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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1188568 (stock #M164)
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Originally, this was the largest of a set of 3 graduated matching silver necklaces. They were worn as a set for festival by the Miao Chinese Ethnic Minority women. The necklace was skillfully hand-formed from a sheet of silver into a curving tapered tube with a reposse pattern of 2 dragons chasing pearl. It spans 10.5 inches across.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #618862 (stock #M118)
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Beautifully carved powder horn from Chinese Miao ethnic minority over 90 years old from Guizhou Province. The underside of the horn is full of old writing. Unfortunately, no one can read the old writing. Around the turn of the century the forests around the Miao villages were full of game and the men would frequently hunt for game to provide family meals. Unfortunately, most of the game has diminished and many of the hunting skills are forgotten.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1094077 (stock #M161)
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This old Chinese necklace is from either the Dong or Miao minority group. The central medallion is domed on the front and flat on the back. The weight of the medallion indicates that it is hollow. It depicts a minority style dragon from minority legend. With the assortment of items dangling, the necklace is reminiscent of a chatelaine.

the central medallion diameter is just over 4 inches and from the top of the medallion to the bottom of the longest drop is approx 7 inches. It can eas...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1095654 (stock #M162)
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$1200.00
This is a heavy Chines necklace which was worn by the Dong ethnic minority women. It can be worn and also makes a very impressive display artifact.

The bib front and back are domed to a thickness of about 1 inch at the center and the piece spans over 10 inches side to side. The weight of the piece (approx 2 lbs)indicates that the piece is definately not hollow

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1298663 (stock #M)
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$195.00
Women of the Miao Chinese minority did not cut their hat...when the hair was worn "bun Style" on the top of the head, the comb would be positioned horizontally, with the tynes pushed under the "bun"...and the silver dangles would hang down...the actual "comb" is hand carved and covered with silver for decoration...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1301345 (stock #TC549)
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Spectacles were only affordable for the very wealthy in China during the 1800's. The lenses were ground from crystal of various shades. Because of the cost, if a lens or frames were broken the remaining pieces would be refitted into a replacement set...as happened with this pair of antique Chinese eyeglasses. The vestiges of the original fitting remain on the left lens.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1920 item #753507 (stock #TC209)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$85.00
This Chinese doll was made with a wire body covered with fabric padding and then silk clothing. His heads, lower arms and feet are made from some kind of composition material and then painted. Because of his wire construction, his arms, legs, and body etc can be carefully repositioned. The feet are wired together to provide a more stable base...it is a theory which frankly does not always work well.

This doll is approx 10 inches tall in standing position and is wearing a "raincoat" ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #506559 (stock #TC106)
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$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 : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1013797 (stock #TC332)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #696769 (stock #TC183)
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$325.00
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 : 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 : 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 : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1287388 (stock #TC541)
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$125.00
Personal care items with long handles to reach the back...the brush is carved from wood and the back scratcher is carved from bamboo...roughly 22 23 inches long...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #757569 (stock #TC213)
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May be sold separately $135 each
These Chinese long wooden bobbins were used for winding thread for routine sewing chores. As a household tool, used by generations of women within the family, they were hand carved and painted with the continious use in mind. Inside each bobbin there is a small bead which freely moves back and forth and acts as a noise maker when the bobbin is in motion...or falling to the floor.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #509186 (stock #TC111)
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$210.00
This rare Qing Dynasty mirror folds flat for storage and traveling. The hand-carved wooden frame depicts bamboo stalks, and the mirror cover carving depicts an iris plant in full bloom. The cover drops forward and down thru the legs to the rear where it acts as a back support while the mirror is in use. Protected by a rear wood panel, the original silvered glass mirror does show its age. It can be easily replaced by sliding the rear wooden panel upward. The bottom of the front frame shows so...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #752655 (stock #M123)
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$225.00
Though sourced from northern China, this antique powder flask is most likely Chinese ethnic minority from the southern regions. There are 3 flasks for carrying gun powder. Used rifle cartridges are used both as stoppers and bullets are held in the shaped spacers between the powder flasks. It was made by shaping and then sewing 2 pieces of heavy leather (probably elephant hide)together.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #505974 (stock #TC105)
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$115.00
A must have for any lotus shoe collector. This iron was used for pressing lotus shoes. The thin curved end was useful for getting into the toe area. Made of iron, it is somewhat rusty-i.e. pleasantly aged. Length tip to tip is 13"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Ivory : Pre 1920 item #1373124 (stock #TC)
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$115.00
These 6 antique Chinese needlework implements were brought to the US by the American Baptist missionary Rebecca Cloud-Stewart. They range in size from 3-6 inches long...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Ivory : Pre 1900 item #771284 (stock #TC222)
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$195.00
This antique toggle was sourced from China. I suspect that was originally from Tibet. The carved circular markings on bottom of 2 of the sides of the toggle are more typical of the ethnic minorities.

