An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century
Lot 5206
An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box 19th/20th century
Sold for US$ 25,000 inc. premium
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An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box  19th/20th century A gilt silver jewelry box with inlaid pearls, coral and other beads A gilt silver jewelry box with inlaid pearls, coral and other beads
Lot Details
Property from an East Coast Private Collection
An exquisite embellished gilt silver jewelry box
19th/20th century
The side walls lobed to resemble the shape of a lingzhi head, embellished with ruby and sapphire cabochons surrounded by sea and cultured pearls representing flower heads, against a background with fine filigree work of dense leaf scrolls, the cover similarly decorated to the sides, with garnet and pearl beads, the top centered with a carved coral shou roundel within a circle of five raised bats highlighted with sapphire, between rows of additional pearl and ruby cabochons, the underside with three raised bars within a circle.
4 3/8in (11.2cm) wide; weight: 277.1g

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    originally from the Joseph Levine Collection in the United Kingdom; acquired by the current owner in the 1970s

    A very similarly designed and embellished gold box, dated Qianlong, was sold by Christie's, Paris, June 12, 2012, sale 3509, lot 263.

    The five bats together with the character shou signifying the phrase wu fu peng shou, meaning 'may you be granted longevity and the Five Blessings'. The Five Blessings - 'wufu': longevity, wealth, health, love of virtue, a peaceful death are often depicted in the homophonous rendition of five flying bats because the word for "bat" in Chinese 'fu' sounds like the word for "good fortune" or "happiness" or in this case, "blessings".
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