Vietnamese 15th Century Blue & White Covered Box
This covered box was made during the mid 15th century. It is "heavily-potted", the attractive underglaze blue decoration featuring scrolling lotus leaf and floral patterns. Diameter 5.5 cm. There is a small chip to the inner lip of the box but there is no repair or restoration.
Items such as this were, and still are, much revered amongst devotees of the tea ceremony. Many similar items are described and illustrated in the fine Oxford University Press book: "Vietnamese and Chinese Ceramics Used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony" by Hiromu Honda and Noriki Shimazu (ISBN 0195886070).
This particular item for sale is from a private collection of fine quality Vietnamese 15th century blue & white ceramics we acquired last year.
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