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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1846

    A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER BOX AND COVER

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    A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER BOX AND COVER
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The cover skilfully and intricately carved in varying layers of relief through the rich red lacquer, with the Eight Daoist Immortals in a landscape scene amid pine trees and jagged rocky ledges awaiting the arrival of Xi Wangmu descending from above on a phoenix, the underside carved with a similar landscape scene depicting scholars dining at a table, all reserved on three types of diaper-ground defining the ground and sky, the sides carved with lively scenes depicting scholars and their attendants, the interior lacquered black over a lead core body
    5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) diam.


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    Compare the present example with other closely related boxes: a box of similar size and design sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 9 October 2007, lot 1646; another comparable example from 'The Collection of a Parisian Connoisseur', sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 April 2007, lot 518.