A large cinnabar lacquer circular
box and cover
14 ¾ inches diam.
The flattened domed cover carved in relief with a large central panel depicting scholars and assistants at various pursuits on a rocky river peninsula with willows and other trees bordered by leaf lappets and key-pattern bands above four-ogee-shaped panels of similar design on a stylized floral ground, the box similarly carved, the interior and base lacquered in black
Provenance: A Private New York Collection
For another very similar though very slightly smaller circular box and cover carved with scholars in a landscape at the center dated to the middle Qing Dynasty from the Imperial Qing Court Collection, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty, Beijing, Vol. 46, Hong Kong, 2006, no. 37.
For a slightly smaller example of similar design see Christie’s, London, 8 December 1975, lot 156, the property of Sir Lincoln Steel. For another see Sotheby’s, New York, 19 March 2007, lot 431.