A large 'double-peach' lacquer box and cover 18th/19th century
Lot 439
A large carved cinnabar lacquer 'double-peach' box and cover Qianlong/Jiaqing
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 67,000 - 100,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A large carved cinnabar lacquer 'double-peach' box and cover
Qianlong/Jiaqing
The auspicious double fruit carved overall with a cross-hatched floral diaper ground, inlaid in jade, malachite and semi-precious stones with nine bats in flight amidst a large blossoming and fruiting gnarled peach tree, with the decoration continuing from the cover to the box, the interiors black lacquered.
46cm (18⅛in) wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • The present 'double-peach' box and cover is replete with auspicious meaning as peaches are emblems of longevity and marriage; and bats represent prosperity and harmony. Together, bats (fu) and peaches (shoutao) form the Chinese pun 'fushou shuangquan' (may you possess both blessings and longevity). As the Chinese believe that good things come in pairs, this magnificent double-peach box is presumably an auspicious wedding gift, symbolising a long and happy marriage. A related pair of large peach-form lacquer boxes with scenes of Xiwangmu and Eight Immortals was sold at Christie's New York, 26 March 2003, lot 14. A cinnabar lacquer peach-form box and cover from the Palace Museum, Beijing, was including in the exhibition China: The Three Emperors 1662-1795, London, 2005, Catalogue no.296. Another embellished peach-form box, inlaid with various hardstones, was sold at Christie's London, 11 May 2010, lot 51.
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