This exquisite lacquer model of a boat reveals the Qianlong Emperor’s taste for opulence. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover how the Emperor’s inspection tours of Southern China provided inspiration for the work, the meaning of the Buddhist carvings and the great technical skill required for the playful moveable elements. This Rare Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Boat-Shaped Incense Box from the Qing Dynasty is a highlight of our upcoming sale Important Chinese Art (15 May | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.
The Qianlong Emperor’s Passion for Unusual Playthings
London | 15 May