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Porcelain with famille rose overglaze enamel decoration
Overall: 4 x 7.5 cm (1 9/16 x 2 15/16 in.)
Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.309
An auspicious lingzhi mushroom was painted on the base.
The painted decoration in this box cover provides an interesting image of the antiquities and objects being collected in the Chinese scholar’s desk—all of which are emblems of taste, status, and affluence. Connoisseurship, art cataloguing, art historical study, and elegant social gatherings developed alongside art collecting as part of the Chinese literati culture.
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