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Chinese Carved Cinnabar Red Lacquer Round Dragon Box, Republic Period

$4,800

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A large Chinese carved red cinnabar lacquer nine dragon cake box, late Republic period, circa 1940. Exuberantly carved in deep relief with a design nine five clawed dragons dancing above rocky peaks amongst the waves and clouds, the tall, round box is crafted of many layers of red cinnabar lacquer over a light wooden or bamboo base, then carved. On the top of the box, the central dragon faces forward, his body coiled around a medallion with the character "shou", meaning longevity. The other eight dragons carved in two rows around the sides of the box, portrayed sideways and facing opposite directions, separated by rocky peaks. Large bands of stylized chrysanthemum with a leiwen (rolling thunder) border above and below. The interior lacquered a simple black. The box originally a presentation box housing another gift. Most likely for a major birthday (possibly a 60th birthday), as indicated by the shou medallion.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Diameter: 9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1940
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs noted. Some possible minor fading to the color, as seen in photos.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894713590682

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Austin, TX
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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5 / 5
Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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