R9818

A Chinese huanghuali box with hinged cover inset on each facet with a rectangular blue and white plaque painted with houses, pagoda and boats in a mountain river landscape, the sides with movable metal handles, the interior with a lift-out six-section tray.

12 inches, 30.7 cm wide; 8 5/8 inches, 21.8 cm deep; 7 inches, 17.8 cm high.

18th Century.

  • Formerly in the collection of Supercargo Peter Fenger (1688-1737). He did many trips to China, where he bought this box. In the attached photograph the 200-year old box is seen on the table between the descendants Anna and Frederik Hjort, photographed in their living room in 1935.
  • This box was known in the family as the Fengerske box. Literature: Frederik Hjort, Mit livs begivenheder, 1935, p. 279.
  • For a similar box also with blue and white river landscape panels, see Fran KINA til EUROPA, by Jan Wirgin, colour pl. 242, where it is called ‘teskrin’ and dated circa 1700.

It is very unusual to find all of the porcelain panels in good condition. There is a possibility the interior has been enhanced.

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