• Chinese Ceramics & Works of Ar auction at Christies

    Sale 5944

    Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    10 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 93

    A CARVED THREE-COLOUR LACQUER CIRCULAR 'CHUN' BOX AND COVER, QIANLONG (1736-1795)

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    A CARVED THREE-COLOUR LACQUER CIRCULAR 'CHUN' BOX AND COVER, QIANLONG (1736-1795)
    the center of the cover finely carved through the red, dark green and ochre layers with a large chun character incorporating a roundel of Shoulao and a deer flanked by two dragons emerging from clouds above multi-coloured rays radiating from a basket of auspicious symbols, the sides of the box decorated with cartouches of scholars and attendants at various pursuits alternating with auspicious emblems reserved on a diaper ground, all within decorative borders -- 15¼in. (38.8cm.) diam., wood stand.


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    The motifs used to decorate this box are all very auspicious. The character chun on the cover is a metaphor for eternal youth. Combined with the overlaying roundel of Shoulao, the God of Longevity, who symbolized long life, the box would have represented wishes for eternal youth. These combined with the other imagery: the dragons amidst clouds, the rays rising from the bowl of 'treasures' and the Buddhist emblems arrayed around the sides also add to the auspicious nature of the box.

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