A carved red lacquer bowl

Lacquer bowl


Ming dynasty, 16th century
Diameter: 4 5/8 in, 11.8 cm

the U-shaped vessel has a flared rim and is supported on a broad, straight foot. The sides are finely carved with a frieze of two crested, long-tailed birds perched in leafy, flowering prunus branches, reserved against a floral lozenge diaper, above a wavy petal band. The rim and foot are each carved with a band of key-fret. The interior and base are lined with beaten silvered copper.

For similar examples, see Carved Lacquer in the Collection of the Palace Museum, pls. 254 and 255; Chinese Antiquities from the Brian S. McElney Collection, no. 141, p. 198; Garner, Chinese Lacquer, pl. 70, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum; and Kopplin, Im Zeichen des Drachen: Von der Schönheit chinesischer Lacker, Hommage an Fritz Löw-Beer, no. 66, p. 150.