London, South Kensington
29 March 2007
A Chinese cinnabar lacquer octagonal box and cover, 19th century
the top carved with warriors standing on wooden quays, reaching with their spears towards two men battling with swords in a river, all below cloud scrolls, the riverside with pine and other trees amidst rockwork, the slanted sides with panels enclosing archaistic chilong dragon scrolls reserved on a leiwen ground, above the stright sides with a floral cash motif pattern, the black lacquered interior with nine sweetmeat dishes -- 13¼in. (33.6cm.) wide.
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