Wow! This heavy silver and enamel (cloisonne) set consists of a tray, 2 covered condiment bowls with lids and 2 spoons. The bowls are double-handled and footed. The feet, lid finials, and handles have chased design work on them.
The enamel work is in the most stunning shades of pastel pinks, lavenders, and blues - with just a dash of yellow, green, and dark red berries! All colors are shaded almost to white! The background color is aqua. That means that there are SIX COLORS, each of which is shaded (except the red) - truly a masterpiece of enamel work.
As you can see from the hallmark on the bottom, the silver content is 99% (out of 1000) which makes it better than sterling which is only 92.5%! Nearly pure! And, to top it off, this set comes with its original yellow brocade covered presentation box. All is in MINT condition.
The sewn in label in the box identifies the set as having been sold through the Korea Cloisonne Art Co. The 7 pieces weigh 1 lb. 12 ounces.
The tray measures approx. 9 1/2" X 5 1/2". Each condiment is approx. 4 1/4" high (to top of lid) and 5" from handle to handle. The one thing I am not sure of is the exact age. Pre-Korean war so before 1950s - thus about at least 60 years old.
For some reason unknown to me, these types of sets rarely show up in the United States - at least not in my region of South Florida. Gorgeous and presentation perfect condition for gift giving!
Here are some terms and definitions I recently found to describe the type of enamel work found on these pieces, "The exceptional enamel techniques are referred to in Japanese as moriage-jippo (piled-up enameling), zogan-jippo (champleve enamel), tomei-jippo (translucent enamel over decorative ground), and gindai-jippo (enamel on solid silver)."
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