Dimensions: 27.5 cm wide. Japanese wood box
– Christie’s Hong Kong ‘The Imperial Sale’, 28 May 2014, lot 3511
– A private Dutch collection
Shaped in the form of a five-petalled prunus-blossom, the central scene on the cover carved to depict scholars in various leisurely pursuits enjoying the views and the lake with their two attendants; all set amongst gnarled pine trees and rocks. The sides of the cover and base are decorated with five cartouches carved with various floral-sprays set against a diamond diaper ground. The interior and base are applied with black lacquer.