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Original Chinese Huxian Folk Painting

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Chinese: Pre 1990   item# 1248968 (stock# 03-90)

Original Chinese Huxian Folk Painting
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The vibrant colors in this original Chinese folk painting celebrate two beloved symbols— lotus, emblem of summer and fruitfulness, and ducks, emblems of felicity and joy. Used for centuries across Asia, these symbols are among those found in ancient Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu texts as well as in both antique and contemporary fine art and folk art. This large gouache on paper painting originated in Huxian County, a rural area in Shaanxi Province, where the first Chinese peasant painting communi ...click for details


Contemporary Thai Three-Panel Buddha

Catalogue: Gifts & Home Decor: Decorative Art: Woodwork: Contemporary   item# 1233871 (stock# 11-34)

Contemporary Thai Three-Panel Buddha
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This nicely contoured Buddha face, carved in three separate wood panels, is from North Thailand. We add this contemporary Buddha to our collection, which over several decades has included only antique and vintage Buddha images, because it is an interesting interpretation of an ancient form. While features of Buddha representations varied from period to period and region to region down through the centuries, this contemporary piece recasts the traditional into sleek and striking. It is purely ...click for details


Chinese Cracked Ice Fretwork Architectural Panel

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1960   item# 1102247 (stock# 12-80)

Chinese Cracked Ice Fretwork Architectural Panel
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A large wood hexagon panel in the Chinese fretwork pattern known as “cracked ice” or “broken glass” has a light, airy look despite measuring nearly 32 inches (81 cm) in diameter. The piece is centered with a round carving of two birds in a flowering tree. Used as wall art, such fretwork brings texture and interest and makes a space appear larger. We have sold many versions of this fretwork pattern in round, hexagon, octagon, square and rectangle frames over the years, many of them antiques ori ...click for details


Uzbek Kilim Camel Bag

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Textiles: Pre 1920   item# 1014401 (stock# 14-83)

Uzbek Kilim Camel Bag
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Flatwoven Kilim bags such as this one were used centuries ago by the nomadic Turkic tribes of Central Asia. The bags were made in various shapes and sizes to hold everything from salt to liquids to household goods. Woven of a combination of camel hair and wool, this bag is from the Uzbek people. The weaving is spectacular—tight enough to hold water—with a clean, intricate pattern inside six horizontal bands. Called “ jabors” or ” juvals,” rectangular bags in this size were tied to the sides of ...click for details


Pair Embroidered Silk Cutwork Qing Panels Framed

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1900   item# 970886 (stock# 41-66)

Pair Embroidered Silk Cutwork Qing Panels Framed
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Two finely embroidered silk cutwork panels from 19th century China are framed to create this dramatic pair showcasing Qing Dynasty textile techniques. Four layers of silk are deftly constructed into a dramatic design given depth through the skillful use of cutwork. Red silk embroidered with vases, flowers and butterflies delicately couched in silver thread centers each panel. Black silk overlays the red on the sides and bottom, where intricate cutwork forms the Chinese character for good fortun ...click for details


Round Panel Carved with Chinese Opera Scene

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Architectural Elements: Pre 1900   item# 941725 (stock# 35-92)

Round Panel Carved with Chinese Opera Scene
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Chinese opera characters are carved in relief on this late 19th century wood roundel. The central character strokes his beard and looks pleased; the figure on the right thrusts his drinking cup aloft. In the background, a barefoot servant runs off holding a small scroll. A bat, Chinese emblem of good fortune, is carved into the base of the piece. While the two main characters on the roundel are in excellent condition, the figure of the running servant is inexplicably worn on the face (see photo ...click for details


Samarkand Wall Terracotta Dragon with Two Heads

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Pre 1980   item# 940023 (stock# 23-98)

Samarkand Wall Terracotta Dragon with Two Heads
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This two-headed terracotta dragon is a replica of dragons that topped walls surrounding the ancient Central Asian city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Samarkand wall and its dragons, though long gone, seem to occupy a place in the collective memories of the polyglot population of present-day Uzbekistan. This piece was made by a Tajik artisan who lives near Samarkand, and is a small representation of the long, rich and often perplexing history of Central Asia. Neither the artisan nor anyone else w ...click for details


Round Architectural Panel Chinese Cracked Ice Fretwork

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1980   item# 933215 (stock# 60-93)

