A rare red and gilt-lacquer handwarmer, Qing dynasty, 18th / 19th century | 清十八 / 十九世紀 朱漆描金福壽雙全紋手爐
A rare red and gilt-lacquer handwarmer
Qing dynasty, 18th / 19th century
清十八 / 十九世紀 朱漆描金福壽雙全紋手爐
of lobed compressed cushion form set with a conforming swing handle, the body finely decorated with gilt bats soaring around peach branches on a coral-red ground, surmounted by a wire mesh cover with a foliate peach design, the lip decorated with a gold lozenge diaper pattern enclosing florets against a black ground, the flat base lacquered black, metal liner (3)
Width 6½ in., 16.5 cm
In overall good condition. Overall with expected wear and losses to the surface, especially to the gilt decoration. The cover has a few minor chips and cracks with associated losses along the edges, consistent with age and use. The metal liner detached, with traces of glue residue along the rim.
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Handwarmers became popular in the late Ming dynasty, and were often made out of bronze by renowned craftsmen such as Hu Wening and Zhang Mingqi. Their designs were further developed at the Qing Court, where various new materials and techniques like painted enamel, bronze, gilt-bronze, and lacquer were incorporated. Due to the low temperature tolerance of lacquer, lacquer handwarmers are especially rare. Given the nature of the material and the absence of physical evidence of usage, Zhang Li from the Palace Museum, Beijing notes that lacquer handwarmers could have been made for display rather than utilitarian purposes (see Yongzheng: Qing Shizong wen wu da zhan / Harmony and integrity: the Yongzheng Emperor and his times, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2009, p. 274).
Compare three related lacquer handwarmers: one in the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., (acc. no. S1987.403a-b), and two in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Zhongguo qiqi quanji, 6 ce: Qing / Lacquer Treasures from China, vol. 6: Qing dynasty, Fuzhou, 1993, pls 14 and 41.