Painted Red Lacquer Hat Box Lid

c. 1850
$780 USD
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H: 7.0" Dia: 17.0"
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No self-respecting man in Qing-dynasty China would leave the house without some kind of hat. In fact, headgear was so central to social status that even the containers used to store one's hat were beautifully constructed.

Ornately patterned and framed with brass fittings, this box lid dates to the 19th century and likely belonged to an individual of rank and nobility. The lid would have topped a round hat box used to store a fine winter hat, known as jiguan or chaoguan. Such hats were constructed of decadent silks, trimmed with satin or fur, and topped with a beaded finial denoting rank.

This hat box lid is cloaked in bright red lacquer and painted in gold pigment with an abstract lotus motif and a simple meander pattern. With a fantastic aged finish, this box lid is an unusual collector's item and adds just the right amount of color and texture to enliven modern interiors.

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