Soapstone Writing Box

Object nr. 673 China, Kangxi period (1662-1722) Height: 15,5 cm | Width: 47 cm | Length: 36,2 cm

Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Soapstone Writing Box

A Large Huanghuali wood box, the exterior decorated with carved and stained soapstone panels with gilding. The box has copper nails, lock-plate and handles – possibly made in Europe. Each panel depicts a different scene embellished with gilding and pigments.

The larger main panel on the lid depicts figures in a garden landscape, surrounded by panels with mythical beasts, flowers and vases with hundred treasures. The front panels also have scenes with figures in a garden. The sides have vases, flowers and fruits. The back has two river scenes and an unusual larger scene with fish and shells.

The inside cover lacquered with a scene of birds amongst flowers, divided into compartments to the interior. The lacquered wood stand is of a later date.

Floris van der Ven