A pair of jardinières
Qianlong period, 1736–1795, China
清乾隆 1736-1795 中國
Height: 14 cm, 5.5 inches
Length: 45.7 cm, 18 inches
The jardinières are rectangular in form with outward curving sides and a flared rim, supported on gilt bracket feet. The four sides are each inset with a rectangular cinnabar lacquer panel of the highest quality carving – depicting figures in landscapes and on pavilion terraces. The background, decorated in painted lacquer, illustrates lotus flowers and scrolling leaves amongst a stylised chain link design.