This is an early, c1800 octagonal Chinese hat box. The basic structure of the box is of wood with both lid and base having eight panels to create the shape. The lid has an upper curve so that the top octagonal panel is of a smaller size. This has two wide borders with a central plain section. This has initially all been lacquered but some of this is now worn. There are four bands of shaped bamboo secured with nails. The eight side panels have darker cartouches and a couple of these retain their original Chinese characters that we were told were ancient Chinese poems (see images). Six of the eight have lost most of this detail. The interior of the box is essentially plain. There is evidence of old borer holes in the base and two of the eight lips that hold the lid are probably missing their upper sections, but this does not affect the security of the lid on top of the base. The condition is otherwise very good for age. This is a stylish box that makes quite a visual impact and it would look great amongst a collection of Oriental pieces and could also be used, if desired, to hold an appropriate hat. Maximum width 14.25 ins (36.3cm) x depth 8.5 ins (21.5cm). Weight 2.3 kgs.
This item appears in my book “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 403.
Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $55.00 USD – with no tracking is cheaper. This item is covered by own insurance policy. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Elegant Octagonal Treen & Bamboo Chinese Hat Box with Poems, c1800
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