Large Thai 14th - 15th Century Sawankhalok Covered Footed Box (mis-match)
This stoneware box was made during the 14th - 15th centuries at the Sawankhalok kilns. Both upper and lower sections are moulded and have been elaborately decorated in underglaze patterns featuring various geometric and floral patterns. The inner surface of the lower section is coated in an olive-green glaze.
However, although on initial sight the cover and box appear to match, in fact they are a "marriage": although clearly both of the same period, the inner curved surface of the cover has been ground down to help it to fit to the lower part. It is also obvious upon closer inspection that the glazes differ; to the cover the glaze has a greenish tint, to the lower part the glaze has a blueish tint. However, it is still a very nice object. To the unglazed base is the circular mark left by the pontil on which it stood in the kiln during firing. Closer examination also reveals faint traces of ancient root/plant growths from its long burial.
This is a large example of its type with a diameter of 13.75 cm (5.5 inches), height 8.5 cm (3.33 inches). Notwithstanding the mis-matched cover, nor the over-smooth inner surface where it has been ground down, it is in good condition with no repair or restoration.
This item is part of a recently acquired old English collection comprising mostly Ming Dynasty blue & white porcelain but also including a few earlier celadons and some South-East Asian ceramics.
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