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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #822117 (stock #TC243)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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A bride of the Yi Chinese Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province, would have worn the "cock" hat for her wedding day. The hat is made using layers of cotton fabric with a stiffiner between the layers to maintain the shape. Using colorful cotton thread, hat was extravagantly hand embroidered. A few traditional silver ornaments including the bubble, flower and butterfly were added.

Now, it is the very lucky Yi girl who can use her great grandmother's bridal hat for her own wedding. These hats a...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1125216 (stock #TC381)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Toward the late Qing and early Republic periods, footbinding in urban centers became less common. But women were still concerned with fashionable footwear. This pair of beaded strips are actually shoes parts which would have been sewn with other matching beaded fabric parts to form a pair of beaded shoes
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #775658 (stock #M126)
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Sourced from southern China, this ethnic minority tobacco container has a hinged lid and "belt clip". I suspect that it is Yi minority.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1900 item #1297042 (stock #TC545)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Inside of ring has embedded pipe scale from the glass working process and exterior layer of glass has stress crack with small chip missing...stress crack would also be from glass making process... but ring has been stable for couple of centuries...ring was bought in South China late 90s along with several other rings (all stone and sold) but this one was so unusual that I kept it ...really is lovely
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1236048 (stock #TC520)
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A properly dressed Chinese woman would wear a pair of leggings to cover her lower legs from the bottom of her skirt to the top of her lotus shoes. The leggings would be tied into place with a hand woven sash made specifically for that purpose. These lotus shoe accessories are now rare and very hard to find. See my listing TC236 and ZTC233. This pair of leggings are of very fine red silk damask weave fabric with ribbon and silk embroidered trim at the cuffs.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1390067 (stock #TC571)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This is a traditional Qing Dynasty woman's skirt. Chines skirts during this time period were made in 2 sections which were "buttoned" together with "frogs" The skirt was then wrapped around the hips so that the flat sections were displayed at at the front and back....the pleated sections were at draped the sides... The background fabric of this skirt is an unusually fine jacquard silk but the pattern of the jacquard does not show in the pics....the pleated sections of the skirt and also meti...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1950 item #1199437 (stock #M165)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
The groups of Yao minority live in in both China and Thailand. This necklace is of low grade silver which was typical of the Chinese jewelry around the late 1800's and early 1900's. The necklace is light weight and comfortable to wear.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #718924 (stock #TC193)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
Leather products were rare and expensive during the Qing Dynasty in China. Fans were in common usage and a quality fan would have required a proper protective case. A wealthy woman could have afforded this suede fan case and would have considered it as the acceptable accessory to properly detail her finery.

The case is 9+ inches long with silk cord for drawstrings, elaborately knotted and tasseled.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #698723 (stock #M119)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$165.00
This Chinese ethnic minority hair comb was hand carved with scalloped edge detail on both sides. Many ethnic minority women would save the hair from ancestors and add it to their own hair for additional bulk...some groups would add bits of wool also to make the hair appear thicker. Combs were used both for combing and for hair ornaments. Carved from walnut wood and 9 inches long at the bottom
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #766378 (stock #TC216)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This unusual hat stand is made of 2 very thin interlocking pieces which were black lacquered and painted with a floral and peach motif.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #696769 (stock #ZTC183)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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This pair of Chinese lotus shoes, aka bound feet shoes, have a soft golden color silk vamp. Each side of the shoes is embroidered with the same pattern, and uses satin stitch silk thread.

