A rare cloisonné enamel box and cover

Cloisonné enamel box

CCE544

17th century
Diameter: 2 5/8 in, 6.7 cm

supported on a recessed foot ring and of circular form with steeply flaring sides. The shallow-domed cover is decorated in coloured enamels on a turquoise ground with a chilong and a peony that issues from a pierced rock. The sides of the box and cover are each decorated with a band of simplified lotus scroll. The rims and base are gilt.

A smaller box and cover decorated with two similar chi dragons, dated early Qing, is illustrated in Palace Museum, Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels, Vol. 2, no. 82, p 108.