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Period: Late-Qing period (Qing dynasty, 1644–1911)
Dimensions: Overall length: 48 cm; box dimensions: 9 cm x 5 cm x 3 cm

This powder box is made of silver covered with blue enamel. Opened from the side, the box has a clasp inlaid with two sapphires. Designed to hold fragrant powders, the container, decorated with black ribbons and silk tassels, could also be used as an accessory. This type of hanging piece is rare among other powder boxes in the Qing imperial collection.

With a novel design and exquisite craftmanship, the box has a transparent blue enamel decorated with guilloché flowers. The French word guilloché refers to a precise carving technique that produces a regular pattern composed of straight lines or circular patterns often created with the use of machines.

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