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.

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