A related cinnabar lacquer box of this classic Ming design, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is illustrated in East Asian Lacquer. The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, New York, 1991, pl. 27. Compare also a box from the collection of Sir John and Lady Figgis, sold at Christie’s London, 14th December 1983, lot 7; and another box carved with a sage and a young attendant standing on a pavilion terrace beneath a pine tree, sold in our London rooms, 15th October 1968, lot 57.
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