A carved cinnabar lacquer 'longevity' box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period | 清乾隆 剔紅「萬歲長春」蓋盒
A carved cinnabar lacquer 'longevity' box and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
of circular form, the cover delicately carved with a lobed medallion of interlocking ruyi heads centering a stylized shou character surrounded by the characters wansui changchun (ten thousand longevities and eternal spring), set against a ground of scrolling clouds and bats, all within a border of sanduo sprigs, the sides densely decorated with 'eight Buddhist emblems' amongst lotus scrolls (2)
Diameter 14¼ in., 34 cm
The box and cover are in generally good condition, with expected minor hairline age cracks, retouching to the rims, and a few small losses to the relief. The black lacquer interiors and base have been re-lacquered.
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Michigan Private Collection, acquired before 1988.