Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Covered Box - Kangxi (1662 - 1722)
This attractive and fine quality blue & white porcelain covered box was made during the Kangxi reign (1662 - 1722) of the Qing Dynasty. Both cover and box are skillfully decorated in underglaze blue of very good colour, the main pattern on the cover featuring chrysanthemums, the emblem of friendship. Surrounding both the cover "eight treasures", all marks of good fortune. The lower section is decorated with seven of the eight treasures. It is coated in a finely-crackled glaze.
It is large example of its type with a diameter of 10 cm (4 inches). This box has been excavated from a shipwreck and there is minor surface wear to the glaze as should, of course, be expected. There is a fine hairline to the edge of the cover that follows the crackle of the glaze so this was presumably caused during manufacture; this hairline has been stabilised. Overall, a very nice example in good condition.
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