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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #623494 (stock #TC151)
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$245.00
This small wooden box has a charming scene with 2 happy dragons carved into the sliding top. All 4 sides are carved. Late Qing period, box is in good condition, and measures 5" x 3" x 1.5
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1035479 (stock #TC335)
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$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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1235941 (stock #SEA147)
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This antique pipe has burl wood bowl with silver filling (one ring missing) and a horn mouthpiece which has obviously been well used. There are a few short residual threads from what was probably originally a tassel. It is a wonderful ethnographic relic of folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #1258071 (stock #Misc191 )
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Post section with "jewels" one side twists open to all for easy on and off...prefer to sell as pair...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1075007 (stock #TC355)
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Finely carved and once elaborately painted, this antique figure was probably from a small shrine. Clearly used and handled over the years, piece still has some areas of original paint. Some residual of an inked signature on bottom. carving may be of a monk or other religious figure. Stands about 2 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1215250 (stock #J180)
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$350.00
This Japanese hibachi is made from a single piece of Kiri wood, aka paulownia. A design of thick raised gold lacquer, aka Makie depicts Botan peony plant with added colors of pink and green for definition of flower and a single leaf. Hibachi comes with the original copper insert and the condition is very good. A couple of hard to find scratches and tiny (pinheadsize) dents on the top rim. Hibachi dates from late Meiji period. The size is approx 6.5" diameter x 6” high
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1268144 (stock #TC530)
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$175.00
This pair of matching fans came from an old wealthy collectors estate..along with several others. This pair is in pristine condition with dark wood handles (possible zitan wood) and fan section is basket type weave of unknown plant fiber, the silk tassels have gold bindings...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1300623 (stock #J203)
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Young serene standing Buddha on elaborate lotus stand. Buddha shows wear to gilding from age and handling exposing black lacquer under coat. late Meiji 1900-1920 Buddha is 9 inches and stand adds another 2.5 for total height of 11.5 inches
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1003427 (stock #TC325)
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This is the second of 4 small individual antique Chinese carvings which I am listing separately. I had always assumed them to be 4 of the eight immortals but upon close inspection, I am now not sure which gods, ancestors or legends they represent. Each character stands with its own faithful foo type dog and carries an implement of some kind. Each has a peg on the bottom which fits into the own homemade stand. This character stands 5.75 inches x 3 inches wide and 1 inch thick...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #684293 (stock #J111)
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This is a charming stoneware Japanese bowl censor from 1750. It fits perfectly into the hand carved wooden stand which was probably made for the incense burner around 1900. There are no makers marks on either the bowl on the stand for identification. Covered with a thick matte gray white glaze with iron flecks and decorated solely with 3 button tabs below the rim, the censor is a wonderful early example of Japanese mingei stoneware ceramics.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1100689 (stock #SEA146)
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This small sitting Buddha dates to the 16th century...The cast metal is somewhat deteriorated as would be expected. The names and borders of the countries of southeast Asia have changed and moved over the centuries which makes naming specific country of origin somewhat difficult....Thailand,Burma,Siam... This is a wonderful artifact of Southeast Asian religious culture. 4 inches tall...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1313296 (stock #TC7)
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There are a total of eight signs, each with a different "saying" having to do with well wishes. Due to the age of the calligraphy, and the vagueres of the old Chinese language, accurate translations have not been possible for each sign. Each sign is carved out of wood with raised wooden characters and inlayed with MOP flakes. Each is 21 inches tall and roughly 4.5 inches wide. I have listed them separately, to allow for pictures of each
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1098568 (stock #TC173)
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This embroidery panel was originally the front flip of a money belt. The background fabric is a low cut velvet the embroidery stitches are mostly chain stitches. Charming scene of flowers and fish with traditional chinese key border Almost 12 inches across at the widest and 7.5 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1146894 (stock #J176)
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Antique pair of Japanese samuri dolls aka musha ningyo representing the Empress Jingo and her faithful minister Takenouchi no Sukune. Unfortunately, the baby Ojin has been lost. Both dolls are beautifully detailed and in excellent condition. She is 9 inches tall and he is 6 inches tall. Shown on a home made stand
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1920 item #753507 (stock #TC209)
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$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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Baskets : Pre 1910 item #1006081 (stock #SEA137)
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Woven from wide bamboo strips, this lidded container was used for storing tobacco. Basket weaving was a traditional folk art throughout southeast Asia and most rural families relied on their own basketry skills to provide themselves with life's necessities.

