This high carved, rare Chinese octagonal box measures 9" across each section and stands 10" tall. It consists of a lid, base and removable tray. The entire piece is carved from a single log! There is significant wear to this ancient piece. See pictures.
According to one of Ask JustAnswer online expert, Robert S., an Antique and Collectibles Researcher "This is a wonderful piece and quite rare. It's Chinese, part of a lady's formal hostess equipment, reserved for special occasions such as birthday banquets. The box held a set of cups that nested into each other and the compartments in the fitted tray held a porcelain 'supper set' of small servers for sweetmeats. The cups were used to serve the birthday wine.
This one is beautifully made and, carved from a single block of wood, part ebonized and part painted red with traces of gilding. It's quite old, too. I would estimate it to be mid- to late-Qing in age, possibly as old as late 1700s and no newer than mid-1800s going by the figures.
The carving and ornamentation is charmingly done with the Eight Immortals around the cover, scholar's objects around the center, and a stylized dragon in each of the panels of the lower register. The top of the cover depicts Shou Lao Xing, the god of longevity, riding a fenghuang (Chinese phoenix) symbol of the empress and feminine virtue."
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Chinese Qing Dynasty Octagonal Lady's Formal
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