Previously sold in these Rooms, The Imperial Sale, 27 April 1997, lot 23.
Compare the smaller box inscribed with a Xuande four-character mark from the Carl Kempe Collection, included in the exhibition, Chinesesische Lackarbeiten, Linden Museum, Stuttgart, 1988, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 36, together with a similar Yongle-marked example.
A smaller comparable carved with a single poeny, but without a mark, from Sir Harry and Lady Garner collection was included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, The Arts of the Ming Dynasty, 1957, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 230. A related box carved with camellia sprays dated to 15th century in the Victoria and Albert Museum, is illustrated by H. Garner, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, fig. 32.