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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 590

    A RARE THREE-COLOR LACQUER SQUARE BOX AND COVER

    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER GILT-FILLED INSCRIBED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A RARE THREE-COLOR LACQUER SQUARE BOX AND COVER
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER GILT-FILLED INSCRIBED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Of cushion form, the flat top of the cover finely carved through the red, dark green and ochre layers with two five-clawed dragons confronted on a shou medallion as they leap wildly amidst clouds above a band of waves crashing against rocks, within decorative borders, the sides of the cover and box carved with panels of the Eight Daoist Emblems (anbaxian) alternating with the Eight Buddhist Emblems (bajixiang) at the corners, all reserved on a ground of cell diaper, the interior of the cover with a four-character gilt-filled inscribed mark, shuanglong baohe (double dragon treasure box)
    7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.) across


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    A circular tiered box, also bearing incised and gilded six-character Qianlong and four-character Shuanglong baohe marks was included in the Hong Kong O.C.S. exhibition, 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Art Gallery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 24 September-21 November 1993, pp. 148-9, no. 77. However, the cover of the tiered box is carved with two dragons confronted around a pearl as opposed to a shou character, as on the present lot.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT AND JEAN SHOENBERG