Blue and White Hexagonal Box

20th Century
$88 USD SOLD
Dimensions
W: 3.5" D: 3.0" H: 1.5"
Materials
Porcelain
Collection #
CMRC035F
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This petite porcelain box has a shallow, hexagonal form, similar to those traditionally used for seal ink or cosmetics. The six-sided box is glazed in the blue-and-white style, hand-painted with a serene, waterside landscape and simple spiral meanders.

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Blue & White Porcelain

Soon after its development in the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368 AD), blue-and-white underglaze porcelain became a favorite of the imperial court. Its broad appeal rapidly extended beyond China’s borders, becoming a lucrative export commodity highly sought after in Europe, the Middle East, and beyond.

Using cobalt imported from Western Asia, ceramic artists ground the mineral into a vibrant blue pigment that was then painted directly on a porcelain base, coated with clear glaze, and fired. This underglaze technique brought with it a shift in focus from the overall shape of a vessel to the skill and artistry traceable in its painted decoration.

Transcending time and taste, blue-and-white porcelain continues to be appreciated around the world for the intricate brushwork and brilliant blue color.

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