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A cinnabar lacquer box and cover, Qianlong mark and period - Sothebys

of hexalobed section, the domed cover deftly carved in undercut relief with four figures gathered around a scholar reclining against a table, all set in a fenced garden landscape with trees and plantain, the sides of the cover and the box decorated with quatrefoil cartouches each enclosing leafy lotus sprays and reserved against a diaper ground, all bordered by keyfret bands, the interior and the base lacquered dark brown, inscribed and gilt with a six-character mark, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 3 - 18.5cm., 7 1/4 in. Estimation40,000 - 60,000 GBP

PROVENANCE: A Japanese Private Collection.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. London | 15 mai 2013 www.sothebys.com