Chinese Lacquer Box with Bone Overlay from the Estate of Dr. William Lillyman


This Chinese lacquer box is from the estate of Dr. William Lillyman, who had an important collection of Asian antiques.

This box was made for export, as evidenced by the faint Made in China as seen on the bottom of the box. "Made in" came into use after 1919, and "People's Republic" was in use in 1949 so I am estimating this box is circa 1920s-1930s based on this information as well as the condition and style.

The box measures 1.75" in height x 6.2" in length x 2.25" width-wise.

****CONDITION: There are some losses to the decorative bone inlay on the lid and a chip at the corner as seen in the last photo. The surfaces of the box on the lid, sides, bottom, and interior have wear in the form of crackling, spotting, and uneven color tone. The interior of the box and the interior edges also have wear. Please examine the photos carefully and let me know if you would like more as I will be happy to oblige.

****Also, please note that the box should not be displayed in areas of drastically fluctuating temperatures or exposed to direct sunlight as these factors will hasten the degradation of the lacquer. Do not use commercial cleans or immerse in water.

Thank you for looking.


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