A rare jade-inset zitan 'wan' box and cover
Qianlong, the white jade 'dragon' plaque Wanli
The exterior of the body exquisitely carved with a fine and elaborate wan ground, the cover resting on a low-sided enclosure outlined in stylised keyfret edges, all above four curved short feet at the axis, the cover with a centralised enclosure with a fitted white jade plaque boldly worked with a dragon chasing a flaming pearl above crashing waves on rockworks and amongst cloud wisps, the fearsome visage with opened jaws framed between a pair of horns and an incised 'S'-shaped body, its four limbs terminating in powerful four-clawed talons.
23cm wide. (2).