TEST ITEM - A Chinese silver inlay and wood box, late Qing dynasty/Republic (1644-1949)

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TEST ITEM - A Chinese silver inlay and wood box, late Qing dynasty/Republic (1644-1949)

A Chinese silver inlay and wood box, late Qing dynasty/Republic (1644-1949)

嵌银丝木盒, 晚清至民国

 

of rectangular form, the cover with curved bevelled edge, the top and sides finely decorated all over with taotie motifs, scrolls and mythical beasts in thin silver inlay, the top with sliding cover to reveal a secret compartment, the surface with two central inscriptions of different sized characters within a double lined rectangular border, the first four-character inscription reads 'yun chuang qing shi' and the second in smaller characters reads 'Rong Bao Zhai zhi Yin Gai ti', translating as 'made at Rong Bao zhai, inscribed by Yin Gai' followed by the carver's seal 'shigong', the front with an applied bat shaped metal lockplate, the interior with a removable tray, the edge with silver inlay geometric band and lined with fuschia coloured silk

 

Yin Gai, the pseudonyms of Shou shigong (1889-1950), was an expert seal-carver, calligrapher and connoisseur during late-Qing to Republic China.

 

此长方形木盒通体嵌有银丝装饰, 包括饕餮、卷云、兽面及几何纹样分布各处。木盒盒盖可拉开, 内有隔层; 盒身正面镶有蝙蝠形扣锁, 盒身能上下开合, 盒体内部铺有暗红丝绢。盒盖刻款款识为: 云窗清事, 其下有 “荣宝斋制印丐题” 刻款, 并有 “石工” 印款

 

印丐, 即晚清民国之间, 著名篆刻书法家寿石工 (1889-1950) 之号。

Size: 14.4cm high, 30cm long, 17cm deep
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Condition: The top with wear to the silver inlay, the four-character inscription with green deposit, the second inscription with some residue of red pigment, some degradation to the hinges and damage to the interior lining
Estimate: £2000 – 3000
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