deeply and naturalistically carved to the top through the olive, dark green and red layers to the black ground with a lotus seed pod and large curling lotus leaves, the shaped straight sides of the cover and box carved with a floret-diaper band within red borders, the interior and base lacquered black, the base incised with the four-character mark
This box is unique for its lotus form; compare lacquer boxes of this type but carved in various organic forms; such as one in the shape of two peaches, sold in our London rooms, 7th March 1978, lot 133; and another of a gourd form carved with fruiting gourd and lychee sprays, sold in our London rooms, 12th March 1982, lot 170.
A cinnabar lacquer dish carved in the form of a lotus leaf, from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, decorated with a central medallion enclosing a rabbit against a wave ground, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 2006, pl. 17; and another carved with immortals, was sold in our New York rooms, 24th March 1998, lot 402.
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