mid- to late 19th century,
Ivory with staining, sumi; ryusa type,
13/16 x 1 1/8 in. (2.0 x 2.8 cm)
Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection (AC1998.249.301a-b) Japanese Art Department.
A BLACK GURI LACQUER FOOTED TRAY
Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Of octagonal outline, the shallow sides lobed and rising to a notched rim, the interior carved through alternating black and red layers of lacquer with a central flowerhead formed by linked ‘pommel scroll’ motifs encircled by four concentric rows of varying ‘pommel scroll’ designs, the exterior with similar motifs and xiangcao scrolls repeated on the pedestal foot
15¼in. (38.8cm.) across, box
A guri lacquer square box and cover
carved through layers of black and red lacquer with symmetrical scrolling designs — 5¼in. (13.4cm.) wide, (minor wear).
A small Chinese guri lacquer box and cover
of circular shape, deeply carved through the layers with geometric ruyi head designs, metal mounts to the rims — 2½in. (6.4cm.) diam.; and another similar box and cover of shallow form — 3in. (7.6cm.) diam.