Antique Asian Works of Art from Ancient East

Large Chinese Tortoise Shell Trousse Set, Early 19th C.

Large Chinese Tortoise Shell Trousse Set, Early 19th C.


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1372179

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DESCRIPTION: A large Chinese tortoise shell travel utensil kit (or trousse) with elaborate brass mounts and fittings. The bamboo scabbard has been overlaid with tortoise shell and fitted with highly decorative brass mounts with appliqués that include bats, butterflies, a goose, a ram, and engraved “Xi” characters (meaning double happiness). The set includes a large pair of ox-bone chopsticks and a brass-tipped knife with iron blade. There are old Chinese repairs to one chopstick (where banded in silver) and the knife blade; some cracking to the tortoise shell, all in stable condition. Dating from the early 19th C., Qing Dynasty. PROVENANCE: From the property of the Salgo Trust for Education, NY, an art history research center founded by the late Hungarian-American financier and diplomat, Ambassador Nicolas M. Salgo. DIMENSIONS: 17” long (43 cm).