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Carved Red Lacquer Rectangular Box with Floral Medallions on Brocade-Style Ground

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Period: Mid-Qing period, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Medium: polychrome lacquer on wood
Dimensions: height: 12.8 cm; length: 32.3 cm; width: 20.6 cm
The wooden-core rectangular box with shallow base and tall lid is supported on four small feet. Its entire surface is lacquered yellow, green, and red. The carving is cut to different depths to reveal the colour of different lacquer layers. The motifs include paired hornless chi -dragons, paired bats, finger-Buddha's Hand citrons, squirrels, and viny melons s against a triangular brocade-style ground to symbolise “"numerous male offspring” " (guadie mianmian) and “"unending fortune and longevity”. " (fushou mianchang). The interior of the box and the underside of the base are lacquered black.

This lacquered box is credited noted for its neatly rendered decorative motifs, rich and diverse themes, elegant and harmonious palette, and deep carving using mainly straight cuts. Although the box does not bearcarry any reign mark, it is believed to have been produced in the Qianlong period when lacquer carving of the Qing dynasty reached its peak.

 

 

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