This very unusual six-sided cloisonné box is a treasure, with a beautifully detailed Ho-o (Phoenix) bird, which is considered an auspicious symbol. The box has turquoise, mustard, green blues and purple colors on the lid. There are chrysanthemum blossoms on the sides with an interesting vine motif. There is slight pitting on the top lid but not enough to cause concern, or detract from the enjoyment of the enamel work. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: 4”w x 3 ½”d x 1 ½”h (10.2cm x 8.9cm x 3.8cm).
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection