A FAMILLE-ROSE GILT-DECORATED 'FIRECRACKER' BOX AND COVER 19TH / 20TH CENTURY
6,000 - 8,000 USD
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- Height 3 1/2 in., 9 cm
realistically molded as a bundle of ten firecrackers bound with a red brocade sash, the individual wrapping papers rendered in a cheerful palette with varied designs, the interior and recessed base enameled turquoise, the rims of the lid and base gilt, the base centered with an apocryphal iron-red four-character Qianlong seal mark within a white cartouche (2)
Examples of firecrackers upon which the box is based are depicted in a court painting by Giuseppe Castiglione (Lang Shining) and preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, entitled Emperor Qianlong Enjoying Himself in Snowy Weather, illustrated in Life in the Forbidden City of the Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2007, pl. 430. A pair of similarly shaped and enameled 'firecracker' boxes from the collection of Brooke Astor sold in these rooms, 24th-25th September 2012, lot 367.