Lot 1402. A rare embellished zitan rectangular box and cover, 17th-18th century; 10½ in. (26.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD USD 20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011
The top of the cover inlaid in mother-of-pearl, hardstone and horn with an unusual scene of two foreign merchants, one leading an angry-looking monkey by a silver wire rope, the other with demon-like face carrying a staff hung with a double-gourd flask, with rocks in the foreground and clouds above, the interior fitted with a removable tray.
Property from the Collection of Philip Wood, San Francisco.
Note: Other early Qing period examples of rectangular boxes using this decorative technique are illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 44 - Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, pls. 226-31.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011