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A RARE IMPERIAL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER SQUARE BOX AND COVER
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A RARE IMPERIAL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER SQUARE BOX AND COVER

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A RARE IMPERIAL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER SQUARE BOX AND COVER
QIANLONG CARVED AND GILDED SIX-CHARACTER MARK, AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

The box and cover identically carved all over with an unusual design of bats within knotted and loop-conjoined rope-twist borders, the top of the cover and base of the box with the rope emanating from a central wan motif incorporating flying bats, all against a diaper-ground, the interior with brownish-black lacquer, the gilded reign mark carved in a line inside the cover below the inscription 'Duofu Baohe', 'Treasure box of many blessings' (some restoration)
6 1/4 in. (15.8 cm.) square

Lot Essay

This box with its additional four-character inscription appears to be one from a group of similarly incised, carved cinnabar lacquer boxes produced to imperial order and assigned a specific name. Another example with the same inscription as on the present box was sold in our New York Rooms, 28 March 1996, lot 174. Another example from this group is a square box decorated with horses, bearing the mark 'Zema Baohe', 'Selecting Horses', in the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, Inaugural Exhibition, 1993, illustrated in the Catalogue, vol. 2, no. 326.
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