Imperial Blue Covered Box
Blue, white Reproduction design on decorative covered box Features exotic blooms, ornate medallions, and lacy borders Pattern based on an 18th-century Chinese export Porcelain 22-karat gold accents Williamsburg by Mottehedeh & Co., Inc.
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Fine porcelain. In the round and lidded. This gracefully patterned small box is perfect for holding tiny treasures. Since the Ming Dynasty, imperial blue and white porcelains have been prized by collectors and connoisseurs around the world. Edged in 22k gold, this underglaze blue covered box is based on a Chinese export porcelain pattern, circa 1730. The elegant design features a central flowered medallion, continuous collar, and floral sprays. 2 1/2" dia.
The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) saw an extraordinary period of innovation in ceramic manufacturing. Kilns investigated new techniques in design and shapes, showing a fondness for color and painted design, and an exploration of new forms. In addition to these decorative innovations, the late Ming period underwent a dramatic shift towards a market economy, exporting porcelain around the world on an unprecedented scale. The kilns became the main production center for large-scale porcelain exports to Europe.