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Box for Seal Paste
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Box for Seal Paste

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Description This rounded top and base of this box are covered in a peach bloom glaze of mottled red and pink. Clouds if gray-green speckled with apple green rest on the edges of the curved lid and upper lip of the bottom. The inside is covered in white glaze. Boxes of this type (in Chinese "yinse he") would contain vermillion seal paste and were an essential part of a scholar's writing desk. During the latter half of the Kangxi reign (1662-1722), sets of petite porcelains covered in peach bloom glaze were produced at the Jingdezhen Imperial kilns. These sets, meant for the writing table, included small flower vases, brush washers, and boxes for seal paste.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese Porcelain. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980-1981.
Provenance William T. or Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Reign Mark] In blue underglaze: da qing kang xi nian zhi
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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porcelain with peach bloom glaze
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H: 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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