First time offered anywhere, this fantastic Chinese jade and enamel bird figurine just came out of an old Florida estate. This is a good-sized piece, showing off superb workmanship and attention to detail.
The figurine measures 7 1/4 inches across by 6 1/2 inches high and about 2 1/2 inches wide. It weighs 3 pounds so it's quite hefty.
The bird is enameled in black with some white on the tail feather. Brass wire work defines the feathers. Stamped brass feet are gilded as is the snake that has the bird's attention. The snake and the foliage it circles is also enameled.
Both bird and snake are affixed to a solid base of carved nephrite jade. The jade is a natural mix of greens and browns.
We see a couple of minor flaws that are not very noticeable but need mentioning for accuracy. The top of the bird appears to have two spots (one on each side) that have been touched up with black enamel paint where there's a negligible indent. We never noticed this at all till now, looking through a magnifier and noticing the light reflection on it. The other flaw is at the tail where it meets the body. It appears to have a slight bend there and a bit of the enameling is nicked. The way the bird is attached to the base allows it to move side to side a bit. It's firmly attached to the base but should not be lifted up by the bird. The jade base is solid with only a fleabite or two at the very bottom edge.
This figurine is circa 1950s/60s. It displays very impressively and the look of curiosity on the bird is priceless.
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