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Large Chinese Bone, Brass and Lacquer Utensil Trousse 19th C

Large Chinese Bone, Brass and Lacquer Utensil Trousse 19th C

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1900: Item # 1380355

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The case has an elaborate diamond pattern in multiple colors. This set was definitely used and was not for export or tourism.

An elaborate case that is covered with inlaid bone and green cloth or paper on a darker background, and covered with a shiny lacquer. This is an outer covering for a wooden insert which has holes for the utensils. There is a brass top lid and brass base with loops for an embroidered silk strap. The utensils comprise two sets of bone chop sticks with brass finials, two bone handled brass forks, a single bone handled spoon and wooden handled metal blade knife. The sides of the case have a key fret lined design. The case is fairly heavy with the brass finials and utensils. The base opens up along with the top. You can see the wood insert from both ends.

The utensils are definitely bone. You can see darkened dots and pits indicative of bone, feel a bit of texture (ivory is soft and very smooth), and it’s not as dense as ivory.

13 1/8” (33.3 cm) long x 2 ½” (6.4 cm) wide x 1 13/16” (4.6 cm) thick. Weighs 13.8 oz (390 g)

There is a dent on the base brass and the top of the brass lid has a gap between it and the sides. There are darker oxidization marks on the brass. There is wear to the outer decorative case. The wood handle of the knife has a break and is taped. One of the forks is missing the finial and the metal fork part has been soldered. The cloth cord is still in good shape with no unraveling. The case still looks good and bright. The set must be missing two small implements because there are two small vacant holes.

A Chinese artifact that was not for export. The case is a tour de force with so much intricacy. Now, go have a picnic.