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Lot 53

A Chinese cinnabar lacquer 'finger citron' box and cover Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

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Lot 53

A Chinese cinnabar lacquer 'finger citron' box and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Price Realised: £2,099

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 53

Description

A Chinese cinnabar lacquer 'finger citron' box and cover

Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Intricately carved to the base and cover with finger citron issuing from leafy branches, the interior lacquered black.

8.5cm diameter.

Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong circa 1950s by the Great Aunt of the present owner.

清乾隆 剔紅佛手柑紋圓形蓋盒

來源:由現藏家姨母約於1950年代購於香港。

The finger citron is an unusually shaped citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections. In Chinese, it is called ‘Buddha’s hand’, 佛手, which is at once a Buddhist emblem, and a homophone and visual pun to the phrase, good fortune/wealth and longevity, fu shou 福壽, thus becoming a symbol of happiness, longevity and good fortune, often gifted to family and friends for Lunar New Year. 

In a Buddhist context, it is often given as an offering to Buddhist temples. According to tradition, Buddha prefers the fruit to resemble a closed rather than open hand, as in this fashion it is more reminiscent of the hands of the Buddha when in prayer.

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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