Click on large image to expand view

Treasure Box 
Box: 18th c. Objects: Shang - Ming Dynasty

32.4cm h. x 35.5dm w. x 25.4cm deep 

An 18th c. scholar’s object box with lid and two doors which open to reveal four drawers. The box is constructed of Huanghuali (genus dalbergia) with recessed white copper hardware. Each tray and drawer has been custom fitted for ancient gilt and silvered bronze, stone and porcelain objects. (see attached list)
This collection and presentation was assembled in 2005 in the manner of Qing Dynasty emperor’s “treasure boxes”, which were custom designed around small groups of curios from the Imperial collections. Several examples exist in the National Palace Museum in Taipei.
From a private American collection. 

Top Tray:

  1. Jade Earring – Warring States Period (475 – 221 B.C., China) Diameter: 3.2cm

  2. Rock Crystal Earring - Warring States Period (475 – 221 B.C., China) Diameter: 3.5cm

  3. Two Gilt Bronze Phoenix Urn Finials – Tang Dynasty (680 – 908 A.D., China). Heights: 5.3cm

  4. Two Gilt Bronze Circular Armor Ornaments – Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- 220 A.D., China). Diameters: 6.2cm

  5. Cambodian Bronze Necklace – Angkor Period (12th – 13th c. A.D., Cambodia) Diameter: 19.5cm (with repaired crack)

  6. Bronze Mirror - Warring States Period (475 – 221 B.C., China)

Left Drawer:

  1. A Revolving Porcelain Stem-cup with Qingbai Glaze (see attached separate description.). Yuan Dynasty (1279 - 1368 A.D., China), Height: 9cm.

Right Top Drawer:

  1. Jade Ovoid Belt Buckle – Ming Dynasty 1368 – 1644 A.D., China, Length: 10.7m

Right Center Drawer:

  1. Agate Ax Blade – Shang Dynasty (1600 – 1100 B.C., China), Length: 14cm.

Bottom Drawer:

  1. Pair of Gilt Bronze Totie Mask and Ring Handles -Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- 220 A.D., China). Heights: 7cm

  2. Gilt and Silvered Lotus Shaped Chariot Hubcap- Tang Dynasty (680 – 908 A.D., China).  Diameter: 5.5cm

  3. Five Gilt Bronze Belt Plaques- Liao Dynasty, 10th c. AD, China, 3.9 – 4.2cm.

  4. Six Gilt Bronze Silkworms -  Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- 220 A.D., China).  Lengths: 4 -4.5cm.