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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #777469 (stock #TC227)
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$225.00
Using these Chinese lotus-shaped lacquer tea saucers simplified passing and serving hot tea. Traditional Chinese symbols are delicately painted with copper color over a black lacquer background. There is a double happiness symbol at each end along with clouds, water waves and lucky bat symbol in the center. The back side is traditional Chinese red.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #860325 (stock #TC252)
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$325.00
This well worn pair of Woman's Lotus shoes for bound feet are from the later part of the Qing Dynasty about 1870-1880. The vamp fabric is red cotton with a matching floral embroidery pattern on each side. The delicate hand stitching detail clearly shows the pride taken by the owner/maker. The soles are short of the toe vamp which was done to give the wearer a more floating and sensual appearance when walking.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #946930 (stock #TC299)
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This charming pair of lotus shoes are from northern China and date to the late Qing Dynasty. The delicately embroidered flower goes across the toe of each shoe and the wide ornate woven band forms a cuff around the top of each shoe.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1213499 (stock #M166)
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This pair of traditional silver ear plugs were worn in the enlarge holes of the Yao woman of China and Thailand. The same filgree pattern is on both sides of the earplugs. The plugs are 1+ inches in diameter and 1/2 inches thick.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1078414 (stock #TC359)
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$225.00
This well used pair of Chinese woman's Lotus shoes for bound feet has embroidered satin stitch floral motif on both sides of the toe. The soles have nice stitch detail
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1094526 (stock #TC368)
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$225.00
This antique pair of Chinese lotus shoes were worn by a woman in He Bei Province during the end of the 1800's. Small bits of Leather are nailed to the heals because the women of that time liked the sound of the heal hitting the floor as they walked. A delicate floral motif was carefully embroidered to both sides of each shoe.

there are no rips and no tears but clearly these shoes were worn numerous times.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1066719 (stock #TC347)
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$175.00
This pair of Chinese lotus shoes were made by a woman of limited finances. She bought what materials were needed for the vamp and supplemented with the use of rough home spun fabric scraps to cover the shaped heals and soles. The limited amount of expensive gold couching threads outlining the floral embroidery pattern on each side of the shoes indicates that this pair of lotus shoes would have used only for special occasions. Cleverly hidden inside each shoe is a heel cushion which would have...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1198276 (stock #TC502)
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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 : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #881410 (stock #TC264)
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$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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #806461 (stock #TC236)
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A properly dressed Chinese woman would wear a pair of leggings that would cover her foot bindings from her lower leg 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.

This pair of silk sashes were were woven with a floral pattern using 2 colors of brightly contrasting threads. The long warp end threads are braided into tassels. This pair is in excelle...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1172069 (stock #TC397)
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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 : 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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #982456 (stock #TC315)
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$475.00
Manchu women never practiced foot-binding. However, during the Qing dynasty, they did wear pedestal aka platform shoes, hoping to give the appearance of smaller feet. These shoes would give the woman a more careful walk which was perceived as dainty and more sensual. In addition, the tips of the shoes would appear to peak out from under the robes, giving the foot more dainty appearance. These shoes are embroidered on both sides with a floral motif. They are in good condition, showing minimal ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1314944 (stock #TC554)
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This pair of antique Chinese sleeve panels have wonderfully detailed hand embroidery of satin, seed, and couching embroidery techniques. The panels are bordered with plain silk of the period total length 21.5 x 9 inches wide
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #914695 (stock #TC277)
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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 : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #779213 (stock #J122)
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$95.00
This pair of Japanese handmade long square cut nails are 5" long and appear to have never been used. The nail heads are solid and shaped into a hemisphere. The silver colored decorative metal escutcheons have scalloped edges and markings to represent a flower. The escutcheons are just under 1" in diameter and have a squared center hole which exactly fits the nail shank.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1125215 (stock #TC380)
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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 : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #1291276 (stock #M173)
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This pair of low grade silver Chinese Bracelets are Miao Ethnic Minority. Low grade silver was used extensively throughout China during the 19th and early 20th century. To a Westerner the backs look like the bracelets are adjustable, this is a decorative element only and they are not adjustable. The fronts are deeply etched with animals. At the widest point in the front the bracelets measure 1.25 inches. They are oval in shape and very comfortable to wear...I prefer to sale them as a pair but ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1302132 (stock #M)
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this is a large antique hand-made pair of earrings of low grade silver, lots of filigree work...Though obviously not wearable for most Westerners, the make a wonderful ethnographic, tribal arts display.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #598457 (stock #TC143)
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$95.00
This pair of sleeve bands is made of black cotton satin weave fabric with very delicately stitched floral motif embroidery. Each panel measures 6" x 26" with embroidered area measuring 3" x 9"
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #955513 (stock #Oc108)
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This pair of bookends was carved by the Igorots on the northern part of the Island of Luzon in the Philippines sometime in the 1950's. Each bookend depicts a tribesman cautiously peering over his shield at the tribesman on the other side. From the position and shape of the right arm and hands, it is likely that each native was originally holding a spear. A very dense black wood was used to create these sculptures
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #819464 (stock #J128)
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$95.00
These geta (shoes) were worn by a girl or young Japanese woman. Build up from several layers of materials, the felted soles have slits to allow access for the changing of thongs should they become soiled or worn. Small pieces of leather nailed are the heels. The upper fabric liner is made from two pieces of contrasting fabric sewn together and show a small amount of dirt and an almost imperceivable foot imprint about the toe area. Presumably this pair would have been reserved for inside hous...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1900 item #976007 (stock #TC307)
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During is height of popularity in the Qing Dynasty, when one went to the opera, souvenir dolls were often purchased. This pair of Chinese opera dolls is probably the oldest that I have seen. Both dolls are in fragile condition. They are mounted on separate stands which may be of the same age as the dolls. They have been together for over 100 years and I am not willing to separate them
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1920 item #1258071 (stock #Misc191)
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Matching pair of Raj period bracelets, decorated with wonderful granulation work. The intricate post section has tiny "jewels". One side of the post twists open to allow for easy on and off...I prefer to sell as pair...but will sell separately... $325 for the pair...or $175 each
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #1254919 (stock #Misc184)
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$135.00
Hand made from quality leather and decorated with delicate thread embroidery at the toe tips and last border, the traditional pair of womans leather shoes would have been worn by a woman of some means...judging by their overall condition, these shoes have been worn a few times.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #1086407 (stock #Oc113)
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Wonderfully carved narrow mask from papau New Guinea, aka, PNG. 16.5 inches long x 1.5 inches wide
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1950 item #811766 (stock #Misc121)
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$425.00
This headdress would have been worn by a young Pashtun woman. It is heavily beaded and decorated with wonderful embroidery, and various buttons and coins. The Pashtun range across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. This hat was sourced in India but it may not have started there.