Toggle is almost 2 inches long and .5 inches x .5 inches.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #628452 (stock #TC155)
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Used by the bride for wedding this elaborate kingfisher feather crown is a very old and rare piece. The oldest kingfisher ornaments were made by glueing the feathers onto heavy paper. Metal wire was only used to attach pieces together. Both paper and the feathers are fragile, so not many of these old pieces have survived. This one is in average to good condition, some paper loss and some feather loss. It has its original long silk tassels and large glass beads though some of the small beads...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1107938 (stock #TC377)
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sold
This Qing Dynasty scroll is a kossu woven silk tapestry (kesi is the Japanese term) meticuliously depicts the famous Chinese painting scroll by Ding Yunpeng called The White Horse Carrying Sutras. The original painting was done in 1625 and illustrates the story of the 2 monks who traveled through Western China with a white horse carrying the Buddhas Scriptures. The original hangs in the National Palace Museum (Forbiddon City in TaiPei).

The kossu textile is in excellant condition. It is sur...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1700 item #942718 (stock #TC295)
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This antique Chinese offering cup would have been filled with water for Buddha and left at the temple alter. It dates from WanLi Reign during the Ming Dynasty.

The cup is black lacquer, peach shaped for long life, has a footed bottom, and ornate finger stops on each side. It has several nicks and chips as is appropriate for its age. The cup is 1.25 inches high and 3 inches across at the widest point.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1096324 (stock #TC371)
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This traditional Chinese antique tea container was made from bamboo. The outside has a carved rib design and was lacquered black. This tea caddy would have been used regularly by family and friends during the Qing dynasty. The inside lid is stamped with the manufacturers information.

The tea caddy is 10 inches tall and shows patinated wear marks and chips in the lacquer surface which would be expected on a piece of this age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #815119 (stock #TC237)
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This small antique Chinese wooden storage container was used for calligraphy implements. Inksticks would have been held in the rear center compartment. Calligraphy brushes would have been held upright on the right and left side compartments. Seals or chops would have been stored in the lidded section. Originally painted with black lacquer, this piece has great age and wear patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1097822 (stock #TC372)
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$150.00
This lacquered leather pillow would have been owned by a wealthy family during the Qing dynasty. Each end has a hand painted floral design with Chinese "well wishing" saying.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1138895 (stock #TC387)
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$125.00
This antique Chinese lotus shaped serving tray is elaborately inlayed with Mother of Pearl. The MOP design covers the surface of the tray and also goes about the exterior face of the narrow rim. Wood is most likely ebony and tray dates from mid 18th century.

Condition: All the MOP inlay is intact but there are numerous tiny nicks and chips in the surface finish on the inside and outside edges of the rim surround. Most of these nicks can only be seen when the edges are caught in a specific ligh...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #871813 (stock #TC258)
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$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 : Glass : Pre 1900 item #1097435 (stock #TC370)
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This antique Chinese glass bead was used as a toggle during the 1800's. I measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1359194 (stock #TC562)
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$650.00
This large Chinese scale has metal balance beams and shallow metal bowls. The scale fits into an ornately carved red and black lacquer wooden case which is slightly domed and has its original copper band closure. There is some wood chip loss around what was the hole for the string which allowed the case to be hung up for storage. Dating from the 1800's the braided cords which attach the shallow bowls to the metal balance beam appear to be replacement cords. The hand-twisted and knotted cord...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1315539 (stock #TC555)
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$225.00
This Antique woven basket was typical of the baskets used in the kitchens of Hunan Province China. This particular style would have been used for rice storage...The red and black lacquer design is painted on all 4 sides. the interior is painted black lacquer. Condition is good considering age and usage of basket as a utilitarian item ..a few nicks and chips in the paint. 12 inches in diameter across the top. 9 inches high plus another 2 inches for the handles...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #742339 (stock #TC199)
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$275.00
This plain pot metal vessel was used to contain hair oil during the reign of Chinese Emperor Daoquang about 1850. Standing about 6 inches high and 3.5 inches diameter at the widest point, a woman would dip her comb into the oil before combing her hair. I do have an identical matched pair of these but am selling them separately.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #993048 (stock #TC318)
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$195.00
This antique Chinese lock has a nicely patinated surface and is is working order. Measures 3.8 inches across.
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 : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #928734 (stock #TC282)
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$240.00
This old Chinese container would have been used by a poor farmer or fisherman to carry his lunch, and tea while he was off working for the day. The main container has 2 sections and there is an additional rimmed tray which fits just inside below the tightly fitted lid. All 3 pieces are made from very tightly woven from 2 different types of plant materials.

Roughly 9 inches x 9 inches x 4 inches, with a richly patinated surface, this container is a wonderful ethnographic artifact from anot...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1900 item #983655 (stock #TC316)
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$1200.00
Sometimes assumed by Westerners as "medical models" these are Chinese fertility dolls. As ritual items, they rarely come onto the market. Used by several Chinese ethnic minority cultures, including the Miao, Yao and Naxi, the old fertility dolls were hand carved, anatomically correct and with pegged and jointed limbs. The hair styles and head gear would vary depending on the minority group. Dolls representing the hopeful parents to be and often the son that was wished for were consecrated by t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1328360 (stock #EMT)
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sold
Wonderful satin stitch embroidery of flowers and butterflies decorate this charming antique Chinese Miao baby hat. The front has 4 silver Buddha ornaments and the back sports the traditional Miao ornament of a butterfly with dangling bells to protect the child from evil spirits. The hat is softly padded to keep baby's head warm.