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SMALL CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL BOX AND COVER

18TH CENTURY

4 cm high, 8.1 cm diameter

The round box is supported on a slightly splayed foot with gilded rim, the rounded sides rising to a raised gilded band to fit the cover. The exterior is decorated in thin copper wire with scrolling lotus below a ruyi head border, filled in with green, blue, white, yellow and red enamel against a turquoise-blue ground. The domed cover with gilded rim is decorated with a repeated motif all around a central stylised flower head. The base and the interior of the box and cover are inlaid with a thick layer of turquoise-blue enamel.

Provenance:

Formerly in the collection of Jan Wirgin (1932-2020), former director of the Museum of East Asian Art and Antiquities, Stockholm