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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #862827 (stock #TC254)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$147.00
According to the writing on the back, this small embroidered pencil holder in was made in 1897 by a Mrs Lee for M.J. Thomas who was a member of the Chinese Chicago Mission group. The embroidery stitches are tiny and some of the threads are frayed but it is a warm memento of friendship and an artifact from another era in relations between China and the US.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #865986 (stock #TC256)
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This set of 4 matching Chinese toggles were hand carved from animal bone, probably the vertebra. Each side is carved with an identical design which continues around the side. They are well aged and show both wear and usage. As artifacts from the folk art culture, they were probably carved by the person who intended to use them to secure his personal items. Each piece is approx 1 inch in diameter and .5 inches thick.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #869108 (stock #TC257)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$187.00
This small Chinese hand made purse would have been made by a woman for her personal use or possibly as a gift to a female friend. It was made using cotton background fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread on each side. The butterfly and floral motifs were made with silk thread using a combination of satin stitches, chain stitches and couching embroidery techniques.

It is a charming example of a Chinese woman's needlework and is in excellent condition. Each side opens separately and me...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #871444 (stock #M133)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$650.00
For festivals including her wedding, a Yao girl of marriageable age would wear the traditional "celestial crown" clipped to her hair on the top of her head. This traditional ornament was common among the Yao of Laos, Thailand and China's Yunnan Province. Upon reaching puberty, the Yao girl would be expected to make her own crown following traditional patterns and methods of her local region. For some, the celestial crown would be worn as daily ornament, while other Yao groups would reserve the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #871813 (stock #TC258)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$240.00
This Chinese lady's purse was made with silk satin fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread using a satin embroidery stitch. The edges are bound with carefully aligned silk threads. Each side opens to a separate storage compartment and there is a third compartment which is accessed from the top of the purse.

Made and used during the late Qing Dynasty, the quality of the materials and workmanship clearly show that this purse was used by a woman of means. Unfortunately, this use has left...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #872466 (stock #TC259)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$343.00
This hand carved panel is from a Chinese Buddhist Temple erected around 1860. The panel is deeply carved with a scene which takes place at the foot of the sacred mountain. Bits of mother of Pearl are inlaid into the mountain and is also used to highlight a few costume details.

This panel was used as an architectural element and has the mortise cuts in the top which were used to hold the panel in place. It is one of a pair of panels which were taken from the temple. The condition of this p...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #872479 (stock #TC260)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$343.00
This hand carved panel is from a Chinese Buddhist Temple erected around 1860. The panel is deeply carved with a scene which takes place at the foot of the sacred mountain. Bits of Mother of Pearl are inlaid into the mountain and is also used to highlight a few costume details.

This panel was used as an architectural element and has the mortise cuts in the top which were used to hold the panel in place. It is one of a pair of panels which were taken from the temple. The condition of this p...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #872862 (stock #TC261)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small Chinese inro style container would have been worn suspended from the wearer's belt. It was hand carved from wood and detailed on each side with delicate decorative carvings of birds, flowers and a phoenix.

The piece is 2.5 inches high and 2 inches at the widest point. Because of its small size and shape, it was most likely used as an opium container. The inside has been carefully cleaned to avoid dog encounters at the airports.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #881410 (stock #TC264)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$190.00
These antique iron stirrups probably belonged to a low level horse soldier of the Chinese army during the Qing dynasty. They are well patinated.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #895423 (stock #TC268)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This is a charming old cloisonne teapot from the later part of the Qing Dynasty in China. During this time period the traditions and culture of tea making and drinking had evolved to include the appreciation of tea articles as art objects in addition to their utilitarian purposes. This well crafted miniture teapot would have been sought after for its sculptural form.

Each side of the body of the teapot has a different floral motif with a background pattern of clouds traditional Ruyi. The h...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #897628 (stock #M146)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This wide cuff Chinese bracelet has deeply repousse design composed of detailed symbols related to Miao Ethic Minority myths and legends. Such bracelets would have been worn in matched pairs, one on each wrist, by the women of the "short skirt" Miao of Dan Zhai, and the bracelets would have been handed down from mother to daughter for generations.

The cuff is almost 3 inches at the widest point in the front because of its large size and rolled edge it easily slips onto most wrists.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #903513 (stock #TC271)
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All along the four edges of this bone toggle, there is a carved circular pattern design. This pattern is very similiar to a Yao Ethnic Minority pattern and would be unusual in a Han piece.

The last picture enlargement shows how the toggle would have been used to secure the cords of a hat. The bead would be moved up the cords so that the toggle would be tight under the chin. This system would hold the hat on the head while miniumizing preasure and discomfort to the skin.

Visible in the pic...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #905962 (stock #TC272)
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These Chinese woman's Lotus shoes are from Shanxi province and are from the mid 1800's. In Chinese culture, to have, wear or use something from an ancestor (parent, grandparent,etc) was considered as a talisman and gave an element of protection to the user. This pair of lotus shoes was passed to a younger generation whose embroidery skills were, well, not as advanced as the original maker. But clearly the child left her mark on the shoes with the added embroidery of the birds etc.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #912069 (stock #TC276)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$147.00
Carved from Rosewood, on one side, this Chinese toggle has a wooded scene with a horse and pair of deer. On the reverse side is the symbol for longevity. Toggle is 1.5 inches x 1.25 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #913520 (stock #M147)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$290.00
For women of indigenous cultures, sewing needles were often hard to come by and considered valuable tools. Commonly, among such groups, cases were specifically designed to protect and safeguard the sewing. This particular antique silver needle case is from the Chinese Miao ethnic minority group and would have been worn by the women as a decorative costume ornament during festival.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #914282 (stock #M148)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This Yao necklace and matching pair of earrings have added beads and long silk tassels. Both are light weight and easy to wear. The earrings are hollow with the same repeated design pattern on the backside. The wire loop may be a bit thick as they were made to accommodate the large ear holes which are traditional for the Chinese minority groups. These loops could easily be changed out for posts or a thinner wire hoop.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #914695 (stock #TC277)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
By the early 1900's, foot binding fell somewhat out of fashion with the upper social classes of Han Chinese women, especially in the north. With various degrees of success and a lot of pain, a few brave women chose to have their feet re-broken and reset into a more natural size and shape. This pair of boots belonged to one such woman.

Hand made using black silk fabric, and the old traditional methods, these boots are detail with embroidery on each side of the vamp with butterflies toward the...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #918607 (stock #TC279)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small silk jacket was made and worn by the child of a wealthy traditional Han Chinese family. The dark blue silk fabric is embroidered on the front and back with a floral arrangement. There are additional decorative elements of tassels and border trim. The jacket spans 15 inches across the chest.

The jacket is in very good condition with only a slightly visible stain on the front embroidery, which would be expected of a childs jacket of this age.