I collected Chinese cloisonne boxes for many years and this is one of the largest boxes I ever found. The design is also quite unusual. There are sections of the melon that run end to end and are decorated in vines, fruit blossoms and small melons in greens, yellows, blues, pink and gold.
The gold wires show beautifully in the design of the melon. There is a round yellow circle on each end that represents where the vine had been connected to the fruit. The box is divided almost evenly in the center to form the top and the bottom. I believe the box is from the Republic period (1912 - 1949). The old melon cloisonne box is very substantial and weighs 2.95 pounds.
The melon sits firmly on a decorated, flat bottom on the bottom half of the box. The inside of the box is finished in blue enamel. The melon box is in excellent vintage condition with no damage or repairs.The lid fits nicely on the box (in one direction only). The metal has a little tarnish but doesn't show much on the box. There is minor pitting and perhaps tiny bits of enamel loss as is common with older cloisonne. The stand is in very good vintage condition with some surface scratches and marks on the finish. The melon box needs a nice, big stand for display and this stand works well. Height at highest point: 4 3/4. Width across the center: 5 1/2. Length (end to end): 8. This lovely old Chinese cloisonne melon box is a substantial size, beautiful and rare. It is a wonderful work of Chinese art that you will cherish for years to come. A great addition to a collection of Asian art or a collection of boxes. 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. Please examine the photos to assess the condition for yourself. Other items shown in the photos are for display purposes only. The item "RARE Large 2.95 Pounds Fine Republic Chinese Melon Gourd Cloisonne Box Stand" is in sale since Saturday, April 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes". The seller is "wilderness03" and is located in Deerfield, Virginia.
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