Dimensions: 4 cm diameter
– Purchased from Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art, November 2010
– Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Important Chinese Ceramics andWorks of Art, 7 April 2015, lot 3641
– A private Asian collection
Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art, ‘The Art of Scent’, AsianArt in London 2010, no. 30
The circular box and cover are of a gently domed shape. Finely carved, when put side by side, to depict a continuous scene of two scholars having a picnic under a blossoming peach tree, both looking to their left at a young boy attendant, kneeling beside rockwork, under trailing clouds and the sun in the sky above. The interior lacquered black with a reign mark incised on the inside of the cover.