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A RARE LAC BURGAUTE AND BONE-INLAID COLLECTOR'S BOX
A RARE LAC BURGAUTE AND BONE-INLAID COLLECTOR'S BOX

18TH/19TH CENTURY

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A RARE LAC BURGAUTE AND BONE-INLAID COLLECTOR'S BOX
18TH/19TH CENTURY
Made in imitation of two ribbon-tied scrolls set atop two albums of paintings to create two compartments, the cover of the upper compartment formed by the top half of the scrolls, the cover of the lower compartment formed by the lower half of the scrolls and the top album, all in delicate mother-of-pearl and gold inlaid in black lacquer imitating the diaper-decorated brocade coverings, while the scroll ends and labels identifying the scrolls and the album pages are in bone
6½ in. (16.5 cm.) long

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The upper compartment may have held two small scrolls and the lower compartment either one or two small albums. The panels on the scrolls are inscribed Lang Shining and Wang Shigu, while that on the album is Tang Liuru hua.

Lang Shining is the Chinese name of the Italian Jesuit court artist, Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1768). Wang Shigu is a style name for Wang Hui (1632-1717), the great Qing academic scholar-painter. Tang Liuru is a Buddhist style name for Tang Yin (1470-1523), the Ming literati genius who excelled at both landscapes and figures.

Compare the very similar lac burgaute box included in the exhibition, Chinese Art from private collections in Michigan, 27 January-3 March 1985, no. 64 and later sold in these rooms, 23 March 1995, lot 144. See, also, an example in red lacquer and ivory formed as a number of faux albums and scrolls illustrated in Masterpieces of Chinese Carved Lacquer Ware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1971, no. 40.
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