Magnificent antique Chinese lacquered treasure box. This is an extremely beautiful carved octagonal wooden box. It has intricate and superbly painted scenes on every panel on the outside of the box. The scenes are painted in gold with figures of lots of men and a few women. Mostly are sitting or standing in the garden.It might tell a story but I can't work it out. The figures are small but they are very nicely painted. Paying attention in the features and expressions and even the hands. The figures in the paintings are dressed in the Qing Dynasty costumes. It is quite amazing to see so much detail crammed into even the smallest space.
I have taken enough photos but still doesn't do the box justice. The four feet are carved in wood and in the shape of a dragon's head.One of the dragon heads is damaged. The condition of the box is excellent consider it is over 200 years old. The lacquer is a bit delicate in some places but there are no chips or missing pieces.
The box would have been used to keep valuables as there were no safe in the old days. I bought this box in Beijing back in the 1970s in the government owned Friendship Store. Boxes of this quality is extremely hard to find now. Measurement: 22.5 cm x 16.5 cm x 15 cm. Most of my collection is one of a kind.I bought the items because I liked it for myself. They were never intended to be resold. Each item has a story and when possible I hand carried in my luggage from all over the world to bring back to Australia.
Some of the items have travelled a long way away and some of the items has been with me for 65 years. Check out my other items. Be sure to add me to your favourites list.
The item "Magnificent Antique Chinese Gilded Hand Painted Treasure Box Circa Late 1700s" is in sale since Friday, November 20, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Boxes".
The seller is "carld1846" and is located in Surfers Paradise, QLD. This item can be shipped worldwide.