The embroidery pattern on these lotus shoes has always mystified me. There is a woman and an animal that is possibly intended to be a giraffe. I vaguely remember some bits of information. The Chinese first heard about the African giraffes from verbal and written descriptions. They were fascinated wit...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1001502 (stock #TC322)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This is one of 2 hexagonal shaped tea cannisters which I have listed separately. This one has an incised spring scene of two young birds and a butterfly on one side. The other side has 2 sentences from the famous Tang dynasty poem by Lu Tong. The bamboo has darkened considerably with age. This cannister is from an estate in the US...Both the Chinese and Japanese used this shape tea cannister and Lu Tongs poems were also highly regarded in Japan, so it is possible the these tea caddies are Ja...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1403525 (stock #EMT165)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
These 3 collars were originally the collar portion and were sewn to a lower section to forming a child's pinafore... Home spun yarns intricately hand woven with hand embroidered details... sold either separately or together as a collection
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #618001 (stock #EMT113)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$850.00
This is a very finely embroidered baby carrier from LiPing region. Threads of green and purple silk are used in satin embroidery stitches which are so heavy and so finely done that they almost totally cover the hand-loomed fabric. Additional decorative elements include border areas banded with tiny triangular folded fabric and hand-loomed bands.The upper portion of the carrier would be used to protect the baby's head from the elements. The 3 tassles indicated either that the mother has 3 child...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1198276 (stock #TC502)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
This vamps of this lovely pair of Chinese Lotus shoes, aka bound feet shoes, are embroidered all around with butterflies and flowers. The soles are covered with fabric and leather...the heels are covered with leather which is nailed into place to call attention to the wearers movements when walking. Very condition ... one small rip in fabric at the back of one heel. Measures barely 4 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1258086 (stock #TC530)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This charming footed small teapot has handle wrapped with bamboo and is etched all over with a floral design...no signature of any kind...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1071505 (stock #M160)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique Chinese small wooden tobacco container would have been looped on a belt. It is probably ethnic minority, and hand carved by its intended user. Such folk art artifacts are now rare and hard to find on the market.

Measures 3 inches tall, and comes with original hand twisted cord, and is in very good condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1213452 (stock #TC503)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
The quilted lower portion of the vamp indicates that this pair of shoes are from northern China, and the shape of the heel dates them to before 1910. Clearly somewhat used, they are a wonderful artifact of a time and cultural practice from the past.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #764835 (stock #TC215)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$625.00
This is a unique Chinese Trousse. The chopsticks are black wood, presumed to be Zitan and are totally enclosed inside the scabbard when the trousse is closed. Both the scabbard and knife handle are covered with tortoise shell and have silver fittings.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1013797 (stock #TC332)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
This antique childs toy was brought back from Chinese by an American Missionary during the early 19th century. The snake or possibly a dragon has jointed body which can easily be moved to assume different positions. Obviously hand carved in the Chinese folk art tradition, this toy is in excellant condition. It displays nicely on the custom made stand.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #1154468 (stock #EMT152)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$115.00
This tradition style childs collar of the Dong minority was handmade by the mother or grandmother. The fabric was cut from fragments of handwoven cloth stitched together. The embroidery is an intricate cross stitch pattern...It was used (probably for several generals of children) and is a bit dirty...no rips no tears.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1960 item #1405172 (stock #EMT168)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Vintage Woman's Jacket from Miao Ethnic Minority of Southern China. Indigo Dye fabric, covered with intricate batik pattens. lower panel on back has rows of hand woven decorative tape... comfortable to wear or use as great wall decoration. 36 inches long x 21 inches across shoulders. Fits med size woman...field tested...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1277758 (stock #TC534)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
Diameter approximately 2.75 inches, this antique chinese mirror may have originally had silvered surface on reflective side...brought to the US 1920-1930 by missionary Rebecca Cloud-Stewart..deterioration of metal surfaces as expected.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1005009 (stock #TC165)
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This Chinese wood carving from the Qing Dynasty portrays a seated nobleman. The surface is covered with remains of the original multi layers of lacquer paint. There are no marks on the bottom. Hand carved and only 4 inches high this is a charming piece of old folk art, an artifact from the glory days of old China.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1035479 (stock #TC335)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$850.00
This antique Chinese wooden carved pedestal stand with attached mirror dates is from the late Qing dynasty. This piece of furniture would have sat on a dresser or chest. The carving is high quality and begins at the base. The mid section carving displays a dragon and pagoda. The frame of the circular mirror has bats carved all around.

