This late Qing Dynasty teacup box has a high handle carved with the figure of a deer, an auspicious Chinese symbol used to wish longevity. Foliage, flowers and scalloping also are carved on both sides of the handle as well as on the ear-like curved ends that hold the handle in place. The rich red lacquer on the wooden box contrasts nicely with touches of deep, dark green and faint gilding. The container is fitted with a removable half-lid that allowed stacks of traditional Chinese teacups without handles to be stored inside. A metal hasp secures the lid to the box, which is constructed of curved wood staves held in place with two metal bands. This late 19th/early 20th century piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height including handle 14” (35.6 cm), width 11 ½” (29.3 cm), depth 14” (35.6 cm).