A carved cinnabar lacquer 'nine dragon' box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period | 清乾隆 剔紅九龍紋圓蓋盒
Property of a Lady
A carved cinnabar lacquer 'nine dragon' box and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
the domed cover finely carved with a five-clawed dragon depicted en face and moving around a 'flaming pearl', on a dense ground of swirling waves and flames, encircled around the sides by four dragons in profile in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' against a continuous wave ground, the base similarly decorated with four further dragons each chasing a 'flaming pearl', all supported on a key-fret foot, the interior of the box and cover lacquered black
Diameter 28.6 cm, 11¼ in.
Scattered cracks to the rims extending into the sides of the cover, minor losses to the raised parts of the carving, losses to the lacquer around the rims of both box and cover and four circa 1cm., wide chips to the lacquer on the edge of the foot of the box.
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Acquired by the grandmother of the present owner in Germany.