This piece has been held in storage by a Texas collector and is in excellent condition. The mirror is detachable and is held in place by tendons which slip...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #702997 (stock #TC185)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
During the Qing dynasty, carved wood blocks were used to produce the ancestor portraits which decorated the homes of many Chinese families. The Chinese translation of the term "ancestor Portraits" can be misleading to Westerners. These were not portraits of the particular family's ancestors. They were portraits of various Chinese officials, emperor, empress, etc. for whom the family wished to show respect and or allegiance.

This stencil is approximately 9" by 9" and has some calligraphy ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1015366 (stock #TC333)
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This charming pair of old Chinese lotus shoes were made from a sturdy cotton fabric and embroidered with cotton thread. The lack of silk matterials would indicate that the maker/wearer was probably from a less afluent family. The soles indicate are well worn but the vamps are in very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #1409837 (stock #EMT170)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
Meticulously embroidered panel for baby carrier that never got finished.. and was packed away to be finished later...probably by a loving grandmother, and then backed and border probably her daughter for sale. Miao people in the region of Zhi Jin including border ...measures 20 x 23.5 inches the last 2 pics are of the back side of the embroidery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1067673 (stock #EMT136)
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The variety and types of embroidery stitches on this antique Chinese hat are old typically Miao minority. Probably done by dotting grandmother. The silver ornaments, the butterfly, the bubbles are symbolic of the Miao myth regarding the birth of the human race. The hat shows some dirt but is otherwise in good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #981063 (stock #TC312)
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This antique Chinese box would have been used during the Qing dynasty, possibly by a scholar or shop keeper. The bottom of this box has covered compartments for seals, chops,calligraphy brush, ink sticks and a built in inkstone. There is an abacus built into the lid.

The original hinge pin was lost and has been replaced. The box was made with large dovetail joints and from a hard wood of unknown origins. The outside is dirty and I have not cleaned it. It was clearly heavily used and ther...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1304341 (stock #ZTC551)
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sold
This ingenious antique Chinese sundial can be carried in the pocket. When needed, the cover is removed, the pointer is raised and held in place by the notch in the raised semi circle arm. Direction is established by the small compass on one side of the pointer. The small fixed circular dial on the other side of the pointer uses Chinese characters. I was told this was used by Feng Shui practitioners...Though bought in mainland China, the combination of Roman numerals and Chinese characters...Ho...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #547494 (stock #EMT107)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$500.00
This is presumed to be central panel taken from 100 bird coat from the Bai Ling area. It has been bordered and backed by new fabric. The central panel is very tightly split-thread satin-stitched embroidery over a silk felted (non-woven) fabric. This piece is in pristine condition, and measures approximately 30" by 30"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1172069 (stock #TC397)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
Sourced from an old estate, this pair of lotus shoes came with a hand written tag/label sewn to the back of one heel and a red paper the shape of the inner sole place inside on of the shoes. The paper is at the point flaking and disintegrating and the writing is in old Chinese and no longer readable. Because of the "tag and label, I suspect that these shoes were presented as a "gift" to a Western missionary, teacher or friend. The shoes are in wonderful condition with the exception of the front...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #506559 (stock #TC106)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$265.00
This very nice traditional Chinese pillow has leg supports which fold up when it is not in use. The top is made of shaped and stained bamboo slats which flex for soft comfort. The body of the piece is made of a dark wood with carved scrollwork along the bottom edge. Each end has an elaborate carving of a bat in flight. good condition 15"x 5" x 4" with legs extended
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1404747 (stock #TC568)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
During the Qing Dynasty, the feathers of the kingfisher bird were used to create ornaments for woman to attach to clothing and/or wear in their hair... Through the 1800's These ornaments were made and formed with heavy paper (light weight cardboard...) They had large areas of feathers and the edges of the paper form were bordered with gold paint...and the ornaments were often domed By the early 1900's the bird were becoming rare almost extinct ...so intricate and smaller sections of fea...