Lacquer-and-basketry boxes were very popular in the late Ming period (1368-1644), but were not made for court use and generally do not depict the five-clawed dragon. The present imperial porcelain version of a non-imperial lacquer box is highly unusual.
Compare a porcelain copy of a carved lacquer box without basketwork, included in The 7th Annual Exhibition of Porcelain of Ch'ing Dynasty. K'ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch'ien-lung Periods (from 1662 to 1795 A.D.), Min Ch'iu Society, Hong Kong, 1968, cat.no. 144.
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