Lot 37
  • 37

A THREE-COLOUR CINNABAR LACQUER 'BUDDHIST LION' LOBED BOX AND COVER QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
Sold
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Description

  • Lacquer
  • 15.5 cm, 6 1/8  in.
the cover carved in varying relief through ochre, red and green layers with three Buddhist lions dancing in circles with a brocade ball, all reserved on a geometric diaper ground, the sides of the box with panels of prunus branches reserved on a similarly decorated ground, the interior and base lacquered black

Catalogue Note

Notable for its meticulous carving and dynamic design, the craftsman’s proficiency with the medium is evident in the skilfully modelled lions, whose vitality and strength have been successfully captured. Furthermore, the intricately carved diaper ground, which reveals the layers of coloured lacquer, forms an attractive contrast with the beasts, thus enhancing the richness of the piece. Lacquer boxes decorated with a related design include one of rectangular form in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Masterpieces of Chinese Carved Lacquer Ware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1971, cat. no. 34; a six-lobed box and cover sold in these rooms, 15th June 1979, lot 250; and a polychrome circular box sold at Christie’s London, 7th November 2017, lot 115.

The design of three Buddhist lions playing with brocade balls tied with long ribbons is rich in auspicious symbolism;  the long ribbon symbolises longevity while the lions represent the wish for descendants to achieve success and high rank. The motif overall represents wealth, success and longevity.

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