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A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER ‘BOYS’ CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
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A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER ‘BOYS’ CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER ‘BOYS’ CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The cover is elaborately carved with a scene of children playing in a pavilion garden, some playing musical instruments, some dancing or playing with wood horses. The scene continues over the edge of the cover and the box depicting further boys at play, all on a finely carved diaper-ground.
5 3⁄4 in. (14.5 cm.) diam.

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Lot Essay

It is rare to find lacquer boxes of the Qianlong period so deeply and roundly carved with designs of such intricate and complex composition. Compare with three very similar Qianlong ‘boys’ boxes and covers, one with a Qianlong mark from the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji, Lacquer, Vol. 8, no. 168, p. 168; another illustrated in Le Musée Chinois de l'Impératrice Eugénie, p. 49; and a third in The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco illustrated by Hai-Wai Yi-Chen, Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Lacquerware, 1987, pl. 155.

See a very similar example sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 5-6 November 1997, lot 911, another slightly larger example, depicting the same subject of ‘hundred boys’, sold at Christie's Paris, 14 December 2011, lot 41, and a third one sold at Sotheby's London, 16 May 2018, lot 38.

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