An exceptional and rare Chinese mother of pearl mounted games box with four matching interior boxes containing gaming counters and dating from the 18th century. The rectangular shaped box has a hinged cover, the wooden body mounted with deep carved mother of pearl panels with flowering blossoms the central blossom forming a cartouche engraved with two love birds. The hinged cover opens to reveal and original red silk interior with four compartments each containing a finely engraved mother of pearl box with the matching love birds design to the covers and containing 43 various rectangular shaped counters engraved with playing card suits. The box has its original velvet inset base and is not marked.
Offered in good condition with some minor losses and repairs as might be expected with a box of this age.
Origin : China
Manufacture Date : 1770
Materials : Mother-of-pearl
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