26 October 2000
A pair of Chinese ormolu-mounted cloisonné enamel and hardwood jardinières
Each surmounted by two sliding panels, each with two pierced roundels, the square tapering body flaned to each side by two handles, above a serpentine apron, on four serpentine legs, on a square pierced plinth; decorated all-over with Chinese symbols
39¼ in. (100 cm.) high; 32¾ in. (83 cm.) square (2)
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These 'jardinières' are Chinese wedding coffers. The characters included are fu: good fortune or prosperity and shou: longevity.
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