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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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