Inspired by a Qing dynasty baibaoqian lacquerware, this piece was created by inlaying gold lacquer within traditional thin lacquer. Using black lacquer as the base colour, the top of the box is inlaid with a mosaic of natural materials including mother-of-pearl, sea-ear shell (shijueming), sapphire, and jadeite, creating an intricate and exquisite design out of seemingly random placements of gemstones. The image adopts the theme of plum blossoms, which was inspired by a poem by Lin Bu, a poet of the Northern Song dynasty. It describes a scenery of aromatic flowers casting faint shadows over a clear shallow pond under the moonlight at dusk, the beauty of which makes this vessel a masterpiece among all baibaoqian lacquerwares.
K11 Craft & Guild Foundation
40cm x 40cm x 10cm