Cloisonne pomegranate box should bear fruit at Dreweatts, May 17-18

Ming dynasty-era cloisonne pomegranate box and cover, estimated at £6,000-£10,000.
Ming dynasty-era cloisonne pomegranate box and cover, estimated at £6,000-£10,000.
Ming dynasty-era cloisonne pomegranate box and cover, estimated at £6,000-£10,000.

NEWBURY, U.K. – An exceptionally rare Chinese cloisonne pomegranate box and cover from the Ming period, discovered in a dust-filled cabinet in the attic of a family home, where it had been stored and left untouched since the owner’s death in 1967, will be offered at Dreweatts Donnington Priory‘s Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. This important box bearing the incised six-character marks of Xuande, the fifth Emperor of the Ming dynasty (1426-1435), was nestled in a cabinet among other cloisonne pieces, and it was only on close inspection many years later that it was found. It is estimated at £6,000£10,000.

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