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Tea-Bowl Stand with Phoenixes

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24)
Date:
1403–1424
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); Diam. of rim 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Diam. of foot 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.1.35
Not on view
Often associated with empresses, phoenixes illustrate the addition of imperial imagery to carved lacquers made in the closing years of the reign of the Yongle emperor. The sharpness in the outlines and other decoration is also typical of works produced at court. Lacquer stands of this type were used to hold tea bowls, usually those of green or blue-and-white porcelain. The color contrast between stand and bowl would therefore have been quite dramatic.
Inscription: Inscribed: Da Ming Yongle nian zhi (made in the Yongle era of the great Ming)

大明永樂年製
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, until 1987; sold to Irving] ; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1987–2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "East Asian Lacquer from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection," November 22, 1991–February 23, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Irving Lacquers," 1998–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Defining Yongle, Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China," April 1, 2005–July 10, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: Painted and Carved," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Asian Lacquer: Masterpieces from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection," November 3, 2007–May 11, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century," September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012.

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