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Asian Antiques1581 of 3938Vase Art Nouveau!? Asian, need help with hallmark! beautiful! 11 inches 2+ lbs.Asian Mask Pair with Chipped Gold Leaf
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Posted 1 year ago


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I found this nice tray, then when googling for infos, I discover on CW a fantastic article with same tray:
This large 63x42.5 cm tray was in fairly good condition except lacking of two large pieces of mother of pearl.
So, I decided to try a repair with white air hardening modeling clay.
When hard, a patina was to do...
Best was obtain with make-up!!! Pearly eye shadow on nearly dry nail top coat, incised with old scalpel, blakened with eye liner.
Then a throughout brown shoe polish and that's done.
Very proud of my work and glad to be a girl for having these make-up material lol!
Now I'm searching some other inlaid items to restore, and my hubbie is worry about the invasion ;-))


  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Very clever, what a great idea, I love using modeling clay !
  2. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Thanks for your comment and love!
  3. Agram.m Agram.m, 1 year ago
    Wonderful restored!
  4. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Thanks Agram for all your kind comments on my posts!
  5. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    Really beautiful! I love mother of pearl items!
  6. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Thanks Don!
  7. shrine shrine, 1 year ago
    you are probably right about the origin -- indochina, but wrong about the age and usage. It's called scholar tray and existed hundred years before the introduction of opium. And Yes, it was once used as opium smoking accessory.
  8. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Thank you shrine for your precision!
  9. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Shrine, what about the age if 19th is wrong?
    More ancient or modern?
  10. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 months ago
    You have done a nice job, I can learn from you!
  11. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
    Thank you Agram for your wonderful comment, much appreciated :-))
  12. kyratango kyratango, 6 months ago
    Thank you lisa and Kivatinitz !

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