Chinese Red Carved Wood Teacup Box
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1920: item # 278822
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|As a nation of tea drinkers, the Chinese have lavished care on the artistry of implements associated with tea. This handsome wood box originated in Shaoxing, near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and was used for storing small, handle-less teacups. Wood boxes for this purpose were made throughout China in a variety of shapes, some with large, fold-down handles such as this one, some with fixed handles, some with no handles. The type and amount of carving and other decoration also varied but almost without exception the boxes were red, the color of joy. The tall handle on this early 20th century piece is carved on both sides with flowers. The container itself, shaped wide at the top then sharply tapered to give a mushroom look, is unadorned. It is made of barrel-like staves held together with twisted copper wire. The top is in two pieces, both removable to allow full access to the inside of the box. The piece is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 17" (43 cm), diameter 14" (36 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM|