A rare small bamboo-veneered 'double lozenge' box and cover  18th century (2)

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Lot 99
A rare small bamboo-veneered 'double lozenge' box and cover
18th century

Sold for £ 3,562 (US$ 4,749) inc. premium
A rare small bamboo-veneered 'double lozenge' box and cover
18th century
Exquisitely decorated in tiehuang technique, the top with interlinked squares of varied archaistic scrollwork, the sides with two registers of linked 'S'-shaped angular scrolls, the bamboo patinated to a light golden-brown. 11cm (4 3/8in) wide. (2).

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  • 十八世紀 文竹連雲紋方勝式盒

    Provenance: a European private collection

    來源:歐洲私人收藏

    Works of art produced in the zhuhuang or 'bamboo-veneer' technique became especially popular during the reign of the Qianlong emperor. It is a decorative method that involves the separation of the veneer which is of light yellow colouration and is taken from the inner wall of the bamboo stem. The veneer is then applied over a wood core, and is carved in shallow relief. As the colour of the bamboo skin is lighter than wood, the design is left in reserve against the darker background, resulting in an elegant and attractive two-toned finish.

    A related but larger bamboo-veneer covered box of this form, from the Qing Court Collection, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Shanghai, 2001, pl.72.

    A similar bamboo-veneered 'double-lozenge' box and cover, Qing dynasty, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 June 2015, lot 2853.
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