An extraordinary survivor, this beautiful Chinese export lacquer sewing box of shaped form is decorated with scenes of Mandarins at their leisure in garden settings, the case resting upon carved and gilded dragon’s head feet and the top opening to reveal a fitted tray with all the original finely detailed carved bone sewing articles.  This would have been a rather luxurious genteel lady’s ‘work box’ in it’s time, and it is obvious that it’s owner treasured it considering its remarkably good condition.  Measuring 4 1/2 x 12″ x 8 1/4″ and dating to Mid-19th century.