Antique Asian Works of Art from Ancient East
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1312672 (stock #SN90)
Ancient East
$760
DESCRIPTION: A well carved and highly detailed Chinese boxwood toggle of a fish, a symbol in China of wealth and success, with fine scale detailing, a large head and the tail fin curved upward. The hole in the mouth serves as the point of attachment for the cord with the cord knot being concealed within the slit opening in the belly of the fish. Excellent condition; 19th C. DIMENSIONS: 2.75” long (7 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1308901 (stock #SN85)
Ancient East
$595
DESCRIPTION: An antique Chinese toggle (guajian), carved from boxwood in the form of a Buddha's hand fruit (or fingered citron), a symbol of happiness, longevity and good fortune in China. The fingered citron is unusually shaped with bright yellow fruit segmented into finger-like sections, resembling a human hand. Highly fragrant, it is used predominantly in China for perfuming rooms and personal items such as clothing...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1308231 (stock #SN103)
Ancient East
$680
DESCRIPTION: An appealing Chinese toggle (guajian), carved from Huanghuali wood (a hardwood similar to Rosewood) in the form of a Buddhist lion seated on a plinth with one paw placed on top of a ball. With raised tail, textured fur on his back, and brass studs decorating the eyes and each limb, this foo dog would have been used as a counterweight for a tobacco pouch or other object suspended from a belt...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1306301 (stock #SN67)
Ancient East
$495
DESCRIPTION: A rare Chinese toggle in the form of a miniature Mongolian eating set consisting of a reddish gold lacquered metal sheath finished with brass bands and bone cap, containing two removable and useable knives with horn handles and bone caps, a set of tweezers, and suspension loop on side. Overall good condition with minor signs of age, rust and use, Qing dynasty, 18th C. DIMENSIONS: 3 3/4” Long (9.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1287951 (stock #SN111)
Ancient East
$175
DESCRIPTION: An antique Chinese wood toggle, carved in the form of a standing monkey holding a peach. Dating to the mid 19th C., Qing Dynasty, this toggle is in good condition with nice wear and patina. DIMENSIONS: 2 ½” high (5.5 cm).

ABOUT CHINESE TOGGLES: Chinese toggles (Guajian) are the precursors of the Japanese netsuke by many centuries, and acted as counter weights to hang objects from the belt or sash...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1276212 (stock #SN110)
Ancient East
$870
DESCRIPTION: A larger sized Chinese toggle of a strolling elephant with wrinkled legs, large ears, a short raised trunk and fashioned with double inlaid eyes. Nice patina with a pierced opening at the tail for stringing and hanging from the belt as a counterweight for a pouch or other object. CONDITION: Light wear and small chip to one foot, otherwise fine condition. Early 19th C. Qing Dynasty. DIMENSIONS: 2 3/8" high (6 cm) x 2 3/8" wide (6 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1242222 (stock #SN102)
Ancient East
$795
DESCRIPTION: A fine, large Chinese boxwood toggle in the shape of a Chinese coin with four script characters on each side surrounding the square hole. Around the edge, various plant and animal forms are carved in high relief, including a flower, bird, squirrel and bat. The suspension cord, connecting it to an object such as a tobacco pouch, would have been strung through the openings under the bat's wings. Wonderful patina, excellent condition, and dating from the 1800's or earlier...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1233388 (stock #BSK44)
Ancient East
$680
DESCRIPTION: This wonderful Chinese bamboo basket is one of the nicest we've ever offered. Pleasing in form and expertly handcrafted, the entire basket is tightly woven from bamboo strips in various sizes, forming a pleasing design. Chinese characters are found inside the removable, cone-shaped lid. Three long bent bamboo strips form the handle. Very attractive and in excellent condition. DIMENSIONS: 24" high including handle (61 cm) x 18" diameter (45.7 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1170588 (stock #SN119)
Ancient East
$395
DESCRIPTION: A very old toggle crafted from boxwood in the form of a Chinese lock with etched designs and a flower in the center. This toggle has a wonderful worn patina that only comes from age and handling. Strung with a cord through the center hole formed by the lock, it would have hung from a sash and been used as a counterweight to a tobacco pouch or other utilitarian object. A wonderful example of Chinese folk art, this antique toggle dates from the 1700’s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1166711 (stock #SN123)
Ancient East
$535
DESCRIPTION: A very nice old Chinese toggle carved from a striated wood in the form of two peaches. The peach is a symbol of longevity and this thick toggle has a wonderful aged patina that only comes from age and handling. Strung with a cord through the holes under the stems, it would have hung from a sash and been used as a counterweight to a tobacco pouch or other utilitarian object. A wonderful example of Chinese folk art, this toggle dates from the 1700’s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1137437 (stock #SN126)
Ancient East
$895
DESCRIPTION: A wonderful old Chinese toggle crafted from burlwood in the form of a seated man, his head resting on one hand and the other holding a large bag over his shoulder. This larger sized toggle would have been strung with cord through the holes under each arm, hung from sash and used as a counterweight to a tobacco pouch or other utilitarian object. A wonderful example of Chinese folk art, this toggle has a beautiful aged patina and dates from mid 1700’s to 1800’s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1087195 (stock #MS63)
Ancient East
$395
DESCRIPTION: A Qing dynasty bamboo pipe, perhaps used for either opium or tobacco, with a bulbous body crafted from a large segment of giant bamboo. Mounted onto this segment are heavy brass fittings, one for the tubular “tobacco bowl” with its long brass shaft descending into the body. The other brass tube holds the long, bent bamboo stem that is used to draw the smoke out. Very good condition with a nice patina. DIMENSIONS: 16” high assembled (40.5 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1084874 (stock #SAO214)
Ancient East
$455
DESCRIPTION: Three similar Chinese travel utensil sets, 19th to early 20th C., each wood case wrapped in tortoise shell with brass mounts, and all with original knives, bone chopsticks and pics, finished with ivory tips on each end. Sets such as these would have been worn suspended by a cord from the belt with a toggle for a counterweight. Minor chips to the tortoise shell, but everthing is original with no repairs and all in good condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1084316 (stock #SN122)
Ancient East
$395
DESCRIPTION: A Chinese peach toggle (guajian) crafted from a flat piece of burl with large spreading leaves, representing longevity in Chinese iconography. Two holes on either side of the stem were used for threading a cord from which this toggle would have been suspended as a counterweight to some other object, such as a tobacco pouch. A nice example of Chinese folk art dating from the mid 1800’s or earlier, this toggle is in overall fine condition with normal signs of use. DIMENSIONS: 1 ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1025837 (stock #SAO31)
Ancient East
$795
DESCRIPTION: A large opium pipe of the type that requires no damper, consisting of a long bamboo tube terminating at one end with a tapering brass tip and the other with a brass and copper overlay acting as the saddle, socket and damper. Around the bowl is a double flower design in copper and brass, and on each side is a decorative fish in brass with scales. Attached along the bamboo stem are lengths of braded yarn, one of which terminates in a brass ring. Purchased from the collection of Jean...