A Chinese cricket box made from a gourd with a wooden lid and dating from the 19th century. The lid would have originally been carved with a Shou medallion within a ruyi border.
Dimensions are: 3 1/4 inches tall X 2 5/8 inches wide. All measurements are approximate.
Condition: The lid is broken and has been repaired, and there are small cracks in the lid and wooden lip of the gourd.
Provenance: From the estate of Albert T Quon in Beverly Hills, CA. Mr. Quon was born in China and came to US as a teenager. He graduated from USC in 1928 and established a successful import/export business in both China and the US. He was the first Chinese American to purchase property in Beverly Hills. He also became the first Asian admitted to the Los Angeles Rotary Club, and the first Asian to serve on the Board of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. He donated millions of dollars to his Alma mater, USC. There is a statue of him on USC campus and a classroom was named after him.
High resolution images can be found at: https://file.ac/UykN8fh5DOM/