A LARGE CARVED POLYCHROME LACQUER 'BAJIXIANG' BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
modelled with eight rounded sides raised on a short spreading foot, the cover crispy carved through deep layers of lacquer with a stylised chrysanthemum bloom framed by ruyi pendants to the centre, encircled by bajixiang ('Eight Buddhist Emblems') evenly scattered amidst various leafy floral sprays, reserved against a green and yellow lacquer diaper ground, encircled by ruyi pendant and keyfret borders, decorated to each side with a panel of basketry amongst lotuses borne on meandering leaves, the box similarly decorated, the interiors and base lacquered black
Width 44 cm, 17¼ in.
There are some losses to the basketry panels. Two panels of the cover and the corresponding black lacquer areas of the interior have been restored. Some cracks and retouching are visible in the interiors, including to one lobed of the box. There are some general refreshing to the red lacquer at the edges, including to the some borders of the panels and rim of the box. The cover is slightly warped.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Compare this box with a similarly rendered box, but with gilt design in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Lacquerware in the Collection of the Palace Museum. Classics of the Forbidden City, Beijing, 2012, pl. 238; and a similar box from the Chao collection, published in Many Splendours: Yuan, Ming and Qing Lacquereare From The Chao Collection, Beijing, 2010, pl. 94.