A Rare Late Qianlong Blue and White Porcelain Seal Box and Cover c.1770 -1785. The Square Form with an Inner Compartment For Seal-Paste, with Some Red Seal-Paste Still Inside. The Finely Painted Decoration Consists of an Extensive Riverside Landscape on the Top, the Sides are Alternating Between Flowers and Panels of Calligraphy.
Condition: Poor, large sections of the base base re-stuck.
Size: Width : 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm (5 x 5 inches)
Height : 7.8 cm (3 inches).
This rare object is decorated in a style found on many pieces of Chinese export porcelain during the late 18th century. However the function of this object, made for storing seals and seal-paste clearly show it was made for the Chinese. The use of large panels of calligraphy help to emphasise its origin as an object made for the Chinese scholar`s studio, or perhaps official or commercial use.