1890 Qing Chinese Cloisonne Enamel On Silver 艺妓 Lady Figurine & Basket Flowers For Sale

Rareantique glass enamel-on-silver figurine of a Chinese beauty carrying a basket of flowers, late 1800s or early 1900s. Excellent condition.

This is a completelywonderful figurine of a Chinese courtesan orYi Ji 艺妓 dressed in all her finery 'embroidered' with colored glass flowers and brocade.The decorationis a mixture of cloisonné enamel and intaglio enamel created by inlaying the glass into recessed shapes in the foundation. She carries an equally wonderful basket of flowers, intricately constructed of silver wire, each leaf and petal minutely enameled like a piece of jewelry. She even has little floral earrings, also enameled, that match those in the basket. The figurine is hollow and her head removes. She sits on a custom made carved wood stand, the lower section of which is a beautifully modeled band of leaves.

New to the market from a local estate here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This listing closes on Tuesday night (US Eastern time).

Marks: No maker’s mark.

Date: 1890 - 1910.

Condition: Generally in excellent condition with no distracting damage or repairs. Because of its great age there are one or two minor spots of missing enamel, particularly on the flowers in the basket, and some dust dirt and oxidation from the silver which could be made to go away by someone better at cleaning this sort of thing than I am. I have not tampered with it, other than to wipe away the dust, as the way it is shows the charm of authenticity. There are one or two wires missing from the fringe on the basket and the fringe has pulled away a little in two places but is quite stable. Please refer to the photos for cosmetic condition. The figure has been wired to the wooden stand. I shone a flashlight inside and was able to see that the base is constructed with an aperture of three overlapping coin shapes, like a clover leaf, theoutlines of which are cut away to form a tracery pattern to which the wires are attached. There is at least one glue repair to the wooden base, neatly done, and which does not show from above.

Size: Total height including the stand is11.5 inches (29.1 cm). Height of figure on its own is just short of 10 inches (25 cm). The totalweight is 20.5 ounces (586 g).

Packing & Shipping: I pack all my items with the utmost care and in a way which, if I were the buyer, I would want to receive them myself. I havethirteen years’ experience packing and shipping delicate items always carefully protected and firmly padded to prevent looseness and movement. Just a quick glance at my response should set your mind at rest, as many buyers are kind enough to mention how pleased they were with the way their item was packed. So feel free to offer with assurance, and of course I stand by my guarantee to accept returns as per the conditions set out in my Return Policy.

There are no hidden extra charges.

You pay the sale price plus actual shipping as shown in the shipping calculator.

There are no handling charges.

I will gladly combine shipping for multiple purchases . Buyer pays shipping on highest item, all others shipped free!

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1890 Qing Chinese Cloisonne Enamel On Silver 艺妓 Lady Figurine & Basket Flowers:
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