Dimensions: 10.5 cm. wide
An important Asian collection
The cup is of oval section with a wide pouring mouth. It is carved around one side with a bird perching on blossoming camellia branches, on the other with a further bird on prunus branches above bamboo. The handle is carved with a chilong head terminating in a ruyi -shaped panel containing the signature.
Yang Ming was a late Ming lacquer craftsman from the Xitang area. He was obviously also a learned man as he annotated Huang Cheng’s Xiushilu, one of the most comprehensive records of lacquer production in the Ming period. No other carved lacquer pieces with Yang Ming’s signature appears to have been published, although an oval lacquer dish signed Yang Ming zuo (Made by Yang Ming) from the Plesch Collection was sold in Christie’s London, 3 November 2009, lot 178.