An imperial black lacquered wooden box decorated with two dragons chasing the sacred pearl Maximize

An imperial black lacquered wooden box decorated with two dragons chasing the sacred pearl

Lacquered wood
China
Wanli Emperor period (1573-1619)
Ming
Height : 8,5 cm / Lenght : 30,8 cm / Depth : 17,7 cm
French private collection

The imperial box with the lid, painted in red, blue, green, white and gold, with two confronted five-claws dragons chasing the sacred pearl in the clouds above the waves. In front, blossoming peonies among scrolls and a stylized lotus shaped clasp. The sides decorated with prunus flowers and bamboo leaves, the back with flowers and plants delicately painted in gold. The inside with brown lacquer.

The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (I). Cat. 192, p. 233.
Zhongguo meishu quanji. Gongyi Meishu Zhu Bian Vol. 11 Zhumu Ya Jiao Jue Qi. Fig. 210, p. 187-188.