This is a very small beautifully detailed old Chinese wood carving. Depicting a toad or frog attempting to climb up onto a lotus pod, it is just short of 2 inches tall and 1.5 inches at its widest point. In excellent condition and absolutely charming, especially to a toad lover!!
This ingeniously designed antique Chinese metal brush rest from the Qing Dynasty holds 7 calligraphy brushes. The brushrest intact and is still held together with its original nut caps. And the metal is now heavily patinated to a deep brown color
3.5 inches high, 3.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep
The Manchu woman did not practice foot binding or wear Lotus Shoes. However, the women did wear various styles of thick soled and platform soled shoes. The sole on this pair of Manchu shoes is 1.5 inches thick. The vamp is canvas with wonderful large eyed fish embroidered with silk thread towards the back of the shoes. The front fish are made of velvet fabric with chain stitched embroidered details...
This traditional Chinese Libations Cup, aka Jue, was a gift and is inscribed on the inside lid with the name Chi Fan Duan. As a gift, it was probably given on the event of the birth of a child or a wedding. Exact age is not known but the direction of the writting indicates that it is sometime after the 1950's. It is silver and stands 9" high and is in excellent condition.
This wonderful pair of antique Chinese spectacles have tortise shell frames surrounding the lightly tinted lenses, and the patong fittings are typically hinged and beautifully detailed. Owned by a weathly gentleman, these would have been a impressive status symbol to both friends and strangers on the street.
These Chinese eyeglasses have lightly tinted lenses in a tortoise shell frames. Eye ware was favored by the Chinese because it was felt that they enhanced ones age appearance i.e. made the wearer appear older than their chronological age. The spectacles are detailed with a carved design at the nose bridge and have hinged side pieces which end in a circular stop which was very typical of the Chinese eye ware of the period.
This large puppet head dates from the mid 1800's and represents Sun Wu Kong, the "monkey king" who is a beloved character of Chinese folklore. The head is carved from wood, gessoed and painted. It is 12 inches long and retains almost all of the original paint.
The folk tales of Sun Wukong were collected in the 16th-century novel "Journey to the West" by Wu Cheng'en, and his adventures and antics been the subject of many Chinese operas and puppet shows...
This palm sized wooden container used for carrying tobacco during the late Qing Dynasty. It is nicely detailed with metal fitting, has a hinged compartment for tobacco storage and a metal pin to provide closure.
This pair of Chinese Lotus Shoes were found in an estate in the US. Dating from the early 1900's, the embroidery threads are satin stitched into a floral design and the trim is a delicate silk ribbon. A hand wrapped thread binding extends around the top of the vamp and down the front to the toe.
Because of the lack of any evidence of leg ties, the small size and the pristine condition, it should be assumed that this pair of shoes was made for and given as a gift to a close female friend.
This Pair of Lotus Shoes have fine silk damask vamp with delicate silk thread embroidery of floral and butterfly motif.
From Shanxi province, each shoe measures approx 3.5" high and 5 inches long. Each shoe is missing the small piece of leather on the heel bottom. This aside, they are in very good condition, showing only minimal wear.
This charming old Chinese embroidered panel is depicts 2 fish at the bottom of a water plant,....and butterfly at the top flower. There is a double border of black and pale blue silk which surrounds the gauze weave creme colored background fabric. The embroidery stitching is very tiny and it is done with cotton thread. If this were a European panel, it would be described as a very fine
needle point tapestry. But it is from China. The panel measures top to bottom 21" and 7" side to side.
This lovely lotus shaped box is covered with golden color shagreen leather and dated from the late Qing Dynasty. I found it in Yunnan province. It is in beautiful condition and measures 5.5x x4.5 x 2.5 inches