A Chinese export black lacquer box with painted-gold decoration in the form of three books
18th Century, China
18 世紀, 中國
Length: 28 cm, 11 inches
高: 28 釐米
A black lacquer box and cover in the form of three leather bound books, with white page ends showing. The cover depicts a naturalistic scene of birds and flowers in black, gold and red within a cloud like shape, outside of a diaper ground. The book spines are decorated in black and gold lacquer with six star like designs. The base is plain black which matches the interior.