As these types of boxes go, this represents the pinnacle of its form. This was probably a cigarette box, as it is lined with wood, however it is so wonderful and elaborate it could serve a variety of functions. Remarkably, the enamels, in shades of blue and purple, are almost completely intact, so rare for these boxes. On the box we see cavorting about a squirrel with very large eyes, possibly a flying squirrel' some species of which are native to China. In Chinese symbolism, the squirrel can be seen as industrious; if you dream of a squirrel it means you hard work will be rewarded. This box dates to about 1900 and as we've said is in remarkable condition. Plus, it is simply beautiful! Measures 6 1/2" X 3 3/4" X 2 1/4". An excellent example!
An Exquisite Antique Chinese Silvered Enamel Box
$228 $328 SALE