Vintage Chinese Reticulated Blue & White Cricket Cage or Miniature Vase

$65.00 AUD
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This is a curious yet charming porcelain vase. 'Cricket cages' were apparently once used to keep crickets inside as pets to hear them sing! I have no idea how that worked, how they stayed inside the pots with no lids, or anything else really!

As far as my research suggests, this is Chinese made for the export market. I'm not sure what the markings on the bottom translate to, my Googling wasn't definitive.

Another seller in the UK has posted an almost identical one and dated it to the 1940s, which sounds about right. Excellent used condition showing signs of age and wear but no real damage.

Google "antique blue and white cricket cage" and you'll see very similar examples.

Please review photos carefully as they form part of the description.

Styling suggestions: perfect for a mantle filled with faux millinery botanicals as I've done here (not included), or simple branches, or a tealight candle (the light / pattern play created is delightful!).

I have other complementary pieces - reach out to me directly if you are interested in purchasing additional pieces and I will ensure you get the best price.