The box was clearly influenced by in both technique and subject matter; the nashiji ground, where gold flakes are sprinkled onto Japanese lacquerware the black surface, was commonly used in Japan, and the pattern of roundels also appears to have its origins in Japanese designs. The Yongzheng Emperor had a penchant for Japanese lacquer that incorporated gold and silver, and is recorded to have commissioned reproductions of these wares.
Two tiered and lobed boxes of this type, decorated with boys playing in a garden, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, are illustrated in Zhongguo qiqi quanji [Complete series on Chinese lacquer], vol. 6, Fuzhou, 1993, pls 171 and 172, together with a circular box, also in the Palace Museum, Beijing, pl. 166.
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