A remarkably pretty unused Japanese mid-century powder compact adorned with silver gilt swans and scenery. Powder pans 59 - 68 mm diameter will fit this compact. The style of adornment is known as Chokin. This technique involves yellow, rose and pink gold as well as silver. As you can see the lid is striking. Two beautiful swans etched in silver with yellow gold beaks glide through the silver water. As they move, golden ripples form on the pond. The textured scene is framed by gold foliage at the bottom and pink gold blossoms which hang from silver branches. The compact is absolutely beautiful, as it has been stored in the original brown felt pouch which has been kept in the original box. The mirror gives an excellent clear reflection. The original silk topped puff, spacer rings, white velour edged sifter are present. The interior case is lined with pristine pearlised paper. The brass is protected with a layer of lacquer and so it will not tarnish or need to be cleaned. The golden base is smooth with a spiral which is so subtle and fine that this area is ideal for engraving. All clasps and hinges work perfectly. Measures 3" and weighs 69.6 grams.
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