A Fujian Qingbai cosmetic large box – Song/Yuan Dynasty

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The lid has a moulded chrysanthemum decoration whereas the bottom half is decorated with grass scrolls. It is covered with a bluish-white Qingbai glaze except for the lower part of the body and the base, where the white paste can be seen. These chrysanthemum boxes with white bodies are usually attributed to Dehua kilns in Fujian province, but they were also fired in other parts of the province. 


Period: Southern Song-Yuan dynasty (13th century)

Size: Diameter 13.7 cm, height 6.8 cm

Condition: Wear consistent with age and use, the bottom half with cracks and chips to the rim and base, the lid with a chip to the rim.

Provenance: From a Swedish private collection.

SKU: 41

References: Shards from similar boxes have been excavated from Dehua kiln, Fujian Province. Examples are illustrated in The specimens of ancient Chinese kilns in the collection of the Palace Museum - Fujian Volume 1, Feng Xiaoqi, The forbidden city publishing house, 2015, plates 920, 953, 1004, 1017, 1157

More info: Qingbai ware