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Box for Seal Paste
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Box for Seal Paste


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Description This small round covered box, called yinse he in Chinese, held the vermillion seal paste on the 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. The peach bloom glaze on the exterior of this box is a mottled pink and red, with sprays of gray-green hugging the contours of the lid. Stains from the potent vermillion pigment remain in the white glaze of the interior.
Exhibitions
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Chinese Ceramics: Art and Technology. High Museum of Art, Atlanta. 1984-1985.
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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Period
1710-1722
Medium
porcelain with peach bloom glaze
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
49.153
Measurements
H with lid: 1 1/2 × Diam: 2 13/16 in. (3.8 × 7.2 cm); Lid H: 13/16 × Diam: 2 13/16 in. (2 × 7.2 cm); Base H: 13/16 × Diam2 13/16 in. (2 × 7.1 cm)
Geographies
  • China (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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