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7 A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE PEACH-SHAPED INCENSE BOX AND COVER, KOGO, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI PERIOD (1621-1627)

 明天啟 青花桃型香盒

The rounded sides rising from a flat unglazed base and painted with two flower sprays, the interior with an oval compartment divided by a shallow central ridge, the slightly domed cover, painted with a flower and leaf spray

Length: 3.8cm

Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 2015; Mujintang Collection.

This small peach-shaped box is delicately potted and painted in a rather simple spontaneous style with flower sprays, that hints at the Kangxi style nearly a hundred years later. 

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