What a rush it would be to find this box under the tree Thursday morning. To see some truly exquisite containers, visit Roger Keverne. An interesting article about Asian boxes was recently published in Art & Antiques magazine. (Click here to read it.)
The example above is a fine, large carved red lacquer box and cover from the Qianlong period. The form is circular and the top is deeply carved with a circular medallion of three five-clawed, two-horned, scaly dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl amid cloud scrolls that partly conceal their bodies, all enclosed by a raised geometric border and a band of lotus lappet.
Image and description courtesy Roger Keverne.