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This exquisite Chinese trinket box is from the Republic Era, 1919-1945. It is unmarked.

The gilt copper box and lid have fine gilt wire work with polychrome enamels of flowers and scrolling leaves, reduced base with a decorative scalloped border, and the same border along the edges of the box and lid. The lid has a beautiful gilt finial and like decorations.

The cloisonné is partial, leaving the gilded parts of the metal to contrast with the vibrantly coloured motifs.The blue colour of the flowers is a soft indigo blue gradating to lilac. This contrasts with more recent, less detailed pieces. The inside and underside are a deep turquoise enamel.

The box measures 78 mm (3-1/16") in diameter and it's 75 mm (3") tall.
It is heavy for its size (211 g), a very unusual shape, and in excellent used condition with no chips. The only marks is a tiny scratch on the enamel on the inside of the box, visible on picture 1 on the left and a couple of marks on the finial, prior to gilding. It has not been cleaned.

It came from an estate sale at the manor house of empoverished glass industry millionnaires from Marinha Grande, in Portugal. The elderly owner said that his parents had travelled the world and brought back many souvenirs, and he remembers the box being in the house all his life, and seeing his mother "dusting it very carefully" when he was a boy. :)

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Reserved for Danielle -- Antique Cloisonne Chinese Trinket Box with Lid


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: copper, gilt, enamel
  • Ships worldwide from Portugal
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