Description — Shown is a Chinese Black cloisonne’ hinged box with ball feet with intricate coiled fish scale pattern with Chinese symbol of Happiness on the lid. The piece is fully lined with cherry wood with a vaulted top. Fully trimmed in Brass to not only produce the intricate pattern but to edge the box. The bottom of the piece is in turquoise. Excellent condition. Dimensions: 2-1/2″h x 5-1/4″w x 3-5/8”d.
Additional Information —
Cloisonné is the technique of creating designs on metal vessels with colored-glass paste placed within enclosures made of copper or bronze wires, which have been bent or hammered into the desired pattern. Known as cloisons (French for “partitions”), the enclosures generally are either pasted or soldered onto the metal body. The glass paste, or enamel, is colored with metallic oxide and painted into the contained areas of the design. Enamels commonly shrink after firing, and the process is repeated several times to fill in the designs. Once this process is complete, the surface of the vessel is rubbed until the edges of the cloisons are visible. They are then finished with brass or gilding, often on the edges, in the interior, and on the base or feet.
Cloisonné objects were intended primarily for the furnishing of temples and palaces, because their intricate designs was considered appropriate to the function of these structures and well suited to a more restrained atmosphere, such as that of a scholar’s home and typically perched on a scholar’s desk to hold small items.
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