Chinese cloisonne square form small incense box and cover, decorated on the sides with eight taotie masks in royal blue and white on a turquoise ground, above lappets on the feet and a keyfret band on the cover, the rounded corners surmounted with gilt scrolls on a blue ground, the cover with a stylised red shou-character surrounded by eight archaistic motifs in blue all on a turquoise ground, the base with a multicoloured flowerhead and branches also on a turquoise ground, the interior gilt.

2 inches, 5.1 cm square.

Qianlong, 1736-1795.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a private Spanish collection.
  • Sold by Ralph M. Chait, New York, with label.
  • With inventory number 73.3.406.