• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 240

    A RARE GILT-METAL-MOUNTED CARVED RED LACQUER 'TREASURE CHEST' ON STAND

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A RARE GILT-METAL-MOUNTED CARVED RED LACQUER 'TREASURE CHEST' ON STAND
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Of faceted rectangular form, made in imitation of a ribbon-bound gift, the removable octagonal front divided into quadrants by metal straps issuing from a ring encircling the central locking device carved with a shou character, each quadrant carved with a ribbon-tied chime suspending twin fish amidst flower scroll, repeated on the sides and the removable panel on the reverse, the top carved with four bats surrounding hibiscus scroll and set with two gilt-metal 'knotted ribbon' carrying handles, the front and back with an outer 'frame' painted with wan diaper on a black ground, with entwined rings carved at each corner and a narrow drawer at the top and bottom on the front, the interior with six drawers carved with cell diaper surrounding a central square recess framed in gilt metal, raised on a separate carved red lacquer stand with ruyi-head supports
    14¼ in. (36.1 cm.) high with stand, 14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) wide, 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) deep


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    Provenance

    E & J Frankel, Ltd., New York.


    Literature

    "The Connoisseurship of Collecting: Recreating Emperor Qianlong's Taste", Arts of Asia, November-December 1997, p. 71.


    Exhibited

    Hold Everything: Treasure Boxes in the Qianlong Manner, E & J Frankel, Ltd., New York, 19 September - 2 November 1996, pp. 18-9, no. 1.