A Qing Dynasty lidded wooden box designed to serve pancakes combines handsome form with evidence of long use to evoke hundreds of banquets in late 18th/early 19th century China. The top of the notched lid is centered with a green and gold painting of chrysanthemums, symbol of conviviality. Faded calligraphy can still be seen on the underside of the lid. The bottom surface of the container also has very faint remains of calligraphy. Two deeply worn areas along the top surface of the tall hand-hewn handle show that the server carried a lot of pancakes. This charming example of antique Chinese utilitarian art is in very solid condition. Dimensions: height 15 ½” (39.4 cm) , diameter 12 ½” (31.9 cm).