A pair of carved lacquer jardinières
Length: 10 3/4 in, 27.3 cm
supported on bracket feet, the walls flare steeply to everted, flat rims with indented corners. The sides are carved with panels of flowers, including prunus, rose, peony and camellia, and lingzhi fungus, against a green rosette diaper ground, all against scrolling lotus on a plain green ground. The rims are incised with bands of key-fret, and shou (longevity) characters and geometric diaper. The interiors and bases are lacquered black.
Such jardinières are more often found decorated with panels of figures in landscapes: see, for example, Kwan, Chinese Lacquer, no. 106, pp. 296–7; and Wu, Masterpieces of Chinese Carved Lacquer Ware in the National Palace Museum, no. 50.