Antique Chinese Canton Enamel on Copper Quad-Lobe Shaped Trinket Box - Family Sitting Under a Tree
Description: A beautiful antique, hand painted, Canton enamel on copper Chinese box. This nice size quad-lobe box is a two part box with half being the lid and the other being the bottom. The top has a colorful scene of a family (father mother and son) sitting under a tree out in the open. The father and mother are sitting next to each other on the ground while the son is sitting across from them on a rock. standing in a garden. There are mountains and vegetation in the background and the ground is green suggesting grass. This hand painted scene is very well executed and shows great details of the people and the natural surroundings. The scene is surrounded by a thin light blue colored frame. The sides the box have a red and green floral design on a blue colored background. The bottom half has a slightly recessed base that is colored in white as is the inside of the box which is also white and undecorated. Just a great box worthy of a spot in your collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely from the 1800's.
Size: Measures ~4” in by ~3 1/8" and is ~2 1/8" high with the lid closed. The box weighs about 4.6 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a nice quality antique box, which deserves a spot in your Chinese box collection.
Condition: Box is in relatively good condition with no cracks, breaks, hairlines, loss of color, loss of enamel on the exterior, or repairs. There is several spots where the enamel in the interior (both top and bottom portions) as well as the enamel of the base is lost, which can be seen in the photos. In addition the interior and the base has lines of glaze cracks that start at the spots where the enamel has been lost, most likely because the piece was hit with a blunt object which resulted in the enamel being lost and the cracks being formed. The edge on the bottom portion of the box, on which the top lid fits, is bent inwards but is still intact. Finally, the box has some areas of crazing of the enamel on the exterior, which can be seen in the photos. Be that as it may, the piece is still great looking and worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see the photos for additional condition information.