A circular cinnabar lacquer 'dragons' box and cover
Qianlong The central panel carved with three scaly five-clawed dragons lunging toward a flaming pearl, all reserved on a dense ground of turbulent waves and framed by a border of keyfrets above an elaborate foliate diaper ground on the sides. 17.5cm diam. (2).
For a closely related Qianlong reign-marked rectangular lacquer box carved with dragons in pursuits of a flaming pearl in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, see Chen Huixia, Carving the subtle Radiance of Colors: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, p.134, no.134.
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