A rare red lacquer domed circular box and cover Late 18th century
Lot 310
A rare red lacquer domed circular box and cover
Late 18th century
Sold for £37,250 (US$ 57,871) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare red lacquer domed circular box and cover Late 18th century A rare red lacquer domed circular box and cover Late 18th century A rare red lacquer domed circular box and cover Late 18th century A rare red lacquer domed circular box and cover Late 18th century A rare red lacquer domed circular box and cover Late 18th century
A rare red lacquer domed circular box and cover
Late 18th century
Superbly and unusually carved around the sides with scenes of animals amongst rockwork, the box with a horse and foal, a single thickly-maned lion, and a lone wolf surveying a distant landscape beside two cubs playing, the cover with two dogs sniffing out a proudly antlered deer watching over two grazing sheep while another antlered deer drinks at a stream accompanied by a doe, the top of the cover deeply carved with a pair of horses, one playfully biting the ear of the other on a grassy meadow in the mountains beneath a wutong tree.
16.8cm (6¾in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: an Italian private collection

    十八世紀晚期 剔紅百獸圖圓蓋盒

    來源:意大利私人收藏

    The present lot is an exceptional example of Qing Dynasty lacquer work. The charming rural scenes depict a pastoral idyll where families of different species play in a peaceful landscape. Even the threat of lions and wolves can be seen as part of the life cycles of the animal kingdom, echoed in the continuous nature of the scenes around the sides of the box and cover.
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