Rare Chinese Silver, Enamel, and Jade Figural Salt or Condiment Set with Roosters
This duo consists of two enamel and silver rooster topped figural table items. One is slightly larger than the other. That one has a slotted top which, in America, would be a mustard jar, but I am not 100% sure what its purpose is - the slot is very small and would hardly fit a spoon but it must have done so. The other is slightly smaller and is not slotted. Both are completely lined in silver.
The rounded bodies are of jade that varies in color from almost white to green. The bases have a band of cobalt blue between the base and the body and the base picks up the same enamel pattern as the tops. The way the roosters are fashioned, they are very 3-dimensional (2 part bodies and wings that add another layer).
The taller one is only taller by about 1/16" and about the same difference in the diameter of the top so one lid does not fit on the other bottom - tailor made in other words. They measure approx. 1 3/4" tall by 1 1/4" in diameter across the widest point in the body.
They are both in good antique (or near-antique as they are approximately 93-123 years old) condition. Internal lines are visible in the jade and as you will see in the last photo, there is a dark green spot on one of them that might or might not be an indication of a repair of some kind. It is doubtful these were ever used but rather were always revered and kept on display. Simply charming!
Item ID: twt2033
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