An embellished 'huanghuali' box and cover, Qing dynasty, 17th / 18th century | 清十七 / 十八世紀 黃花梨嵌寶花蝶圖蓋盒
Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton
An embellished 'huanghuali' box and cover
Qing dynasty, 17th / 18th century
清十七 / 十八世紀 黃花梨嵌寶花蝶圖蓋盒
of rectangular form, the cover inlaid with a gnarled prunus branch sprouting from a rock and bamboo outcrop in the upper left corner and sprawling across the composition, the branch comprised of stained wood and issuing mother-of-pearl blossoms and carnelian buds, the bamboo with mother-of-pearl stalks bearing bone leaves, all above various hardstone 'boulders' scattered along the ground and a soapstone lingzhi in the lower corner, mother-of-pearl and hardstone butterflies soaring above, the inner tray and box unadorned (3)
Height 4 in., 10.2 cm; Width 10⅝ in., 27 cm; Depth 6½ in., 16.5 cm
Box and cover are in general good condition, there has been consolidation to the joinery, and restoration to the inlaid decoration, replacing lost elements. The surface with expected wear, some minor losses to the inlay, with minor nicks along the edges, consistent with age and use.
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J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 22nd September 1994.