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AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL CARVED LARGE CINNABAR LACQUER OCTAGONAL LOBED BOX AND COVER
AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL CARVED LARGE CINNABAR LACQUER OCTAGONAL LOBED BOX AND COVER
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AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL CARVED LARGE CINNABAR LACQUER OCTAGONAL LOBED BOX AND COVER

QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL CARVED LARGE CINNABAR LACQUER OCTAGONAL LOBED BOX AND COVER
QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
Of lobed octagonal form, the cover is superbly carved through thick layers of cinnabar lacquer to depict immortals and attendants in an elaborate Daoist paradise, some picking peach fruits, some carrying a treasure box, flower basket, and chime with twin fish, the landscape characterised by a large willow tree presiding over a bridge, detailed with rugged mountains, misty clouds, pine and wutong trees and a terrace. The sides are decorated with eight cartouches each depicting a different flower growing from rocks, separated by a floral spray borne on dense leaves, the pattern similarly repeated on the box. The base is incised with a gilt Qianlong mark.
17 1/8 in. (43.4 cm.) wide

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The current box is exceptionally large and well carved, as can be seen from the elaborate scene, thick layers of lacquer and meticulous details. It belongs to a rare group of large lobed boxes of similar form and design, all decorated with a shaped central panel with a landscape scene, enclosed by eight cartouches enclosing flowers and rocks, dating to the mid-Qing dynasty. One example is carved with a scene of boys at play in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, no. 156 (fig. 1). Another example is decorated with figures in a landscape in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo qiqi quanji, vol. 6 – Qing, Fujian, 1993, no. 224 (fig. 2). Compare also to a very similar example decorated with immortals in a landscape, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 27 November 2007, lot 1796, and another one depicting a scene of boys at play sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 November 2006, lot 1699.

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