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).