Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Box
This blue & white porcelain box dates to the 16th century. The underglaze blue decoration to the cover features a peach, representing marriage as well as being a symbol of immortality and springtime, below which is a scrolling floral pattern. The lower section is decorated with beribboned objects. The unglazed edges have fired to a pinkish red and even the inner glazed surfaces have a pinky-red colour in places.
Diameter 8.5 cm, height 7 cm. The surface of the glaze is a little coarse in places, from original manufacture. The lower section has some minor "nibbling" in places to the vulnerable edge and there is a small chip to the base edge. There is no repair or restoration.
Note: it was believed that small jars and boxes such as this had healing properties and quite often the rims and/or edges have had small pieces carefully broken off which were then ground down and added to food as medicine. Whether or not this was done here or the chips are damage from use is not known.
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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