A PARCEL-GILT TIERED SILVER BOX AND COVER
the cover decorated in repousse technique with a foliate-shaped cartouche depicting figures strolling amidst a landscape, the sides of the box applied and chased with gnarled branches bearing fruits and flowers flanked by square seals within quatrefoil borders, all reserved against a ring-punched fish-roe ground, the base inscribed with two characters reading shang yi
Height 10.5 cm, 4⅛ in.
This rare tiered box and cover is in good overall condition with the exception of some light rubbing and some very minor nicks and dents to the extremities, and expected tarnish. The interiors and base with some light scratches.
"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."
Sotheby's London, 4th November 2009, lot 177.