An Unusual Chinoiserie Lacquer Box

Lukutin, circa 1860

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Rectangular, painted en grisaille heightened by gilding with an elegant couple and their child fishing in a pond inside a palace garden, the figures and part of the background slightly raised, the outer border and sides painted with leaves, on a black ground, back of lid chipped, the dark red interior inscribed 'Croquis Chinois' and signed: 'F(abrica) P. and A. Lukutin', width 20cm.