Blue and White Chinoiserie Porcelain Trinket Box, Floral Motif
Blue and White Chinoiserie Porcelain Ink Box, painted with an foral motif, a symbol of long life, happiness and prosperity, surrounded by floral band and geometric border. We love it as a beautiful antique trinket box to hold all your treasure or decorative storage for mundane objects. Perfect for your desk or vanity.
This petite blue and white porcelain box is made in the style of boxes that held the ink used by a Qing-dynasty scholar or official to mark his works with a personalized seal.
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In very good vintage condition has some mild yellow staining.
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ORIGIN: marked made in China, purchased from an Estate sale in Kennebunkport Maine
CIRCA: mid 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY:In China Calligraphy is a fine art which surpasses painting, sculpture, ceramics, poetry. Its importance deeply rooted in Chinese history and culture. In its distinctive Chinese form, calligraphy offers an important channel for the appreciation of traditional culture and for arts education. It is also a source of pride and pleasure for the Chinese people and embodies important aspects of the country's intellectual and artistic heritage.
Historically Scholar-officials were the elite class of imperial China. They were highly educated, especially in literature and the arts, including Calligraphy and Confucian texts. For a millennia they dominated the government administration and local life of China.
The Four Treasures of the Scholar Known as the four jewels of the study are Brush, Ink, Paper, Inkstone. The individual treasures have a "treasured" form, each being produced in certain areas of China as a specialty for those scholars who would use them. Classical scholars had more than just the Four treasures in their studies. The other "Treasures" include the brush-holder (笔架), brush-hanger (笔挂), paperweights (镇纸), the brush-rinsing pot (笔洗), and the seal (圖章) and seal-ink (印泥).