Hung's Arts Foundation chairman Steven Hung began his appreciation and collection of fine antiques with incense bronze 20 years ago. In 1989 he and his wife Mrs. Lindy Chern traveled to America. One weekend afternoon they found a Ming dynasty incense burner in the town of Belmont, located in the San Francisco Bay area. Since then they both fell into the diverse and richly gratifying world of bronzes and enamelware. From a single color enamal to a golden splashed pot, these luxurious metal and expertly crafted relics have been admired and were the launching point for their commitment to support antique research.
Cloisonné enamel octagonal box and cover Ming Jingtai (1450-1456 AD)
This cloisonné enamel octagonal box and cover is decorated with different colored Bao-xian flowers in each facet. The glaze is thick and the manner in which the artist hid the end of the gilt band gives us clues as the age of this box, and tells us this is an early example of cloisonné enamelware. In the center of the cover, there is a lion brandishing a good omen with red ribbon. In Ming and Qing dynasties, lions with brocade balls or ribbons represented the coming of good luck. It is a very popular motif, especially in later Chinese artifacts.