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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 589

    AN IMPERIAL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER SCROLL-FORM BOX

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    AN IMPERIAL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER SCROLL-FORM BOX
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    The three-sectioned box made in the form of three stacked scrolls and carved through the red layer to the brownish-yellow ground in imitation of their brocade wrappers and silk ties, the upper scroll forming one compartment and the two lower scrolls the second compartment, the interiors and ends with black lacquer
    7 in. (17.7 cm.) long, box


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    Boxes made to imitate scrolls were popular in the Qianlong period, and were made in various materials and designs. Compare the scroll-form box made of zitan and inlaid ivory, and the one in carved red lacquer, both in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and illustrated in The Sumptuous Art of Imperial Packaging, Macau, 2000, pp. 30-31, nos. 2 and 3.

    Exhibited

    Art & Imitation in China, The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 14 October-17 December 2006, no. 150.