This urn is very beautiful and has a wonderful Japanese style design. The design has 2 butterflies and a stunning dragonfly on the body and lid. They flutter over bamboo branches and some other foliage. The backgound is a wonderful, vibrant deep cobalt blue with gilding on the handles and neck. The bodies of the butterflies and dragonfly are done in raised gold paste, really detailed, down to the very tiniest details of anatomy. The foliage is also done in gold, and platinum, the branches on the lid are in platinum, a wonderful counterpoint to the rest. Really stunning! This urn ranks far above some of the really refined pieces made in Japan during the MEIJI PERIOD. The coralene decoration gives added dimension, and is very well done! It truly sparkles in the sun. It is in superb estate condition, no cracks, scratches, chips. A very very small amount of bead loss. Colors are vibrant, and the gold work is totally intact. This is a really unique piece, very elegant piece. The photos do a far better job of describing it than I am able. Please see photos close up for condition.
Please see our companion piece in a chocolate brown and cobalt Item VAS165.
Backstamped: HB & Cie Choisy Le Roi ~ Impressed HB & Cie Y 309 ~ Stamped Brevete SGDG Paris which means "Patented SGDG" and stands for without government guarantees.
Measures: 11" H x 7" W
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