Mr. Hans W. Siegel, Ronco, Switzerland, Bangkok, Thailand, and Hong Kong, China, purchased from National Import and Export Cooperation, Canton, China, in 1957 
Andrew Kahane, Ltd. Oriental Art, New York City, acquired from Mr. Hans W. Siegel, to 1995 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Andrew Kahane, Ltd. Oriental Art in 1995
 According to a letter in the object file, Mr. Hans W. Siegel purchased this object at the 1957 autumn antique fair of the National Import and Export Cooperation (see Curatorial Note 4 in the object record).
 According to Curatorial Note 4 in the object record.
- Previous Owner(s)
Andrew Kahane, Ltd. Oriental Art
Hans W. Siegel
National Import and Export Cooperation
Circular (tixi) box with domed cover; surface lacquered with nine alternating layers of red and black lacquer beginning and ending with black (in places the color is a lustrous brownish-black that appears translucent). Overall design carved with V-shaped grooves that have a slightly rounded trough (instead of a sharp point at the bottom). Cover of box decorated with a central medallion that consists of two spectacle-shaped pommel designs (jianwen) with small circle at the midpoint. Medallion surrounded by curvilinear scroll pattern (xiangcao) with bilateral projections--so called "double fish tails." Scroll design repeats on bottom half of box. Grooved bands appear at the lips of top and bottom halves of box; bottom also has a grooved band just above the foot. Slightly concave base lacquered with black. Interior of box is black over red lacquer.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum