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AN EXQUISITE AND RARE PAIR OF MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BLACK LACQUER BOXES AND COVERS
Of ovoid form supported on a short footrim, the exterior surfaces inlaid in a design of three petals filled with various formalised flower diapers radiating from a central point at the peak of the domed cover, a further diaper pattern at the rims, the interiors with two small naturalistic floral sprays against a dark chocolate-brown lacquered ground, the base inlaid with a seal mark, fitted box.
Each 3.7cm (1 1/2in) diam. (5).
Lacquerwares of this type, bearing the 'Qianli' seal mark are often attributed to the renowned lacquer artist Jiang Qianli who was active during the 17th century. Jiang's distinctive style of mother-of-pearl and golden flake inlay remained popular with later generations and his seal mark continued to be used, indicating high quality workmanship.
A finely inlaid circular box with related geometrical design of mother-of-pearl and golden flakes in the shape of florettes, also with a seal mark of 'Qianli', was included in the exhibition 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1993, cat.no.97; and another similar box from the Tingsongshuwu collection was included in the Min Chiu Society Silver Jubilee Exhibition Anthology of Chinese Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1985, cat.no.240.
Compare also two tiered and lobed rounded boxes, the sides decorated with a similar geometrical pattern of florets, in the Palace Museum collection, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo qiqi quanji, vol.6, Fuzhou, 1993, pls.171-172.
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AN EXQUISITE AND RARE PAIR OF MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BLACK LACQUER BOXES AND COVERS Possibly Japan
或日本 漆嵌螺鈿填金幾何紋蛋形蓋盒一對 （配舊盒）