This slightly miss-shaped container stands 8 inches tall and has the charm and patina which comes only with repeated use and age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1347625 (stock #T199)
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$250.00
Lovely old pair of matching Tibetan tea bowls. Carved from burl wood with silver/metal decoration around the foot and silver liner inside the bowls. bowls are roughly 2 inches high and 3.75 inches diameter across the rimmed bowl
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 : 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...

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 : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1205764 (stock #SEA142)
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This lacquer serving tray from Burma now called Myanmar) depicts an elaborate palace garden scene populated with nobles in court costumes. The tray is 14.5 inches across. The top surface is somewhat dulled from age end exposure. There is one small area of lost which is irregular in shape, approximately 1/4inch and is locate on toward the rim of the platter and a second area of loss approx 1/8 inch at the widest and follows the curve border rim design for about 1 inch(see pics 2 and 3.
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 : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #593434 (stock #T108)
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$175.00
Suspended from a small leather belt loop, this old Mongolian pipe pouch has trekked a long way. This ethnographic relic was clearly hand-made, with a simple closure of leather thongs tied into a traditional knot, and a few beads add a decorative element. For pipe cleaning, there is added piece of twisted metal wire decorated with green thread. Approx 12" long and about 3" at the widest point. It is a relic from a nomadic ethnic culture and its condition.....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1335869 (stock #J213)
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This Japanese 3 panel screen has carved wood frame and lower panels. The upper panels have decoration of carved birds, and eagle and fauna carved from either died bone or natural colored shell. The hinges are double swing so that the panels can be arranged in various positions... opened out the screen is 17 inches across and 14 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1125600 (stock #TC326)
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This is the 3rd of 4 small individual antique Chinese carvings which I am listing separately. This one looks like Shou Lao the Chinese god of longevity, who was often represented along with the immortals. Each has a peg on the bottom which fits into the own homemade stand
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1371132 (stock #TC563)
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$125.00
This tiny antique knife from the late Qing Dynasty has a wooden handle and fits into its shagreen covered scabbard...Clearly it was originally hung on a chain ...A scant 4 inches in total.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1910 item #1322558 (stock #J210)
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This large antique Japanese would have been used in rural villages by the peasants who would go into the fields and hills to collect various herbs. Hand woven from grape vine bark, the basket has rope handle which also goes through loops at the bottom of the basket to provide added support for the weight.

Really rare ethnographic item in unusually good condition. the basket alone measures roughly 18 inches x 12 inches x 3+ inches...

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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1281068 (stock #TC535)
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$325.00
This finely carved small 3 hole flower (plant) antique Ikebana type vase was sourced in China but design quality is very Japanese...Deeply carved dark dense,finely grained hardwood, possibly walnut, or zitan...feels wonderfully smooth...approximately 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches x 1.5 inches....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #835426 (stock #T136)
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$175.00
This Tibetan talisman has a sealed leather herb bag hanging on each side of a small bronze sitting Buddha which is also displayed in a leather casing. The Buddha is depicted as holding a small bottle. All 3 pieces are hanging from a matching leather strap so that it could be worn around the neck of the individual.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1148464 (stock #TC394)
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$250.00
This antique beaded headband is from Guang Dong province in China, and is typical of headgear worn by Chinese woman around the turn of the 19th-20th century. It would have been worn the narrow portion across the forehead, with the rounded flap portions covering the ears and fastened in the back of the head.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1299090 (stock #TC546)
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Nicely detailed winter well worn Lotus shoes complete with heal flaps and straps...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #657520 (stock #TC173)
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$325.00
This antique Chinese circular lidded container was made from a single valuable horn. It is a tribute to both the horn and the skill of the craftsman. Horn can be cut, and carved, but it is not a flexible material. According to my Chinese friends, the thinner and more translucent the horn, the more it is valued. The cross-section of an ox (buffalo)horn is oval, but a Yak horn is circular. This is a prized horn. Approx 4" high and 2.5" diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1218366 (stock #TC510)
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This antique tea caddy still has some tea in it, but the tea is so old it cannot be identified by smell. I would not try using it. The bamboo veneer is carved on each of the 6 sides, some scenes and some calligraphy. The calligraphy is old Chinese so translation is...not easily possible.