A Fine and Rare Black Lacquer Hexagonal Lobed Cup-Stand, Tuozhan
Song Dynasty (960-1279)
6 inches across, 3 1/4 inches high
The gently curving circular cup stand raised on a hollow splayed circular foot, supporting an hexagonal lobed flange with upturned edges.
Steaming bowls of tea without handles could be difficult to hold for extended periods and as they often had narrow foot rings the use of the cup stand provided a stable support during the tea ceremony.
See a very similar example sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2013, lot 149, and Illustrated in the lacquer sale catalogue Chinese Art Through The Eye Of Sakamoto Goro.
Another is illustrated in Chinese Art in Overseas Collections: Lacquerware, Hai-wai Yi-chen, Taipei, 1987, no. 24; and a brown lacquer example is illustrated by Clarence Shangraw, 'Chinese Lacquers in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Orientations, April 1986, p.28