The quail is a symbol of courage in Chinese culture and often appears in Chinese art. The box is made in the shape of a quail with traditional Chinese motifs covering the quail all over. The quail box rests nicely on two bronze "bird's feet".
There are feathers in cloisonne on the head and the tail along with two wings on the sides. There are many colorful Chinese motifs in the design including stylized birds and a fierce dragon's head underneath. The beak and the eyes are made of bronze. The box is divided in two fairly even parts.The lid fits very nicely on the bottom of the box. The inside of the box is finished in blue enamel. The box is not marked but I believe it is vintage Republic (1912 - 1949).
The stand is a traditional style that looks quite elegant with the quail box. It is a Chinese wood carved stand with open work. The stand is in excellent condition. There is very little pitting as can be common with old cloisonné. I can find no enamel loss but there could be tiny bits.
The inside of the box is clean with no stains. There could be small surface scratches on the box. The metal parts of the box show some discoloration from age.
The lid fits nicely on the bottom of the box. There are no chips, dents, crack or dings.
The beautiful quail box is in excellent antique condition. Width at widest point: 4.
Height without stand at highest point: 5. The quail cloisonne box is very rare from my experience collecting Chinese cloisonne. It was made by a highly skilled Chinese artisan and is an object of great beauty. It will make a great addition to a collection of Asian arts & antiques.
The vintage quail box would also be a very special addition to a collection of boxes. The quail box & stand are in lovely gift-giving condition.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.
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