Ming dynasty, 16th century
Diameter: 4 3/8 in, 11.2 cm
the U-shaped sides rise from a stepped foot ring and end in an everted lip. A broad frieze of two birds, branches of camellia and prunus, and rocks against a rosette diaper ground is carved between bands of key-fret around the lip and wavy petals around the foot. The interior and base are lacquered black.
Provenance: Madame Wannieck, Paris, 1942.
For similar examples, see Carved Lacquer in the Collection of the Palace Museum, pls. 254–5; Garner, Chinese Lacquer, no. 70, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum; Kopplin, Im Zeichen des Drachen: Von der Schönheit chinesischer Lacker, Hommage an Fritz Löw-Beer, no. 66, p. 150, in the collection of the Linden-Museum, Stuttgart; and McElney, Inaugural Exhibition (Volume 2: Chinese Metalwares and Decorative Arts), no. 321, p. 134.