This is a Chinese Peking art glass box, made of white Peking glass that is the Chinese equivalent of French white opaline glass. The date is circa 1900 - 1910.
The box is 2 ¾” high, and the sides are 3 ¼”.
The lid and the front of the box have detailed lotus blossoms, leaves and stems etched into the glass. The sides and back are not etched.
The metal mounts are hand enameled with flowers and leaves, including the feet, and in vibrant colors. The metal appears to be bronze, or perhaps copper, or a base metal that was colored to look like bronze or copper.
The top has a few nicks in it that appear to be from the etching process; these nicks do not show in the photos as they are too small and it is white-on-white.
The left side upper right corner of the bottom has an indentation in the glass that appears to be part of the glassmaking process, how the box was made as the indentation is mostly smooth, and not rough like a chip; this indentation does not show in the photos either as it is white-on-white.
The bottom underside is stamped China in the metal. There is some original glue or color residue under the metal on the underside.
The bottom is smooth and flat.
The back hinge appears a bit odd, part of it looks like copper and part of it looks like another metal, so perhaps it was repaired at one time. Do note the two flowers of what looks like copper metal at the ends of the long hinge.
The box shuts firmly.
This is really a beautiful piece. I’ve only had a few pieces of Peking glass to sell during the years I’ve been in this business; Peking glass is difficult to find in my region of the United States. I really love the quality of antique Peking glass.
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