Antique Make up Box
Item No. 19262
Turn of the Century , N/A, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
8.5" x 9.25" x 12.75"
( 21.59 x 23.495 x 32.385 cm)
(H x W x D)
This elaborately carved jewelry box is fashioned from fine dark elm wood covered with black lacquer. As in most traditional jewelry boxes made for the wealthy during this time, it has a base and has a stand-up mirror and two doors enclosing the inner drawers. Inside are three drawers with original pulls. The sides open laterally to form an intricate configuration supporting the raised mirror.
The box is ornately decorated on all four sides and the top with finely painted images of figures and animals, probably portrayals of immortals.
The box retains its original hardware that includes fittings on the top front in the form of stylized bats. The bat is an emblem of good luck, happiness and long life. The back contains an image of two ducks, a sign of conjugal felicity.
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