The head dress hat is 25 inches long and is in excellent condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #714061 (stock #Oc101)
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This is an accurate model of an outrigger canoe from the Ellice Islands, now the island nation of Tuvalva. The v-shaped hull is made of an upper and lower sections,sewn together with string of plant fiber and forming a notched prow which provides stability in ocean waves. There is fishing platform, complete with net, fishing fly and weight, a bailer, 2 paddles and 2 masts. Only the sails are missing.

Overall length of model canoe is 25". In several of the pictures, I have included a qua...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #752067 (stock #TC207)
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$175.00
Made from ox horn, and shaped into a perfectly balanced shoehorn, this antique Chinese folk art artifact serves in both form and function. There is a delicately carved design on the back. The handle part of the horn has eyes carved so that the piece takes the shape of an animal and there is a hole carved so that the shoehorn can be hung from a cord. I vaguely remember hearing that the Chinese inventing the shoehorn, but have not been able to verify this as historic fact.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #509177 (stock #TC110)
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$175.00
This is a charming traditional Chinese child's "wind hat" so called because of the protection the hat gives to the back of the neck. The silk threads of the satin stitched embroidery depict lots of flowers and butterflies. Hat is in good condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1287848 (stock #TC542)
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$175.00
The doodoo was an element of Chinese woman's costume which was worn covering the chest. This one has a money pocket ant is in pristine condition. With silk embroidered flower decoration on a satin weave cotton background fabric. The back is a simple piece of somspun indigo dyed fabric
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #1221561 (stock #TC514)
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Carved from animal horn this eyeglass case dates to the Qing Dynasty. What appears to be the original cord allows the case to be hung on a belt...The original toggle was replaced sometime (probably in the 50's) with current blue toggle...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #714241 (stock #TC191)
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This is an antique Chinese set of carved bone dominoes, complete with dice and original wooden box. Carved by hand sometime in the Qing dynasty, the 32 dominos vary abit in shape, size and thickness and the bone dice are a bit off cube.

The box is just under 5 inches x 2.5 inches x 1.5 inches.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #506720 (stock #TC108)
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$195.00
Traditional Chinese rural style pillow of bamboo. This pillow would be stored with legs folded under during the day. Good condition 16"x4" by 5" high with legs extended.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #514968 (stock #M113)
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I was thrilled to acquire this rare Mongolian textile. Utilizing all couching embroidery technique on red wool fabric, it depicts 2 golden dragons chasing the sun. The condition of this piece is remarkably good condition for its age, showing 2 small areas of repair on the top corners. It measures 40" long by 18" from the top to the bottom tip of the tasseles