Two Chinese Cranes in Flight Enamel Tray - SOLD OUT



The Chinese red-crowned crane also known as the Manchurian crane (丹顶鹤) are among the rarest cranes in the world. They are commonly used in Chinese paintings as a symbol of luck, longevity, wisdom and fidelity. The usage of a pair of cranes here represents a wish for a long married life. 

Shape: Round, flat tray
Colour: Pink and white
Dimensions: 30cm (diameter) x 3.0cm (depth)
Year: 1973
Quantity: Only 1 available
Condition: Used, minimal blemishes


Enamel products used to play an important role in the daily life of the Chinese people. For decades since the 1920s to the early 1980s enamel products were used by every household from wash basins to cups, lampshades, spitting pots, serving trays, pot and pans and even the humble rice bowl.

They became the perfect instrument for spreading political propaganda such which gives some enamel products an obvious imprint of the times and historical period. Not all enamel products carried these messages, many simply using illustrations of flowers, birds, scenery and sports as decorative patterns.

Entering the 21st century, enamel products have almost completely disappeared from the Chinese way of life, no longer a daily necessity but only as a cultural symbol, preserved in the collective memories of people who used to depend on them for daily tasks. The continuous improvement of China’s industrial and manufacturing sector has contributed to this decline, as have the influx of cheap porcelain goods and metal products.

Buyer Information:

Each vintage piece sold by The Great Indoors has been carefully handpicked and may carry its own characteristic set of blemishes after having endured the passage of time.

The availability of these vintage pieces are extremely limited and we hope you will care for them as much as we have.


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