An aesthetically pleasant blue and white glazed pottery jewellery lidded box from the Chinese Kangxi period. The whole surface appears finely and intricately decorated with swirl patterns. The lid and box are further enriched with the depiction of flowers, finely rendered with a gentle use of the brush.
Date: Late 17th century AD Period: Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty Provenance: From the 'Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck'; lost in the South China sea, recovered in 2014. Condition: Very fine condition. Some chipping and light abrasions, dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.
The Kangxi period was one of the most productive period of Chinese ceramics. Blue and White glazed porcelain is probably the most immediately recognisable art production which flourished under this period. Blue-and-white porcelain was particularly admired by the Imperial court, and it was produced for both domestic use and for export outside China. Blue and White ceramic is 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.
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