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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1837 VR item #894121 (stock #07-61)
Silk Road Gallery
$890.00
A merchant’s money box, or zeni-bako, from Japan’s Edo Period carries an inscription that reads, “Purchased one lucky day in November in the 12th year of Bunsei,” which was 1829. The small copper coins in use at that time were called “zeni” and led to the development of simple, strong boxes for merchants to store coins during the business day. This box is made of thick keyaki wood and fitted with an iron lock and hasp. The top is constructed in two sections with a hole in the middle ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Hardstones : Pre 1980 item #924123 (stock #17-40)
Silk Road Gallery
$120.00
Candle holders, carved in East Java of onyx mined from a mountain not far from the shop, have a clean design that emphasizes the natural patterns created by striations in the stone. Produced in the late 1980s, and hopefully still being produced today, such contemporary lines stand in interesting contrast to much Indonesian art, especially that of East Java, where forms typically recall the more ornate style of the Majapahit empire. These pieces are in perfect condition. Dimensions: height 8 ¼...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #332092 (stock #56-19)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
Beautifully designed and constructed of curved wood staves with a wrapped bamboo handle, this lidded container was used to carry tools needed by lamp lighters on their rounds. Five bands of ornamental carving encircle the basket. The lid is centered with a round carving representing the four points of the compass, and the base is carved with a diaper pattern in key design. The carvings, though plentiful, are restrained in execution and serve to emphasize the wonderfully balanced shape of the con...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #650510 (stock #62-20)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,100.00
Nicely grained beechwood gives this pair of late 19th century Chinese panels a smooth, satin-like finish. The fretwork design is elegantly simple but required numerous carefully cut and carved pieces of wood fitted together to create the look of an interlocking wood chain. The panels were used in a horizontal orientation and most likely were part of a large day bed. The metal hangers are new and recently added. These panels are ideally sized for use as headboards over twin beds. They are in exce...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #758950 (stock #27-29)
Silk Road Gallery
$995.00
This nicely proportioned early 20th century brass samovar from the Republic of Georgia has a Russian maker's seal on the top front. It is one of a number of interesting acquisitions made by Silk Road Gallery owners as they explored a little known branch of the ancient Silk Route that once passed through Tbilisi, Georgia's capital. As a country that geographically and historically bridges East and West, and that was closed off to the world during its 70 years as part of the USSR, Georgia is a ric...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1800 item #168223 (stock #50-21)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,200.00
The unusual fretwork on this two-panel screen is more reminiscent of an old European cathedral than 18th century Hubei Province in China where it originated. Although at first glance it looks plain, almost severe, its appeal is in the details. The 12 vertical bars on each panel are separated with 36 small carved designs in two different shapes--one a diamond shape centered with a tiny flower, the other a cross centered with a circle. The vertical bars are pegged top and bottom into a series of c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #847598 (stock #60-21)
Silk Road Gallery
$470.00
This Qing Dynasty scholar’s box has four rosewood doors hand painted with ivory-colored flowers and foliage, following the traditional practice of Chinese scholars to surround themselves in their studios with reminders of nature. Made to be displayed on a table or desk, the box was used to store carved signature seals, ink sticks and other small items. The rosewood door panels are set within hand carved elm beading and frames, and the front, sides and top of the piece are made of elm wood in a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #903041 (stock #62-43)
Silk Road Gallery
$560.00
An early 20th century Chinese trunk is covered on all sides with leather in a deep wine color. The front is centered with a hasp on a circular brass back plate, and side handles and hinges also are brass. Such old Chinese leather trunks have great character and adapt nicely to second lives as casual coffee tables with storage. This piece is in solid condition and has the expected dings and dents of its age. Dimensions: height 15” (38 cm), width 32” (81.3 cm), depth 23 ½” (59.8 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #905874 (stock #61-71)
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SOLD
This late Qing Dynasty grain chest from Shaanxi Province in China has a softly faded painting on its front doors of two turtle doves in front of lotus blossoms, Chinese emblem of purity and perfection. The birds and flowers are in a large roundel encircled with loose scrolling. Made of poplar wood using Chinese mortise and tenon construction, the piece is solid and strong, built to hold quite a bit of weight. The removable doors swing open on wood pegs that ride in grooves on the top and bottom ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #259258 (stock #58-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$450.00
