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An Annamese Covered Jar– 15th-16th Cty.

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An Annamese Covered Jar– 15th-16th Cty.
An Annamese blue and white covered box in a circular form with a flattened cover. It has a stoneware body decorated in underglaze cobalt - blue with a peony spray on the cover and vegetal sprays between diaper pattern on the sides. The box/jar measures 3" diameter at the waist and is 2” high. The box is glazed on the inside but has an unglazed interior on the foot. The top and the bottom are well matched to one another. Excellent condition, with one small frit on the bottom rim. It dates to the 15th century, late Tran dynasty to Early Le dynasty. Usually these are only found in blue and white. This is the history of Annamese porcelains - " The area of South East Asia which is now North Vietnam played a significant part in porcelain production from the 14th to the 17th centuries, thanks to abundant supplies of feldspar and kaolin near Hanoi. The Annamese were using cobalt as early as the Chinese (14th century) and fine blue-and-white decorated porcelains were produced in Tho-ha and Bat Trang. The earlier wares closely imitated Chinese, but distinctive characteristics of decoration as well as potting technique had emerged by the 15th century when the best Annamese porcelains were produced. Among the distinctive Annamese products were circular covered boxes, and water droppers in the form of animals. "Porcelain," Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2004".

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