Chinese export sander, Kangxi
A good quality Chinese export sander with a saucer-shaped top, decorated in underglaze blue of a good rich colour, and dating from the Kangxi period c1700-1720. The side is decorated with a band of precious objects, and the pierced top and foot are decorated with floral sprays. Height 6.3cm (2.5") diameter 8.2cm (3.2”)
A sander was a European desk accessory. It would have been filled with fine sand and once a letter had been wrtten the sander would be used to sprinkle sand over the letter to dry the ink.
Dating: Kangxi c1700-1720
This sander is in excellent condition. There is a small amount of glaze fritting at the rim, and one small area of production roughness to the foot. There are a few discoloured glaze pinholes. No chips, cracks or restoration. Please see images.