A late 19th or early 20th century Chinese lacquered wood wedding basket. These items were traditional wedding gifts and usually contained food. This example is quite elaborate with carved and gilded cinnabar lacquer panels and detailed gilt decorated panels. The handle is fixed in place and decorated in black and red with a gilt cloud pattern (an auspicious symbol).
There are also good luck symbols and foliate designs and dragons in blue and mauve. The top lid comes off to reveal an internal tray which is removable, below this the base is plain. It is a very evocative design and is bound to stand out and become a feature item and talking point. Not something you see very often and a highly decorative example with desirable lacquer panels. Some period wear and rubbing.Losses to the gilding particularly to the carved lacquer panels. See images for general condition.
Height: 30 cm (11 3/4 inch) Length: 39.3 cm (15 1/2 inch) including handle bar Depth: 24 cm (9 1/2 inch) the base Weight: 3040 grams (before packing) Stock Code: 1770 JL19-3. If for any reason you are unhappy with your item please let us know as soon as possible, and we will do our best to put things right. The item "Antique Chinese Wood & Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Panel Wedding Dowry Basket / Box" is in sale since Saturday, October 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Boxes". The seller is "chrisbuckman" and is located in Lincoln.This item can be shipped worldwide.