Lot 999. A finely carved cinnabar lacquer octafoil box and cover, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 12. 5/8 in. (32.4 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
The top of the cover is deeply carved within an octafoil panel to depict a rocky landscape scene in which Shoulao carries a tray of peaches and walks with another immortal on the riverbank, and a further immortal walks with his attendants holding a double gourd across a bridge. Each of the eight rounded sides is decorated with flowers growing on branches within a cartouche, which is repeated on the conforming box, Japanese wood box, silk pouch.
Provenance: Japanese private collection, acquired in the late 19th/early 20th century.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York