A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty
Lot 8242
A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty
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A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders Qing Dynasty
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Property from the Collection of J. Lester Jervis
A pair of rare polychrome lacquered and incised wood cricket cage holders
Qing Dynasty
Of rectangular form, the fitted lids with gilt mesh windows to the sides serving as air-holes, painted in gilt, red and green hues against a black lacquer ground incised with sinuous three-clawed dragons amid smoke and clouds, all surrounding a single front-facing five-clawed dragon clutching a red roundel with the character sheng (sage, sagely); the bases with exterior walls and reticulated feet lacquered en suite below set-in collars reticulated in archaistic patterns that surround gilt-lacquered trays with ten circular divots designed to hold cricket cages.
21 x 9 x 9 3/4in (53.3 x 23 x 25cm)

Footnotes

  • The activity of cricket fighting has been popular in China since Song times, and was enthusiastically adopted among the ruling Manchu Bannermen of the Qing dynasty, especially towards the latter part of the era (see Edward Rhoads Manchus and Han: Ethnic Relations and Political Power in Late Qing and early Republican China, 1861-1928 (University of Washington Press, 2000) pg. 58). But unlike the standard cricket cage made of gourd, bamboo, or porcelain which could hold a single 'fighter,' a set of boxes like the present lot would be able to hold an entire 'stable' of crickets for the wealthy cricket-fight enthusiast.

    For another example of very similar gilt and polychrome three-toed and five-toed dragon decorations on a black lacquered wood surface, see the square box in the Beijing Palace Museum collection dated to the Qianlong era, published in Li Jiufang (ed.) Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty (Qingdai Qi Qi: Gugong Bowuyuan Cang Wenwu Zhenpin Da Xi) (Hong Kong, 2006).

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