This 19th century Chinese carved wood architectural panel, once part of a large, richly decorated canopied marriage bed, has been fitted with a mirror. The gilded carvings of a bat and two fish on the lower part of the panel are examples of the use in China during the Qing Dynasty of symbols derived from homonyms to convey important wishes for the future. The similar sounds of the characters for "bat" and "happiness," both pronounced "fu," resulted in a fondness for bat carvings that were hoped ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #995663 (stock #42-40)
Silk Road Gallery
$580.00
This late Qing Dynasty pendulum clock in a carved wood case has a glass front hand painted with a double happiness symbol encircled by flowers. The brass pendulum swings behind the happiness symbol and the hour is announced with a pleasant chime tone produced by a small mallet striking a metal shell. The springs for the timing mechanism and chime are wound separately with a key (which is included) inserted into the clock face. The carving and shape of the wood case suggest Victorian design infl...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #638991 (stock #62-45)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,600.00
Fine relief carving on this late Qing Chinese bed panel expresses symbolic wishes for good fortune. Made of beautifully grained hongmu (Chinese mahogany), the long panel (88 inches) is suitable for use over a king-sized bed. Stylized characters and traditional symbols, most likely chosen by the parents who commissioned the work, were used to bestow wishes on the newly married couple for long and happy lives. Carvings within the three rectangular sections demonstrate the Chinese love of homonyms....
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1960 item #1222647 (stock #24-24)
Silk Road Gallery
$895.00
This vintage Chinese baluster cloisonné floor urn is a study in beautiful shades of blue—powder blue, through turquoise and violet to midnight blue—on a white background. The pattern of starburst flowers, scrolling foliage and leaves is exceptionally crisp due to the “cloisonner” process that defines each small area of enameled color within its own brass wire “cage.” The pattern is sparked with touches of cinnabar red. A three-inch band of the cloisonné pattern en...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #275941 (stock #56-16)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
A small fish is carved into the handle of this late 19th century Chinese water pail. Its two-piece lid and festive red color indicate it most likely was used in the house to store drinking water rather than to carry water from a well or stream. A character written on the bottom of the base may indicate the identity of the artisan. The body of the wood pail is constructed of staves fitted into an oval shape in barrel fashion and held together with twisted brass wire. Remove one or both sides of t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #321080 (stock #56-28)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
This low bench with four drawers was used by a street barber in 19th century China as a portable stool for his customers, to carry his tools and as a money box. Since such benches essentially served as the barber's shop, they were solidly built, generally with widely splayed legs, and usually with some decorative touches. Note the carving along the bottom edges. For an old illustration of a barber carrying a similar bench on one end of a long pole, balanced on the other end by a small stove for ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #949627 (stock #04-23)
Silk Road Gallery
$325.00
A large wood rice measure from early 20th century Korea, made in a uniquely Korean shape, adapts nicely to a second life as a plant holder. We have also seen these sturdy containers turned over and used as a stool or small table. Originally used to measure rice, it is made of thick planks of zelkova (keyaki) wood fitted together and held in place with black metal bands. The ear-like handles and heavy bottom obviously are hand-hewn. Hangul characters carved into the side indicate the measurement ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #946568 (stock #04-01)
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SOLD
This Japanese ceramic hibachi from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912) has a country scene—a rustic dwelling snuggled amid old trees, hills and distant mountains. Ceramic hibachi were introduced in Meiji times as portable alternatives to the larger copper-lined wood hibachi and the heavier bronze receptacles. Whether ceramic or metal, hibachi held glowing charcoal embers used as a source of heat during cold Japanese winters. The ceramic ones generally were placed under low tables (kotatsu) that...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #680180 (stock #60-90)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
Made of beautifully grained willow wood, this early 20th century Chinese water carrier is just the right size and shape to hold magazines or newspapers. The tall handle is centered with a well done carving of a tree branch and two pomegranates, a traditional symbol of fertility in old China. The oval-shaped body of the vessel is made of curved willow wood staves fitted tightly together and held with two brass bands. Although the piece seems too handsome for its intended use as a water pail, the ...