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Qing Three-Tier Wood Wedding Basket

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1900   item# 1225911 (stock# 10-87)

Qing Three-Tier Wood Wedding Basket
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Hand painted flowers and foliage encircle the three tiers of this late 19th century Chinese wood wedding basket. This is an exceptionally sturdy and stable marriage basket which, along with its subtle faded paintings, make it especially suitable for use as an interesting side table. The storage areas inside each of the tiers are also in excellent condition. Originally used in China to hold wedding gifts for the newly married couple, such baskets were made in hundreds of designs and many sizes. ...click for details


Vintage Chinese Cloisonne Floor Urn

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Enamel: Pre 1960   item# 1222647 (stock# 24-24)

Vintage Chinese Cloisonne Floor Urn
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This vintage Chinese baluster cloisonné floor urn is a study in beautiful shades of blue—powder blue, through turquoise and violet to midnight blue—on a white background. The pattern of starburst flowers, scrolling foliage and leaves is exceptionally crisp due to the “cloisonner” process that defines each small area of enameled color within its own brass wire “cage.” The pattern is sparked with touches of cinnabar red. A three-inch band of the cloisonné pattern encircles the in ...click for details


Chinese Scholar Box with Carved Garden Scene

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1910   item# 1126165 (stock# 12-57)

Chinese Scholar Box with Carved Garden Scene
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This late Qing scholar’s box has a removable dark red and gold carved front panel that secures four drawers behind it. The intended interpretation of the gilded garden scene carving is a mystery: A man and woman appear to be observing or celebrating an object, possibly a manuscript, tied with a rope into a bundle that is suspended above them from an overhanging flowering branch. It is interesting to speculate that perhaps the scholar just completed some important writing and this is a celebratio ...click for details


Large Octagonal Qing Wedding Basket

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1910   item# 1119963 (stock# 10.86)

Large Octagonal Qing Wedding Basket
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This traditional Chinese wedding basket, made of light-weight wood, has 25 different black and gold vignettes of Qing Dynasty life painted on its octagonal trays and lid. The tall black bent willow handle is wrapped in bamboo strips woven into a black-accented pattern. The base of the basket and the scene on the lid are framed with key patterns, another element typical of the profuse symbolic adornment often found on late Qing items, especially those associated with marriage. Two of the three tr ...click for details


Round Chinese Architectural Fretwork Panel

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1980   item# 1104319 (stock# 11-17)

Round Chinese Architectural Fretwork Panel
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The fretwork in this vintage Chinese architectural panel combines both rounded and straight-edged pieces of elm wood to create a simple, elegant pattern. Large openwork panels such as this were handcrafted by artisans into many hundreds of fretwork designs and set within a variety of square, rectangle, round, hexagon and octagon frames to be used as interior windows in old Chinese houses, providing light, air circulation and a feeling of space. We have seen them recycled for present day archite ...click for details


Mid Qing Handpainted Shaanxi Cabinet

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1103362 (stock# 60-49)

Mid Qing Handpainted Shaanxi Cabinet
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A small red Chinese cabinet from late 18th/early 19th century has delicate roundel paintings of flowers randomly spaced with floating sketches of foliage on its two front doors. Rendered in fine black lines, the paintings have faded and mellowed, retaining only sparse touches of their original gold highlights. A round brass backplate echoes the roundels. Doors swing open on wooden pegs, eliminating the need for hinges, and are secured with a brass rod that slips through fastenings on the bac ...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


Pair Blue and White Three Friends Ginger Jars

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Stoneware: Pre 1920   item# 1090941 (stock# 12-55)

Pair Blue and White Three Friends Ginger Jars
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Two Chinese ovoid ceramic ginger jars convey a rich symbolic message with their “three friends” designs of bamboo, pine and plum branches. Venerated in China for centuries, the three trees have been grouped together in paintings and poems to represent the ideal of perseverance in overcoming adversity. They became known as “the three friends of winter” because they flourish in harsh environments—the bamboo and pine tree remaining green throughout the year, and the plum tree blooming in winter a ...click for details


Lidded Elmwood Qing Food Box

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1900   item# 1065987 (stock# 62-56)

Lidded Elmwood Qing Food Box
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Rich auburn elmwood with a satin smooth surface makes this late 19th century hand-hewn Chinese food box an especially attractive shelf or table accent piece. It is constructed of shaped staves fitted tightly together and held with flat brass bands around the foot and the widest part of the vessel. Carvings on the side handles of lotus buds on long stems, both Taoist and Buddhist emblems of perfection, are appropriate for a food box because every part of the lotus plant is deemed edible by the C ...click for details


Chinese Qing Dynasty Pendulum Clock

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1920   item# 995663 (stock# 42-40)

Chinese Qing Dynasty Pendulum Clock
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This late Qing Dynasty pendulum clock in a carved wood case has a glass front hand painted with a double happiness symbol encircled by flowers. The brass pendulum swings behind the happiness symbol and the hour is announced with a pleasant chime tone produced by a small mallet striking a metal shell. The springs for the timing mechanism and chime are wound separately with a key (which is included) inserted into the clock face. The carving and shape of the wood case suggest Victorian design infl ...click for details


Korean Zelkova Rice Measure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Folk Art: Pre 1920   item# 949627 (stock# 04-23)

Korean Zelkova Rice Measure
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A large wood rice measure from early 20th century Korea, made in a uniquely Korean shape, adapts nicely to a second life as a plant holder. We have also seen these sturdy containers turned over and used as a stool or small table. Originally used to measure rice, it is made of thick planks of zelkova (keyaki) wood fitted together and held in place with black metal bands. The ear-like handles and heavy bottom obviously are hand-hewn. Hangul characters carved into the side indicate the measurement ...click for details


Japanese Jardiniere Size Ceramic Hibachi

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1910   item# 946568 (stock# 04-01)

Japanese Jardiniere Size Ceramic Hibachi
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This Japanese ceramic hibachi from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912) has a country scene—a rustic dwelling snuggled amid old trees, hills and distant mountains. Ceramic hibachi were introduced in Meiji times as portable alternatives to the larger copper-lined wood hibachi and the heavier bronze receptacles. Whether ceramic or metal, hibachi held glowing charcoal embers used as a source of heat during cold Japanese winters. The ceramic ones generally were placed under low tables (kotatsu) that h ...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


Large Shan Red and Black Lacquer Footed bowl

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1910   item# 929783 (stock# 63-14)

Large Shan Red and Black Lacquer Footed bowl
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An especially handsome lacquer bowl, called a “kwet,” is from the Shan people, a southeast Asian tribal group living primarily in northeast Burma. Similar Shan bowls, though not identical to this one, are pictured in a book from the British Museum Press entitled “Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer” by Isaacs and Blurton, on pages 183 and 184, where they are labeled with the spelling “khwet.” This bowl has an inscription on the bottom that is difficult to decipher but it ...click for details


Qing Altar Table Lowered to Sofa Table Height

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1900   item# 926234 (stock# 33-92)

Qing Altar Table Lowered to Sofa Table Height
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This is a late 19th century Chinese altar table that has been altered for use as a table behind a low sofa. Altar tables typically have the shallow depth needed for a table placed behind a sofa but often are too high for that use. That is most likely why this one, somewhere along the way, had its legs shortened by a few inches. While its antique value was adversely affected by the alteration, its usability, at least from a Western point of view, may have been enhanced. The wood, elm in a rich m ...click for details

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