A GOLD PENDANT BETEL NUT BOX, PROBABLY CANTON, MID 19TH CENTURY,
the quatrefoil body richly decorated in relief on side panels with flowering plants within ropework borders, the similarly decorated hinged lid and reverse inhabited with figures, split-ring pendant, unmarked
5.7cm., 2 ¼ in. wide, 112gr., 3oz. 12dwt.
Smart object in good order; red tarnish to the panels below the relief chasing, slight dark tarnish in some places to the sides, some of the very high relief flowers slightly worn in the centre (almost imperceptible to the naked eye), all commensurate with age; overall weight 112.2 gr
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The workmanship of the panels on this box is closely related to the type of carving found on ivory, tortoiseshell and lacquer usually associated with the city of Canton. A tortoiseshell box with similar high relief carving, made in Canton (Guangzhou), circa 1820-40, can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum (museum number 636:1 to 40-1877).