A very rare three-colour lacquer circular 'pavilion' box and and cover
Jiajing six-character mark and of the period
Deeply carved through layers of cinnabar-red, dark green and brown lacquer depicting a round cartouche enclosing a tall pavilion beside gnarled pine trees growing on rocky mountains, detailed with a crane standing in the foreground by the most forward balustrade, an incense burner on the top balcony emitting smoke coiling upwards, forming the word shou flanked by a pair of cranes in flight, encircled by a band of scaly dragons amidst ruyi-shaped clouds repeated on the box above the foot, the straight sides with a diaper pattern, the interiors and base all lacquered red, the reign mark incised in a vertical line and gilt to the centre of the base, together with a Japanese wood box.
25.3cm diam. (3).