A  striking, heavy  Chinese export silver circular covered box with an interior fitted tray, most likely a lady’s sewing box, the exterior sides and lid covered with a dazzling array of highly detailed repousse flora and fauna including dragons, phoenix, cranes, lotus, bamboo and peony, the lid centered with a small roundel of a scholar seated beneath a pine tree, an auspicious bat flying above. The profusion of imagery continues on the interior with a compartmentalized tray with further flowering exotic plants as well as two figural panels-one with a military procession of horseback, the other with scholars in a garden at their leisure being serenaded by musicians, all with details picked out in gold. A small planet of detail all finely worked upon a 7 1/8″ diameter box, in very good condition with only minor loss to the background of one of the interior floral panels. Somewhat illegibly marked on the reverse. Approximate silver weight: 49toz. 19th century.  sold