Container with Camellia Design (Primary Title)
明永樂 剔紅雙層茶花紋扁圓盒 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

early 15th century
Red lacquer with carved design (tihong)
Overall: 2 3/4 × 7 1/2 in. (6.99 × 19.05 cm)
Not on view
Circular boxes such as this one were produced during the reigns of Emperors Yongle and Xuande in the early 15th century. Its carved camellia blossoms are presented in such intricate detail that even the flowers’ stamens and the leaves’ veins are evident. High-quality lacquerwares, covered with more than a hundred layers of lacquer, were produced in southern China where warm temperatures of 70–80°F with 75–85 percent humidity made this technique possible.
Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)
大明永樂年製 (Made in the Yongle reign of the Great Ming dynasty), insided on the underbase
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Sir Harry Garner, "Chinese Lacquer," London, 1979, pp. 78 - 121, pl. 32
Christie, Manson and Woods, International Inc., "Important Chinese and Japanese Works of Art," Sale #5236, New York, December 2, 1982, Lot #377, p. 35, colorplate.
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