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Chinese Red Lacquer Summer 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 pointed hat box dates to the mid-19th century and was used to store a conical summer hat. Finely woven of split bamboo, the festive summer hats worn by ranked officials were usually lined with a fine silk gauze and topped with a beaded finial. The hat box has a sculptural, graphic shape and is minimally decorated with a finish of red 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: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Diameter: 14 in. (35.56 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: CMCL0231stDibs: LU820021020882

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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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