Chinese red lacquer box

late 18th century

diameter 24.5cm

Inv. 527

A unique look...

“From seven to eleven, I lived in China with my parents who were working in Beijing at the time. I learned to speak Mandarin and write Chinese there. At the Vouland museum, this box discovered during the Yuan Chin Taa exhibition aroused my interest because I did not know the imperial period. Indeed, I know the history of contemporary China better than I studied Chinese language and literature for four years at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon. The fact that the scene depicted on the lid of this box refers to a novel is of particular interest to me. It's a kind of illustration that evokes the image-text link and comes close to my field of research, which is comics. The fact that the box is very elaborate seemed to me to be very beautiful, especially since the drawing work is of great finesse. The links between figuration and geometric patterns struck me. I wanted to share this, thanks to my presence in the association of friends of the museum and it was fun to discover a hidden object, out of sight in the museum's reserves, while the box itself aims to hide things, addresses the issue of privacy. »

Norbert Danysz, volunteer, Association of Friends of the Louis Vouland Museum (AMLV).

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