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 foliage. The backgound is a wonderful, vibrant deep chocolate brown and cobalt with gilding on the handles and neck. From a distance, the brown background color appears to be blue. 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, a wonderful counterpoint to the rest. Very stunning! The coralene decoration gives added dimension, and is extremely well done! This piece truly sparkles in the sun. It has a very minor chip on the back of one handle which can be easily repaired. 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 Cobalt Item BOX55.
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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