A FINE WHITE-GLAZED 'CHRYSANTHEMUM' BOX AND COVER QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD OR EARLIER
Sotheby's New York, 4th June 1985, lot 4.
This rare group of boxes was in the past attributed to the Xuande reign. While the chrysanthemum flower was one of the most popular flowers in China and was widely used as an artistic motif already in the Northern Song dynasty, no related box of this type has been excavated at the Ming imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Considering together the refined potting, crisp moulding and relatively thin blue-tinged glaze of the present piece, it is probably an early Qing revival of the Xuande white-glazed wares instead of a Ming dynasty original.
This form with layers of petals on the cover can also be found in Qing dynasty wares made from other materials; see for example a cinnabar lacquer chrysanthemum box and cover of a more rounded proportion, inscribed with a poem by the Qianlong Emperor stating that the lacquer box was made to imitate wares from the Ming dynasty, from the Qing court collection and preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 2006, pl. 165.