Antique Asian Works of Art from Ancient East
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1367680 (stock #SN92)
Ancient East
$720
DESCRIPTION: A fine Chinese boxwood water-well basket toggle, intricately carved in an acorn shape with a realistic and detailed basket weave pattern with carved wood rim. The arched overhead handle has a free-carved wood ring attached; the interior is hollowed out. Excellent condition, a beautiful toggle, 19th C. For a similar example see: Schuyler Cammann, Substance and Symbol in Chinese Toggles, #188, p.228. DIMENSIONS: 1-3/4” high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1367465 (stock #SAO31)
Ancient East
$660
DESCRIPTION: A large, non-damper opium pipe, consisting of a long bamboo tube terminating at one end with a bowl of brass and copper overlay acting as the saddle, socket and damper. A tapering brass tip finishes the other end. Around the bowl is a double flower design in copper and brass, and on each side is a decorative brass fish with scales. Attached along the bamboo stem are lengths of braded yarn, one of which terminates in a brass ring for hanging...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1367214 (stock #SCH395)
Ancient East
$975
DESCRIPTION: A fine and very sculptural Chinese Duan ink stone in the form of a bell with a deeply carved water well on one end, and a flaring flat surface on the other for mixing ink. The stone is raised on two elongated prong feet, between which is a five character inscription...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1366579 (stock #SCH62)
Ancient East
$1,450
DESCRIPTION: A large and masterfully carved Chinese shou shan stone (soapstone) seal in tall rectangular form, the knob carved with a crouching dragon having both wings tucked back covering its sides, and whose mouth is poised to grasp the sacred pearl. On each flat surface of the base are engraved inscriptions and characters among idyllic scenes of rivers with boats, hills, houses and pavilions. The bottom seal characters leave a positive (red) impression...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1365926 (stock #SCH282)
Ancient East
$480
DESCRIPTION: A handsome scholar's calligraphy brush, crafted using a dark brown bamboo for the shaft which connects to a shaped horn ferrule and long, natural bristle brush. One of the "four treasures of the scholar’s studio," this striking scholar’s brush would have been used for calligraphy or painting. This attractive, well made brush dates from the early 20th C. DIMENSIONS: 13.25” long (33.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1365533 (stock #SN76)
Ancient East
$495
DESCRIPTION: A Chinese toggle (Guajian) carved as a pair of peanuts attached to leafy vines. In Chinese symbolism, the peanut (huasheng) is an auspicious symbol because its second character (sheng) means to "give birth". The peanut thus symbolizes the wish for many children. This toggle is expertly carved in the round and has a wonderful old boxwood patina. A cord would have been strung through the opening at the peanut’s stem to secure the toggle to a sash...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre AD 1000 item #1365299 (stock #PTA34)
Ancient East
$6,400
DESCRIPTION: An ancient Han Dynasty grey pottery pictorial tile executed with impressed designs of horses and flying phoenix. Characteristic of architectural tiles found on cave tomb walls in Sichuan Province, this tile depicts three lively prancing horses with five stylized phoenix overhead. A repeating diamond pattern forms the upper and lower border. The faint red pigment seen in several places is actually ancient calligraphy detailing its placement in the structure, i.e...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1365136 (stock #TX56)
Ancient East
$3,960
DESCRIPTION: An elegant Chinese Qing Dynasty robe having a design of large and small silk butterflies with couched gold threads, scattered on a navy blue ground with borders of blue and white florals down the center split and around the hem’s edges. Sleeve bands are executed in intricate embroidery on a white silk ground depicting figures in a landscape. This Qing Dynasty robe has been professionally preserved and mounted in an archival, shadowbox frame with sleeves folded over...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1363897 (stock #SN75)
Ancient East
Sold, Thank You
DESCRIPTION: A Chinese boxwood toggle (Guajian) carved as a pair of men’s boots resting side by side, a symbol of marital harmony and the wish for many sons. Nicely carved with relief banding and incised designs, the fine-grained boxwood having a wonderful, aged patina from years of use. A hole running through the top of each shoe is the track used for threading cords from which this toggle would have been suspended as a counterweight to some other object...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1363542 (stock #SN112)
Ancient East
Sold, Thank You
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DESCRIPTION: A well carved and detailed Chinese boxwood toggle of a folded straw hat with flowers and Chinese characters in high relief. The hole under the hat serves as the point of attachment for the cord, which would hang from a sash. Excellent condition with a wonderful, old patina; 19th C. DIMENSIONS: 2.5” wide (6.4 cm) x 1 3/8” high (3.5 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1362963 (stock #SAO218)
Ancient East
SOLD
DESCRIPTION: A finely carved Chinese staghorn archer's ring, probably 19th C., of cylindrical form with a luscious, aged patina. Around the outside circumference a lucky bat is shown flying with a tasseled string of coins in its mouth, signifying luck and prosperity for the wearer. DIMENSIONS: 1 3/8" high (3 cm) x 1 3/8" diameter (3 cm); weight 21 g.

HISTORY: Archer's rings originated very early in Chinese history...

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 : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #1310419 (stock #CP27)
Ancient East
$260
An attractive antique Chinese porcelain plate, hand painted with a large, leaping blue carp with russet colored cross-hatched scales...
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. According to Buddhist tradition, the Buddha prefers the "fingers" of the ...
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. Displaying a luscious patina from use and handling, this little grinning lion is a real ch...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #1307934 (stock #CP3&4)
Ancient East
$370
An attractive pair of antique Chinese porcelain plates, each hand painted with a large, leaping blue carp with russet colored cross-hatched scales. The carp was an auspicious fish in China and a symbol of perseverance and success, often applied to success in business enterprises and state examinations. In excellent condition (no cracks, chips or hairlines), this pair of deep-dish plates would have served as large shallow bowls as well. Dating from the Yongzheng to Qianlong Periods (AD 1723 - ...
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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1306066 (stock #SCH198)
Ancient East
SOLD
DESCRIPTION: A very appealing Chinese water dripper in the form of a frog climbing on the side of a rolled lotus leaf. Water drippers were one of the essential calligraphy tools used by the Chinese scholar to hold water and drip it onto the ink stone for the purpose of mixing the ground ink. These small but important objects were crafted so that a single measured drop at a time could be dripped to ensure the proper ratio of ink to water while mixing. This free-form, teal glazed dripper would h...