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Small Chinese Blue and White Seal Paste or Cosmetic Box


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1800: Item # 1199164
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A small (under 2 inches diameter) antique Chinese blue and white porcelain covered cosmetic or seal paste box. Rabbit decoration in cobalt on white slip centered on the cover. An otherwise translucent glaze with faint celadon pooling over the top and bottom with ribbed sides suggesting petals of a lotus blossom. Probably late Ming or transitional. There is one small chip outside of the rim of the cover. A slightly larger chip inside and interrupting the rim. Smaller, older slight roughage of the rim to the cover does not appear objectionable. A fault in the firing has left a small opening on the bottom where the body has separated. Diameter up to 1 7/8 inch (4.76 cm)