Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Covered Box
This larger-sized blue & white box was made during the Wanli reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. The centre design on the cover is of a stylised curled dragon surrounded by panels containing peaches and precious objects, very much like many kraak porcelain pieces of the same period. The glaze is heavily crackled and to the base the glaze has a "orange peel" effect, a result of this box being a little under-fired. The glaze to the inner surfaces is much more glossy.
Diameter 10.75 cm (4.25 inches). Condition is good with just a few insignificant "nibbles" to the edge, as is so often the case with porcelain boxes of this type.
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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