A cinnabar lacquer carved 'Immortals' incense box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 3656. A cinnabar lacquer carved 'Immortals' incense box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century, 8 cm, 3 1/8  in. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 HKD. Lot sold 75,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.

of circular section, the cover skilfully carved with two conversing immortals, possibly Zhongli Quan and Lü Dongbin, framed by lush vegetation and jagged rockwork, the box with branches bearing flowering prunus blooms and large leaves, encircled by ruyi cloud scrolls, all against a floral diapered ground, the interior lacquered black

Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 30th March 2006, lot 86. 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 05 Apr 2017