Antique Chinese Silver Plated Box, Circa 1900. Lovely antique Chinese box made of silver plated metal in the early 20th century (circa 1900). This is a delicate and highly decorative piece which is in good condition though showing the logical signs of the trace of time. The hinges that connect the lid and the box are well preserved, surprisingly enough if we consider their fragility and old age. The metal box is plated with a silvery finish, both inside and out. Outside this finish is somewhat worn and lets us see the copper tone of the surface. Nevertheless, this only embellishes the object and provides it with an antique and charming look. The boxs lid bears a beautiful and typically Chinese decoration, with two big embossed ideograms and an impressive imperial dragon squirming between them. The beast shows its open jaws in a fierce expression, and is grabbing the ideograms with its claws as if it were holding to them. The dragons body is covered with scales and in some places seaweeds have got wound around it. The background is decorated with a fine pattern of tiny dots which cover the whole surface. The sides of the box are also decorated with vegetal-inspired embossed motives. All of them are embellished with a series of flowers and plants that grow on the ground. The flowers are lilies and the leaves that accompany them are lily leaves. These motives are disposed in a continuous pattern al around the box, as if they were part of a flowery field growing on the base of the box. The plants are engraved and modeled in detail and they make up a nice decoration that complements with its delicacy the dramatic quality of the dragon of the lid. This fine metal box can be the perfect accessory for a dressing table or a shelf. Thanks to its ancient age and exoticism it will surely stand out in the best display of decorative pieces. Measurements: Width: 118 mm. Height: 50mm (lid closed) 110 mm (lid open). I think I left nothing in the description but if I forgot something, I’ll be glad to answer any questions. We are professional antique dealers. Thanks for trusting me and enjoy! Enjoy my articles and I hope we keep in touch. Best wishes from Spain. Our work is not complete until you receive your item safely in your home. We certify that our products are 100% originals. We certify that the description and dating of the article that we give is 100% accurate. This article will be perfectly packed so that it arrives in excellent condition. We pay full attention that you receive your article perfectly. We treat the article as if it were going to be sent to ourselves. WE GUARANTEE YOUR ACQUISITION. Many collectors have became millionairs. If you are starting a collection, follow these important tips. If you want to invest in antiques, always choose original pieces and avoid reproductions. A reproduction loses half of its value in the same minute that you are purchasing it, while an original antique gains value each passing day. This is an original antique and its value will continue growing tomorrow. Read and learn about for area of interest: swords, clocks, phonographs, antique photos, old silver, technical antiques, typewriters… Invest in books as much as in your collection and learn as much as you can. If you keep your collecction catalogued, you will increase its value. Keep yourself informed about the market prices in your area of interest. Collect antiques, not junk. It is always better a small collection with excellent pieces than a huge collection of junk, rusty irons and broken machines. There is not a goal to reach, so take the pleasure in in the process of your treasure hunting. A collection should be something to enjoy, and there is many interesting pieces out there and very few time to enjoy them, so be selective with your choices. If you follow these simple steps you will be in the correct direction to develop an excellent collection, whatever is your area of interest and, for me the most important of all, enjoying the process. Meanwhile, we are in touch. The item “Antique Chinese Silver Plated Box, Circa 1900″ is in sale since Wednesday, October 10, 2012. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes”. The seller is “iberantiques” and is located in Zaragoza. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Type: Boxes
- Primary Material: Silver
- Age: 1900-1940
- Region of Origin: China
- Original/Reproduction: Original