Red Lacquer Peony Box Table

c. 1850
$1,980 USD SOLD
H: 5.0" Dia: 12.5"
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Delicate gold peonies symbolizing wealth and prosperity decorate this lacquer box, which would have been used to present a gift to convey friendship or honor. Lacquer is an ancient art in China, dating back to Neolithic times. A skilled artisan hand-applied layer upon layer of lacquer to this box to achieve its glossy texture and beautiful glow.

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