Vietnamese 15th Century Blue & White Octagonal Covered Box
This very attractive moulded covered box was made during the mid 15th century. It is coated in a finely-crackled glaze and elaborately decorated in underglaze blue, the pattern comprising blossoms and floral patterns. Diameter 8 cm. The vulnerable inner lip of the lower section is "nibbled" but otherwise condition is very good with 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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