Lot 1275. A 'zitan' 'Dragon and Phoenix' document box and cover, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Height 8 1/2 in., 21.6 cm; Width 17 in., 43.2 cm; Depth 11 in., 27.9 cm. Estimate: 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Sold Price: 21,250 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
of rectangular form, the top panel deeply carved with a frontal dragon coiling around a central shou character amid flames and swirling clouds, the front panel with a pair of confronting phoenix amid foliate scrollwork, repeated on the sides and back, huangtong hinges, bail handles to either side, corner mounts and a central lockplate with cloud-form hasp incised with foliate motifs.