Guangxu Period, Qing Dynasty
Porcelain with peach-bloom glaze
D: 7.2 cm, h: 3.5 cm
Cover lid professionally restored to a high standard (it appears to have once been cleanly broken in half)
From a Massachusetts private collection.
Bearing a six-character Kangxi mark, this paste box is a very successful 19th century version of earlier peach-bloom porcelain. Its beauty lies in its fantastic glaze: deep red, punctuated by spots of oxidized green, and bubbling to a lighter pink near the edges. Looking at this piece, one can easily understand how it received its "peach bloom" name; its glaze yields a kind of depth and changeability not unlike the furry skin of a particularly ripe peach.