Tiny cloisonné vase just 1 inch tall as the first Photo reveals and decorated with flowers and the popular Oriental cloud motif (see all Photos). There are no maker’s marks, assay marks or artist’s logo (see Photos 5 and 6). In all likelihood, however this is a Chinese miniature cloisonne vase dating from the mid to late 1900s, or possibly even slightly older. The workmanship is modest especially given its very small size. There are five enamel colors in addition to the overall yellow ground that include ox-blood red, forest green, snowy white, lapis lazuli deep blue, as well as a turquoise blue. Turquoise blue is also used to coat the interior of vase (see Photo 4) and then again to create beaded rim and beaded base borders (Photos 2 and 3).
The metal used to construct the main body of most cloisonne vessels in the last 200 years is typically either copper or copper alloy (frequently brass, or far less commonly cast bronze). In addition, most wire used to form the cloison cells is either brass or copper. But as the Photos illustrate and close physical inspection under magnification further reveals, the cloison wires on this vase are not brass or copper, but rather appear to be made of gold. Additionally, the rim and base also appear to be covered with gold rather than copper or brass. The word ‘appear’ is used intentionally since the metal content has not been formally tested and so this tiny vase is priced for its artistic merit and miniature size rather than any alleged gold content. And if the base and rim were composed of gold, the softness of the metal seems to suggest possibly either pure gold or a very high gold content (e.g., possibly 20K, 22K). However, no gold content has been verified or is meant to be expressed or implied, and instead this tiny vase’s metal composition remains unverified and unwarranted, and it is offered exclusively for its artistic merit and miniature size.
In summary, this small vase displays no evidence of oxidation or tarnishing of any of the metal areas exposed. Examination of the cloison wires under magnification also reveals no discoloration or tarnishing in crevices and fissures that is so often seen on aging copper and copper alloy materials. Gold, however does not tarnish over time and retains its original luster no matter how old. Whether there is a copper alloy main core or body under the yellow enamel exterior and turquoise blue coated interior is also not known or not determined. Before 1970, the price of gold was very low compared to today and its was set at $32 an ounce for many decades before it was allowed to float freely. In any event, this miniature vase is would make a nice addition to a miniature doll house collection and is sold without any warranty for its metal content. And as always, this toy vase also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below, it also must be returned in exactly the same condition as listed here with all security details intact).
SIZE & CONDITION: This tiny vase stands about 1 inch tall, has a maximum rim diameter of about 5/8 inches and sits on a flat base that has a diameter of about 1/2 inch. It is in good excellent condition with no major damage or deep chips and no stains, repairs or restorations. There is a small glaze fissure in one of the cloud cells that is not easily seen unless inspected up close. A pencil points to this minuscule size fissure in the very last photo (see Photo 9 where the very tip of pencil points to the glaze fissure). Of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this vase for a refund (see our complete return policy noted father below).
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RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques Ruby Lane listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if the buyer is unhappy with their purchase, then she/he may return it by sending the item back undamaged and post marked within fourteen days of original receipt for a refund (certain shipping costs are non-refundable). Items damaged by shipping in the US are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double pack, we will gladly help you file your insurance claim should it ever be necessary. Of course, never send an item back that has been damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.
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