Twin pair of ancient Chinese carved cinnabar lacquer Dishes. Both are practically the same and represent an old man and a boy in a forest. The back is also adorned with typical patterns and in the center the mark of the Chinese Emperor Wanli, (1573-1619) belonging to the Ming Dynasty.
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Jar, box cosmetic or jewelry Round Red Cinnabar Lacquer based wooden with hunting figures carved finely carved. It is in very good condition, with a little bump on the edge of one of the pieces. The interior covered with black lacquer several cracked left by the passage of time is appreciated
Approximate diameter: 26cm - 10.2 "
Material: Cinnabar lacquer
Region of origin: China
Previous origin owner: German antique house, previously a collector in the southern part of Germany.
Estimated age: The six-character back signature says: Da Ming Wan-li Nian Zhi, Made in the Ming Dynasty Reign of Wanli, but we think they may be later, from the 18th-19th century.
State: Some of its previous owners seem to have had them hanging on the wall with a double-sided tape, which has left remains in the back. One of them has a (apparently recent) C-shaped break in the zone of the 2 o'clock position, but it is best seen from the back (I include photos). For the rest they are well and have a normal wear to have gone through many owners.
The carved lacquer requires a complicated manufacturing process, starting with a body made of brass or wood. After preparation and polishing, is coated with several dozen layers of lacquer to a total thickness of 5 to 18 mm. The recorders should wait for the lacquer does not crack dry. Then, the hardened lacquer is cut, and started creating "carved paintings" of landscapes, human figures, flowers and birds ... then end up dry and polish. Usually, it takes 6-8 months to complete a piece of carved lacquer.
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