• 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 236

    AN UNUSUAL SMALL MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND GOLD-INLAID GURI LACQUER SEAL CHEST

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN UNUSUAL SMALL MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND GOLD-INLAID GURI LACQUER SEAL CHEST
    18TH CENTURY
    Of rectangular shape with removable front panel, the case and panel, as well as the five drawers on the interior, finely carved through the fine black and red layers of lacquer with pommel scrolls, all within narrow dogtooth borders of fine gold and mother-of-pearl inlay, with huangtong mounts
    5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high, 6 5/8 in. (17 cm.) across, 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) deep


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    Compare the box and cover similarly carved with pommel scroll in the manner of earlier Ming tixi lacquer, as is the present chest, in the Qing Court collection, and bearing a Qianlong inscription, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 46 - Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 2006, p. 54, no. 35.

    Provenance

    Acquired circa 1960s-1974, and thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY