Late Ming dynasty The hexagonal body naturalistically carved in the form of two petalled flowers extending from the cover and the base and covering the sides, each issuing from a centralised taiji medallion, the interior with stepped walls and bulbous volume. 7.2cm wide. (2).
For a mallow-shaped bamboo box of related form from the Qing court collection, Palace Museum, Beijing, preserved in the Palace Museum, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum 44, Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, p.72, pl.65. See also another bamboo palm box with mallow-petal shape from the Qing court collection, illustrated in Small Refined Articles of the Study. The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2009, p.304, no.301.
The attractive mallow-petalled shapes are also found on boxes made from other organic materials. Compare a Ming dynasty Yijun stoneware box and cover from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn collection, sold in these rooms, 28 November 2011, lot 239.
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