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A mother-of-pearl inlaid black lacquer incense stand

A mother-of-pearl inlaid black lacquer incense stand
A mother-of-pearl inlaid black lacquer incense stand

1012-100

Ming dynasty
Height: 26 in, 66 cm

Of square section, the top, with a pierced, constricted waist and a shaped apron, stands on four hipped cabriole legs that are supported on a platform base, also with a pierced waist. The top is inlaid in mother-of-pearl with a square panel depicting a procession of three mounted figures and six attendants passing through a gate, watched by two ladies in a pavilion, and two attendants, one of whom peeks round the door of another pavilion in which stand an incense table, a censer and an incense-stick holder. The panel is enclosed by a geometric diaper border. The platform is similarly decorated with a panel of a peacock amid flowers and rocks. The apron is inlaid with cartouches of squirrels and vine, and the legs and waists with leafy flowers and diaper patterns.

For similar examples, see Bukchon Art Museum, East Asian Lacquer, nos. I-66 and I-67, pp. 122–3, dated fifteenth to sixteenth century, and no. I-68, p. 123, dated sixteenth to seventeenth century; Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, 1935–6, no. 1546, in the collection of the Musée Guimet, Paris; Chugoku No Raden, no. 46, p. 93, dated fifteenth century; Exhibition of Mother-of-Pearl Inlay in Chinese Lacquer Art, nos. 75 and 77, both dated fifteenth to sixteenth century, and the latter in the collection of the Itsu-o Art Museum, Osaka; Kwan, Chinese Lacquer, no. 42, pp. 168–9, dated circa early fifteenth century; and Wu, Selected Masterpieces of Asian Art: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 167, pp. 178–9,dated early sixteenth century.

See also an octagonal lacquer tray inlaid with a similar scene in Watt and Ford, East Asian Lacquer: The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, no. 58, pp. 131–2, dated fifteenth century.