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A lacquered case with a set of 9 ink cakes, late Qing dynasty.

Estimate
4 000 - 6 000 SEK
353 - 530 EUR
376 - 564 USD
Hammer price
3 000 SEK
Purchasing info
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Cecilia Nordström
Stockholm
Cecilia Nordström
Head Specialist Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass
+46 (0)739 40 08 02
A lacquered case with a set of 9 ink cakes, late Qing dynasty.

A rectangular box with a full front five clawed dragon amidst cloud formations, clad to the interior with a yellow silk lining. Measure 12x21 cm. The ink stones decorated in relief with mountain landscapes and with gilded lettering.

The inkstones with damages, and traces of glue.

Provenance

From the Collection of Axel Lagrelius (1863-1944). Thence by descent within the family. Axel was a Swedish chemical engineer, business leader and art collector.
Lagrelius sponsored several scientific expeditions, such as Alfred Nathorst to Spitsbergen in 1898, Greenland 1899, and Otto Nordenskjold expedition to the South Pole 1902-1904, continuously Johan Gunnar Anderssons Expeditions in China from 1916, onwards. He held several honorary titles and was from 1907 In 1907 appointed superintendent of the court.

In 1926 he accompanied the crown prince of Sweden on his journey to China, where he got the honorary title of a mandarin of the court. He was one of the founding members of the China Committee and one of the investors in the Karlbeck syndicate that purchased Chinese Works of Art in China through Orvar Karlbeck 1928-1932.

Exhibitions

Compare with an imperial inscribed inkcake sold at Christies, The Imperial Sale, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Monday 26 April 2004, lot no 921. With the same kind of fitted lacquer box with tow confrotted dragons.

Compare also with a set like this in the Palace Museum in Taipei,
Image Number: C1F000012N000000096PAB.

Literature

The black and white image taken when Lagrelius visited China with the Crown Prince in 1926.

From the top left, no 1 O. Nordqvist, 2, 3, 4 Erik Nyström, 5, 6, 7.
From the lower left, no 3 Mr Everlöf, no 4. Crown Princess Louise Mountbatten, No 5. H.R.H. Crown Prins Gustav Adolf (later King Gustav VI Adolf), no 6 Mrs Rudebäck, no 7 Mr Rudebäck, no 8 Axel Lagrelius, 9 Johan Gunnar Andersson.

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