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Auction: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
was auctioned on: 5 November 2019
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A RARE AND FINELY CARVED LOBED CINNABAR LACQUER 'WASHING THE ELEPHANT' DISH

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Estimate: £20,000 - £40,000
ca. US$24,485 - US$48,971
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 25, Views: 16

A RARE AND FINELY CARVED LOBED CINNABAR LACQUER 'WASHING THE ELEPHANT' DISH JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER INCISED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522 - 1566) The octafoil shaped dish is magnificently carved through thick layers of cinnabar lacquer with an elephant next to a large wooden basin being washed by a servant standing on the animal with a broom, watched by Bodhidarma and two monks beside a servant carrying a water bucket, all on a patterned ground. The rim is enclosed by a band of eight delicately carved flower heads such as peony, chrysanthemums and lotus amongst loosely arranged leaves. The exterior is decorated with scrolling tendrils above the black lacquered base bearing the incised mark. 8 ¾ in. (22.2 cm.) wide Provenance With Ben Janssens Oriental Art, London, 1999.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Date of the auction: 5 Nov 2019
Address: Christie's
London