Chinese Ceramics & Asian Works of Art | 14 November 2017
A pair of Chinese Lac-Burgauté plaques, 18th century
Sold for £2600
A pair of Chinese Lac-Burgauté plaques, 18th century, inlaid with scenes relating to Xi Wangmu and Liu Ling and with related inscriptions on the reverse reading 蟠桃一熟三千年 (The fairy peach is ready for harvesting every 3000 years) and the second line is: 天生刘伶酒为名 (Liu Ling was born to love wine), overall size including wood frame 27 x 15cm (2)
The legend is connected with Xi Wangmu, who had a peach grove where different qualities of peaches ripen at different times, some every 500 years, some every 1000 years and the best every 3000 years. Liu Ling (221-300) was a Chinese poet and one of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.
Provenance: ‘Mr. Ko’ acquired these in Peking on 3rd September 1924 and then by direct family descent. 'Mr Ko' worked for the Chinese Postal Service from 1904-1947.
清 18世纪 黑漆嵌螺钿《刘伶饮酒图》及《蟠桃图》两件
some surface stress cracks commensurate with age and some old re-touching repairs to edges
Tuesday 14 November 2017, 10.30am
Friday 10 November
10am - 3pm
Sunday 12 November
10am - 2pm
Monday 13 November
9am - 5.30pm
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