Card cases decorated with enamel are rare. Most of those that come onto the market were made either in Russia by silversmiths such as Fabergé or Kuzmichev, or in France or Austria; very few originate from the Far East making this striking card case extremely rare.
The case is made of enamelled brass using a technique known as cloisonné. Using 13 different colours of vitreous enamel, it depicts two duelling dragons chasing a flaming pearl, a common theme in Chinese art; the reverse incorporates a monogram showing that it was made to order. The case measures 2.75 x 4.25” and was made in China in around 1880-1900.