12 July 2005
A RARE IMPERIAL GILT-BRONZE OCTAGONAL WINTER INK-STONE BOX AND COVER
INCISED QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN ARCHAIC-BRONZE SCRIPT AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-95)
The flat cover finely cast on the top with three pairs of writhing three-clawed dragons, one pair chasing a flaming pearl, the other two pairs fighting with each other, the scales of each carefully rendered in different patterns, on a ground of finely incised cloud scrolls, the sides with confronting kuilong on a seeded ground, the interior of the cover with the incised nianhao, the box with a convex base, the sides pierced with a stylised lotus scroll, compartments missing
4 1/4 in. (10.7 cm.) wide
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This box was probably originally made with a further compartment to contain a small stove for heating the ink-stone, so that the ink did not freeze in the bitter cold of Beijing winters.
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