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167
A LARGE MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
Estimation
50 00070 000
Lot. Vendu 525,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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167
A LARGE MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
Estimation
50 00070 000
Lot. Vendu 525,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō

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A LARGE MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
of rectangular form with bombé sides and cusped corners, supported on a short foot of conforming section reinforced by two transverse stretchers, finely inlaid overall with iridescent slivers of mother-of-pearl on a black lacquer ground, the cover depicting a divinity, possibly Xiwangmu, engaged in a game of weiqi, seated below a fruiting peach branch issuing from a tall gnarled tree trunk dividing the scene and partially concealing a pavilion above, surrounded by several other immortals and attendants, all scattered on rocky shores interlinked by footbridges and laden with rocks and verdant trees among clouds, entitled Tao Yuan Dong ('Cave of the Peach Blossom Spring') in a rectangular cartouche, the sides decorated with large alternating peony and lotus blossoms repeated around the box, the corners with lobed medallions enclosing chilong roundels against a woven diaper ground, the raised rims and foot encircled with half-cash borders, the interior and base left plain
45.5 cm., 17 7/8  in.
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Description

The shell used in this type of inlay is the distinctive abalone shell (haliotis), characterised by the intense iridescence which gives the impression of a brightly-coloured painting. The thin sheets of the shell are fixed in wet lacquer, then painted with a translucent layer of lacquer before being polished back to create a smooth surface. Details were often incised or highlighted with gold and silver.                                                 

Compare a box of similar size depicting figures in a pavilion landscape, but with plain straight sides, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 2006, pl. 170; and another, the sides decorated with panels of birds and flowers, from the collection of Dr. Ip Yee, sold in these rooms, 22nd November 1984, lot 911. A smaller square box of this type illustrating figures in a pavilion courtyard, with bombé sides and cusped corners as seen on the present lot, was included in the exhibition Im Zeichen des Drachen, Museum für Lackkunst, Münster, 2006, cat. no. 100.

Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō

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Hong Kong