A rare carved cinnabar lacquer 'scholars' lobed box and cover Qianlong (2)

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Lot 82
A rare carved cinnabar lacquer 'scholars' lobed box and cover
Qianlong

Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 24,270) inc. premium

Asian Art

9 May 2016, 10:30 BST

London, Knightsbridge

A rare carved cinnabar lacquer 'scholars' lobed box and cover
Qianlong
The penta-lobed lid superbly carved with a central diorama of a scholar approaching a lakeside villa to visit another scholar holding a palm fan, surrounded with a key fret border, the curved rim with five separate scenes of scholars at leisure with their attendants, the box similarly carved, the interior black lacquered.
25.5cm (10in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired by the great aunt of the current owner, whilst living in the Far East and India during the 1920's and 30's.

    The present lot is unusual in the number of fine figural scenes carved along the lid and box sides. The continuous landscapes feature twelve scholar-sages; some traversing bridges, some picking sprigs of auspicious plants, some admiring trees and natural rock formations, some huddled in groups and appreciating painting, one writing poetry and one with an attendant carrying a wrapped zither, the last three of these are an allusion to The Four Arts of the scholar, so revered in Chinese history.

    Compare with a lobed box and cover, Qianlong, but with a wave pattern border sold in Christie's King Street 8 November 2011 lot 262. Also another box and cover, Qianlong, also with simpler borders, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 May 2014 lot 3511.

    Also see a box of similar form, Qianlong six-character mark and of the period, illustrated in H. Chen, Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, NPM, 2008, no. 109.
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A rare carved cinnabar lacquer 'scholars' lobed box and cover Qianlong (2)
A rare carved cinnabar lacquer 'scholars' lobed box and cover Qianlong (2)
A rare carved cinnabar lacquer 'scholars' lobed box and cover Qianlong (2)
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