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This Chinese export black lacquer dome-topped trunk is a unique and unusual piece, which opens up to reveal a beautifully crafted interior that is set out as a desk. The trunk itself is made from high-quality black lacquer, which is decorated with intricate patterns in gold and silver, creating a striking contrast against the black background.

The dome top of the trunk adds to its overall elegance and sophistication, while the large drop handles on the end panels make it easy to carry and transport. The trunk is not just a decorative piece, however, as it opens up to reveal a red interior that is carefully crafted and set out as a desk.

The interior of the trunk is finished with red lacquer, which provides a vivid colourful surface for writing or working on. There are several compartments and drawers that are designed to hold writing implements, paper, and other necessary supplies, making it a functional and practical piece as well as a work of art.

The use of black lacquer and the intricate decoration with gold and silver on this piece is a testament to the skill and artistry of Chinese craftsmen of the period. It is a unique and fascinating piece that would make a valuable addition to any collection of fine art or antique furniture.

Nicholas Wells Antiques advisors are available to answer all your questions. 

Please email us or call +44 (0)207 6920 897

Chinese export Metamorphic Scholars Campaign Chest / Desk

Stock Number: 24925

A most unusual Chinese export black lacquer campaign dome-topped trunk opens to reveal a red interior set out as a desk. the end panels with large drop handles, the whole decorated with gold and silver on black lacquer.

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  • Depth: 51 cm (20.08 inches)
  • Height: 51 cm (20.08 inches)
  • Width: 92 cm (36.22 inches)

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In the UK Online sales of this kind are known as ‘distance selling’. We offer a refund to customers if you’ve told us within 3 days of receiving the goods that you want to cancel. You have another 14 days to return the goods once you’ve told us of your intention. A refund will be issued within 14 days of receiving the goods back in the same condition. Return shipping should be the same level as received with insurance, we recommend using the same shipper at your cost. If needed we will help organise suitable shipping.

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We will ship worldwide however the costs vary between countries so please email us for a quote. Depending on the item we will recommend the most suitable method.

Our preferred international shipping methods include fine art shippers Gander and White, Art Logistics, Cadogan Tate for items over £5,000. For Fedex, DHL or UPS shipments we expertly pack in-house in wooden crates or heavy duty cardboard – Suitable for most items under £5000. If you have your own shippers we are very happy to coordinate with them.

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All items are sent fully insured at the invoice value.

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All items are inclusive of all local taxes but may be subject to additional charges for importation and taxes local to the client. Antiques are zero-rated to the USA, all items ship with the correct paperwork. While we are not liable for these additional charges we do encourage clients to research these prior to purchasing items from us. We will make a full value disclosure, as required by the insurance, on all items sent overseas. This is required to ensure proper insurance cover in sending valuable items.

EXPORT LICENCES & CITES

Where required we will oversee the completion of all export licenses for high-value items. We will also arrange for CITES paperwork for materials of endangered species including ivory, tortoiseshell, stuffed birds etc.

DELIVERY TIMES

This is dependent on the size and value of the object, all items are checked over and polished before shipping and will generally have wooden crates made. This all takes time so expect 10 – 20 working days for delivery unless the item is small in which case 2-3 days from order.

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