It is a beautiful wish for someone when given as a gift. One fruit is a pomegranate which is the symbol for fertility. The center fruit is a peach which is the symbol of longevity.
The other fruit is a citron which is a symbol of happiness. The opening for the water is at the top of one fruits.There is a small metal area at the bottom of the fruit (looks gilded to me but I can't be certain) in the form of a branch or stump. This stump has a small hole at the top were the artist could place the brush in the water or perhaps it held the brush. The flat underneath of the cloisonné is made of metal. There is great detail on the fruit with all sorts of designs in the cloisonné.
The colors are absolutely wonderful and so appealing to the eye. I've tried to capture most of the designs and colors in the cloisonne in the photos. So please be sure to look at the photos! He sleek and classic design of the old Chinese stand is great for displaying the brush washer.
There is an old paper label underneath that reads "Made in China". It is in excellent vintage condition with no damage and no repairs.There could be some minor pitting as is common with cloisonned of this age. The metal on the bottom is tarnished but could be polished nicely. The piece has some surface scratches from normal use. There are no dents, dings, repairs or loss of enamel.
There are some surface scratches on the carved wood stand and a little paint loss from expected use. The collectible vintage stand is not original to the brush washer but works very well for display. Length (end to end): 5 1/2. Depth (front to back): 3 1/2.Display area: 6 1/4" x 4 1/8". This rare old Chinese cloisonne brush washer is exquisite. The symbology of the Three Abundances is important in Chinese culture and has great meaning. Don't miss an opportunity to add this superb cloisonne brush washer & stand to your Asian art collection.
A rare find for the collector from old China. Please note: We make every effort to accurately describe all items offered for sale. We encourage you to use your own judgment and expert advice for dating and valuing items. Examine the photos as they are part of the description.We cannot make any guarantees as to the actual age of any items offered for sale, as opinions are known to vary from one expert to another. I do not charge for packing materials. Please examine the photos to assess the condition for yourself. Other items shown in the photos are for display purposes only. The item "Very Fine & RARE Old Chinese Three Abundances Cloisonne Brush Washer Stand" is in sale since Saturday, April 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Brush Washers". The seller is "wilderness03" and is located in Deerfield, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.