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Chinese Lacquer Sewing Box

Chinese Export Lacquer Sewing Box Mid 19thC A wonderful Chinese workbox  (mid 19th century) with a wooden carcase and applied black lacquer.

The decoration shows a domestic landscape in which we see ladies and gentlemen, all in gold leaf.

The box has four beautifully decorative, carved wooden feet showing mythical – and fearsome – beasts. It is unusual that these feet have survived. They are often missing from similar Chines working and sewing boxes.

The fine detail includes a sewing tray which lifts out and  is a drawer underneath and steel swing hanldes. Inside there are many of the original carved bone fittings.

In surprisingly good condition for it’s age - with replacement hinges, one escutcheon and keys missing, with very minor chipping and some slight age cracks to the lacquer. The lacquer a little rubbed in places.

This lovely sewing box would make a fine addition to any collection of Chinese export lacquer.

H: 16.5cmW: 36cmD: 27cm

Period: mid 19th Century

Origin: Chinese

Dealer: Agnes FoxReference Number: AF.LAF103