The upper compartment may have held two small scrolls and the lower compartment either one or two small albums. The panels on the scrolls are inscribed Lang Shining and Wang Shigu, while that on the album is Tang Liuru hua.
Lang Shining is the Chinese name of the Italian Jesuit court artist, Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1768). Wang Shigu is a style name for Wang Hui (1632-1717), the great Qing academic scholar-painter. Tang Liuru is a Buddhist style name for Tang Yin (1470-1523), the Ming literati genius who excelled at both landscapes and figures.
Compare the very similar lac burgaute box included in the exhibition, Chinese Art from private collections in Michigan, 27 January-3 March 1985, no. 64 and later sold in these rooms, 23 March 1995, lot 144. See, also, an example in red lacquer and ivory formed as a number of faux albums and scrolls illustrated in Masterpieces of Chinese Carved Lacquer Ware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1971, no. 40.