A HUANGHUALI FIVE-TIERED PICNIC BOX, QING DYNASTY, 18TH – 19TH CENTURY | 清十八至十九世紀 黃花梨五撞提盒
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A HUANGHUALI FIVE-TIERED PICNIC BOX
QING DYNASTY, 18TH – 19TH CENTURY
of rectangular form composed of five removable tiers and a close-fitting cover, supported on a base of conforming shape flanked by spandrels and joined at the top with an angular handle, the cover and trays secured into position by a removable rod inserted beneath the handle
44.4 by 25 by h. 47.3 cm, 17 ½ by 8 ⅞ by h. 18 ⅝ in.
The picnic box should be dated as 18th-19th century. The inner panels forming the base of each tier are later replaced. The picnic box is otherwise in good overall condition.
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Tiered boxes were used as portable containers for food or for scholar’s objects and may consist of two or three fitted tiers, an internal tray and a lid supported on a grooved base frame with an overhead handle, often seen in paintings and prints depicting scholarly life in the Ming Dynasty.