Jan 6, 2020
Feb 4, 2010
Jan 6, 2020

Round Box with Lid

Round Box with Lid

c. 1760–70

Part of a set. See all set records

Tortoiseshell decorated in red lacquer with inlays of gold, silver, and brass wire; contains a portrait miniature

Diameter: 2.3 x 6.3 cm (7/8 x 2 1/2 in.)

In memory of Ruth Probala 1988.48


This small lacquer box, made in France during the 1700s, references China in that it imitates Chinese material and craftmanship such as red lacquer and celadon.

This round box with an inlaid key pattern (an interlocking geometric motif ), emulates the bright vermilion color of Chinese red lacquer, typical of Suzhou lacquer ware. The key pattern is reminiscent of the so-called Chinese thunder pattern (leiwen).

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