29 March 2006
AN UNUSUAL GILT AND IRON-RED-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
JIAQING SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)
The domed cover finely painted in gilding with two three-clawed dragons with fine gold stippling on their heads and iron-red flames rising from their haunches as they circle a rectangular cartouche enclosing the characters mao qin dian in seal script, all reserved against a ground of pencilled pale blue clouds, with similar dragons and clouds on the box
8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) diam., stand
Collection of Abigail Adams, (a descendant of John Quincy Adams), Boston.
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The inscription, mao qin dian, may be translated, 'the palace of great diligence'.
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