HONGZHI 1488 – 1505 or ZHENGDE 1506 – 1521. Ming Porcelain.

A Ming Blue and White Box, the Cover Matched , Hongzhi 1488 – 1505 or Zhengde 1506 – 1521 Period. Decorated with Scrolling Floral Designs. While the Cover is of a Different Design to the Base, it is of the Same Period, Both of Which Must have Come from a Shipwreck, Possibly the Lena Shoal Junk or Brunei Darussalam Wreck.


The cover is matched with the base, glaze degradation due to immersion in the sea.
Diameter : 13 cm (5 inches)
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Provincial Blue and White Ming Porcelain :
Pieces like the present Ming Porcelain example have traditionally been referred to as `Provincial Blue and White Porcelain` because the potting and painted appear as being some what rustic. Sometimes `provincial` pieces have a great strength and freedom that can be lacking in more refined objects. Recent research in China has shown that there was little Blue and White Porcelain produced outside the main kiln complex of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province. The exception might be Dehua in Fujian province but the Blue and White Porcelain production from those kilns is distinct from the kilns at Jingdezhen.