This charming handmade piece is a beautiful example of vintage upcycling.
Significant popularity of porcelain shard trinket boxes during the 20th-century comes from the turbulent period of the Chinese Revolution (1966 - 1976) where there was a cultural shunning of excess and rejection of old customs. Keeping antique or fine porcelain at home was considered illegal and many collectors would destroy and throw away their pieces.
However, there were those who felt the distress from the cultural destruction and sought to salvage the broken porcelain at the end of the period. The salvagers wanted to bring new life to the collected shards and one new lease of life was transforming the shards into these trinket boxes.
The porcelain shard of this particular piece bears a stylised cloud pattern that is embedded into the silver-plated alloy. The body of the box is decorated with rings of dots and stylised plum-blossoms.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, dents or repairs. There is mild wear to the silver-plating, particularly on the underside of the base, which is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height: c. 1.2" / 3 cm and c. 1.5" / 3.8 cm width (across bodys widest point) x c. 1.6" / 4 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 920 g / 0.9 kg.
Trinket box will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.