Large Thai 14th - 15th Century Sawankhalok Covered Footed Box
This fine stoneware box was made during the 14th - 15th centuries at one of the Sawankhalok kilns. The cover has a knob handle surrounded by raised bands and the lower part has an integral foot. The underglaze decoration includes various geometric and floral patterns that are covered in a finely-crackled translucent pale greenish-blue glaze, the colour varying slightly in accordance with the thickness of the glaze. The raised centre and handle of the cover, and the wall of the foot are coated in iron-brown. To the unglazed base is the mark left by the pontil on which this box stood in the kiln during firing.
This is a larger example of its type with a diameter of 12.75 cm (5 inches), height 11.5 cm (4.5 inches). Although it is a very nice example, it does have minor defects: there is a minor firing fault to the edge of the cover, there is a small chip to the lower section and hairlines also to the lower section that have been stabilised (not at all obvious when viewed from the outside so we show a close-up of this from the inside).
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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