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Chinese Black Lacquer Double Hat Box, circa 1850



No self-respecting man in Qing-dynasty China would leave the house without some kind of hat. In fact, headgear was so central to social status that even the containers used to store one's hat were beautifully constructed. This tall, pointed hat box dates to the mid-19th century and would have belonged to an individual of rank and nobility. A combination of forms, the box has an elongated design meant to accommodate both a conical summer hat and a round winter cap. The unusual box has a sculptural, graphic shape and is minimally decorated with a layer of lacquered hide. With its intriguing form and storied history, this box makes for a fantastic collector's item and a statement addition to the home.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Diameter: 11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CMCL0181stDibs: LU820020936032

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  • Shipping
    $175 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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Established in 1997
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609 sales on 1stDibs
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