A fine and rare imitation bronze, gold and silver-decorated box and cover

Qianlong six-character seal mark in gilt to the base and of the period (1736-95)

2 1/2 inches diam.


Of circular section, painted inside and out, with the exception of the flanges with a brilliant dark coffee glaze, the cover lightly domed and painted at the center in gilt and silver with a stylized multi-petalled flowerhead surrounded by a row of eight alternating ruyi-heads and c scrolls, below a ridge is a band of T-fret, wavy bands, simple dots and enclosing double lines, the box similarly painted with an alternating design of five-rings centered-by-dots forming a star shape painted in gilt, and ruyi-heads forming a star shape painted in silver, enclosed by gilt double-lines at the foot and rim, the slightly concave base painted in gilt with a neat, delicately written six-character seal mark.

For a slightly larger box and cover (3 1/4 inches diam.) with very similar decoration of silver and gilt on a coffee ground see Sotheby's Hong Kong, Important Chinese Works of Art, 7 April 2015, lot 3618


For a reticulated censer of similar type, also bearing a gilt Qianling six-character mark, see Christie's, 29 May 2013, lot 2126


A small vase (3 1/2 inches high) also decorated in this unusual fashion, was sold at Sotheby's New York, 14 September 2011, lot 211