London, South Kensington
14 November 2002
A tri-coloured cinnabar lacquer box and cover
Qianlong six-character mark and of the period
of quatrefoil square shape, the slightly domed cover carved in relief with a central panel of an immortal and two children in a fenced garden scene beside rockwork and trees before a mountainous landscape, within key-fret and lappet borders, the sides of the cover and base with shaped panels of vessels and scholars objects, between twin-fish and Buddhistic emblems, all on red, yellow and green geometric grounds, incised and gilt Qianlong six character mark to the base and similar four-character mark to inside of cover reading Tan mei bao he -- 7¾in. (19.6cm.) wide, (minor chips).
See Illustration and detail of mark.
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