A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID BLACK LACQUER BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
of circular shape, the domed cover centred with a stylised shou character painted in gold surrounded by floral roundels inlaid with mother-of-pearl, the box similarly decorated
Diameter 39.2 cm, 15½ in.
There are some repairs, cracks and small losses to the inlaid, and the black lacquer has been refreshed, including to the inner rim of the box. A few small cracks are also visible.
"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.
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From a French Private Collection (by repute).
Compare a similar box with a red lacquer ground, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Lacquerware in the Collection of The Palace Museum, Classics of the Forbidden City, Beijing, 2012 pl. 253.