists welcoming immortal Shoulao, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century

Box with Daoists welcoming immortal Shoulao, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century. Carved red and green lacquer. H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm). Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix, 1881, 81.1.610a, b © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Boxes in this shape are often fitted with trays that have recesses for holding cups to serve wine at celebrations. The design on this example shows Daoists welcoming Shoulao, the god of longevity, as he descends from the heavens on a crane—apt imagery for a vessel used to... [Lire la suite]
01 janvier 2017

Box with Daoists welcoming immortal Shoulao, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century

Box with Daoists welcoming immortal Shoulao, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century. Carved red and green lacquer. H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm). Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix, 1881, 81.1.609a, b © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Boxes in this shape are often fitted with trays that have recesses for holding cups to serve wine at celebrations. The design on this example shows Daoists welcoming Shoulao, the god of longevity, as he descends from the heavens on a crane—apt imagery for a vessel used to... [Lire la suite]
27 décembre 2016

Octagonal plate with the Eight Treasures and a longevity character, Ming dynasty, Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566)

Octagonal plate with the Eight Treasures and a longevity character, Ming dynasty, Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566). Carved red lacquer. H. 1 1/4 in x Diam. 6 3/4 in, H. 3.0 cm x Diam. 17.2 cm. Museum purchase, B83M10. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. This object has decorations that form the blessing of "May you be rich and may you live long!"