REF No. 6593
chinese painted enamel on copper box for the islamic market
Qianlong period 1736-96
Length: 7 x 5 x 4 inches; 18 x 12.5 x 10 cm
A Chinese painted enamel box of rectangular form, richly decorated with swirling foliage to all sides and top, a circular clasp to the front.
This rare box is intended for the Islamic market and copies patterns found in middle eastern textiles and ceramics of the period and earlier. In particular the colouring and stylised flowers are reminiscent of Isnik pottery tile designs.
The clasp is of a type found on many items of Chinese furniture.