Blue and White Boxes from the Qing Dynasty

A very fine selection of Qing Dynasty blue and white ceramic boxes, each featuring intact condition with original lids. The boxes have been painted in a beautiful blue pigment and finely finished with glossy glaze. The decorative motifs include foliage and a border of meanders, which frame a stylised dragon. This is one of the most recognisable symbols associated with Chinese culture, being a metaphor of power, strength and good fortune. Such boxes might have been placed in the grave with the deceased or used as everyday containers for trinkets or pens.

Date: Circa AD 1644-1912
Period: Qing Dynasty
Condition: Fine condition, please see individual description for details.
Choice of item A B C
Clear selection

This product is currently out of stock and unavailable.

Blue and white porcelain is one of the most emblematic productions of Chinese art, reaching its apex with the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty. It was created by painting designs with the distinctive cobalt-oxide mixture under the glaze. Cobalt ores were imported from Persia, and were considered precious ingredients at the time, used only in limited quantities. These were ground into a pigment, which were painted directly onto the smooth porcelain body. The piece was then glazed and fired. When fired in the kiln, the cobalt would have reacted to generate the distinctive bright sapphire blue colour, which in Chinese culture is often linked with the season of spring, hence associated with growth and advancement. Porcelain boxes, such as this fine example, would have been not only used as everyday containers, but also placed as grave goods with the deceased.

Choice of item

, ,

Chinese Mythology


Pottery and Porcelain


You may also like…