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Two (2) Chinese cinnabar Lacquer boxes, two (2) cinnabar buttons, and one (1) leather covered box. Includes one (1) cinnabar box decorated with dragon in clouds on lid and floral sides, signed on bottom on inset plaque; one (1) box with village landscape scene on lid, floral cartouches and diaper design to sides; one (1) leather covered box with faint diaper and floral design, brass latch, and Chinese character inscription to interior; and two (2) floral cinnabar buttons. Largest box – 3" H x 6" W x 3" D. Buttons – 1 1/4" dia. All items late 19th/mid 20th century. Provenance: Estate of Martha Dodge, Hendersonville, TN; estate of Marvin Dodge (brother to Mrs. Dodge's late husband, Robert), Palm Beach, Florida; estate of Clarence Mack, Palm Beach, Florida. Marvin Dodge was the caretaker/companion of noted American architect Clarence Mack, and inherited several antiques (now in this auction) from him. Biography: Clarence Mack, known for designing Georgian Revival homes in Ohio's prestigious Shaker Heights and Lakewood areas, and later in Palm Beach, was born in 1888 and grew up on Cleveland's west side and in Lakewood. Mack's houses were all apparently built for speculation; he is said to have bought the property, designed each house and acted as contractor, furnished the houses with antiques purchased from his European travels, and lived in many of them before selling them. His business slowed with the advent of the Stock Market crash of 1929. He spent 5 years traveling around the world before settling in Palm Beach, Florida in 1935. He continued to design and build there until his retirement in 1962, his name becoming synonymous with the "Palm Beach Regency Style". Never married, Mack died in Palm Beach in 1982. (sources: The Lakewood Historical Society and the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.) CONDITION: Hinge on dragon-decorated box is somewhat loose. Some cracking and darkening to surface of leather box. Tiny chips and wear to bottom of all boxes.