Round Architectural Panel Chinese Cracked Ice Fretwork
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A large 42-inch diameter architectural window panel is constructed with the striking Chinese fretwork pattern called “cracked ice” or “broken glass.” The openwork gives this intricately fitted elm wood piece a light and airy look. Centering the fretwork is a pierced carving of a seated woman holding a fan. She is surrounded by a garden of finely carved trees and rocks set against a carved key design background. This circular garden scene is bordered with scrolling and, at the top, two bats, s ...click for details


Wall Art Folk Carvings with Javanese Village Scenes

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1920   item# 893819 (stock# 17-53)

Wall Art Folk Carvings with Javanese Village Scenes
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Tropical scenes from a Javanese village are carved in teak wood in long, low formats making them suitable for hanging in shallow spaces above windows, doors or the like. One of the pair shows a festival, with a large gong and children playing. In the other carving, two horses are very reluctantly pulling a cart in a family going to market scene. These pieces are lighthearted and charming, with spirit, movement and rustic appeal. From the early 20th century, they are in excellent condition. Dimen ...click for details


Two Relief Carved Wood Flower Panels

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Architectural Elements: Pre 1900   item# 892964 (stock# 54-71)

Two Relief Carved Wood Flower Panels
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Two rectangular wood panels from late 19th century China are hand carved with vases, flowers and graceful trailing foliage in deep relief, each carving set within a cartouche and showcased with gilding applied over dark pomegranate red. These panels once were part of an interior window or door or perhaps integrated into a large piece of furniture. Such panels are often referred to as “temple carvings” because some of them were part of Buddhist temple architecture, rescued as China’s old buildin ...click for details


Carved Teak Roof Ornament from North Thailand

Catalogue: Gifts & Home Decor: Decorative Accessories: Contemporary   item# 891495 (stock# 57-79)

Carved Teak Roof Ornament from North Thailand
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The gaelae roof ornament of the Thai Lanna people is an exotic North Thailand sight when seen silhouetted against the sky. Gaelae (also galae) originally were extensions of roof beams crossed in V-shape at the ends of steep peaked roofs on Thai Lanna structures. More recently they are made as separate carvings and attached to the roof peaks. Explanations about the origins of these unusual pieces vary; one is that they were meant to discourage large birds from landing on the roofs, and so they s ...click for details


Japanese Indigo Two Cranes Batik Panel

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Pre 2000   item# 846621 (stock# 42-89)

Japanese Indigo Two Cranes Batik Panel
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Two splendid cranes with outstretched wings form the strong art deco-like design on this large Japanese blue indigo batik cotton panel. The white cranes stand in stark contrast to the deep indigo background. Indigo veining runs throughout the birds in this contemporary piece from the early 1990s. Important emblems in Japan, cranes symbolize fidelity and longevity. This large 40-inch (102 cm) square panel is in perfect condition.


Thai Lanna Carved Teak Roof Ornament

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Thai: Pre 2000   item# 832718 (stock# 57-81)

Thai Lanna Carved Teak Roof Ornament
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This soaring form, called a gaelae (galae), is seen in Northern Thailand on the peaked rooftops of houses and other structures built by the Thai Lanna people. On old buildings gaelae are extensions of the ends of roof beams crossed to form a V-shape. On newer houses they usually are separate carvings such as this one and are attached to the peaks of the steep roofs after the basic structure is completed. As to their original use, the most commonly heard explanation is that they were meant to di ...click for details


Handmade Ceramic Tiles Picturing Playful Dragons

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1980   item# 795320 (stock# 55-82)

Handmade Ceramic Tiles Picturing Playful Dragons
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Six vintage Chinese handmade ceramic tiles fit together to form dragons playing with a round flaming object that represents in traditional Chinese art a flaming pearl or the sun. The Chinese dragon is a beneficent creature. When shown with a horn, as the dragon on the left, it lives in the sky; hornless, as the dragon on right, it lives in the sea. (A third category, the dragon of the mountains, is identified by a body covered with scales.) There is a long history in China of making tiles that a ...click for details


Large Carved Teak Naga with Kinnari

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1900   item# 789412 (stock# 12-93)

Large Carved Teak Naga with Kinnari
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A sinuous carved teakwood naga, nearly three feet in length, carries a half bird, half man kinnari braced in front of its long curved naga neck like a ship's figurehead. This late 19th century folk carving, resplendent with symbolism, once graced the front of a Burmese bullock cart. A primary means of family transportation in old Burma, wood bullock carts were customized with carved iconic figures meant to ensure the well being of family members. This naga carries figures representing the fa ...click for details

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