Antique Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Trinket Box With Ruffled Edge, Cranes & Interior Scene, Guangxu Reign Mark

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Interesting and unusual old Chinese porcelain 'trinket' box with a ruffled edge.

Painted with scenes in underglaze blue over a white greyish background. The top with a lively scene portraying a pair of cranes engaged in a courtship ritual, and a similar scene hidden inside the box.  Auspicious peaches decorate the top edges.  The sacred tree of immortality is a peach tree. In Chinese Taoist mythology, the peach of immortality grew in the gardens of Hsi wang mu (Chinese: 西王母; pinyin: Xīwángmǔ; “Queen Mother of the West”). When the fruit ripened every 3,000 years, this was celebrated by a sumptuous banquet attended by the “Eight Immortals”.

Marked on the underside with the 4-character Guangxu reign mark painted in underglaze blue.
1st quarter 20th Century, possibly Guangxu period.
Excellent condition.
3 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 2 1/8" high.
0.5 pounds.

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