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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1960 item #1222647 (stock #24-24)
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$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 : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #286267 (stock #58-34)
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$250.00
Now an elegant mirror, this 19th century fretwork panel was once an interior window frame, part of the architectural detailing in a traditional Chinese house. The simple, richly colored elm wood fretwork at the top and bottom of the shaped wood oval is encased in a slightly darker double frame. A brass hanger at the top can be removed for further simplification. The mirror slips out of a slot at the top edge of the frame for easy cleaning. The panel is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #392459 (stock #55-22)
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$495.00
While traveling in Burma (Myanmar) many years ago, we were enchanted by the particularly sonorous sounds of Burmese bronze gongs. Our resulting small shipment of various sizes of these gongs remained in storage until we had stands made for them in China. The stands are constructed with traditional Chinese tenon joinery of aged, reclaimed elm wood. The bright red fabric-covered striker, hand sewn in Burma, has the proper degree of softness to produce a full sound from this relatively small gong, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1800 item #168223 (stock #50-21)
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$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 #881670 (stock #62-46)
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A late 19th century provincial Chinese stool has nice lines and a shaped seat. The Chinese were especially inventive with stool designs, and there are hundreds of styles of antique Chinese stools, from simple to ornate. Their portability made them as useful for a street barber as they were for a scholar’s house. This one has a handsome elm slab seat that shows evidence of long use. A look at the bottom of the legs indicates that two of them most likely have been replaced, as is frequently the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #278822 (stock #60-16)
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$250.00
As a nation of tea drinkers, the Chinese have lavished care on the artistry of implements associated with tea. This handsome wood box originated in Shaoxing, near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and was used for storing small, handle-less teacups. Wood boxes for this purpose were made throughout China in a variety of shapes, some with large, fold-down handles such as this one, some with fixed handles, some with no handles. The type and amount of carving and other decoration also varied but almost w...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #394992 (stock #55-14)
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$695.00
The low, rich sound of this Burmese temple gong is pleasant and gentle, yet impossible to ignore. We found the hand hammered bronze gong while traveling in Burma many years ago. We later had the stand, constructed of aged, reclaimed elm wood, custom made in China using traditional joinery methods. Thick, heavy bronze, blackened in the Burmese style, is responsible for the haunting sound of the gong. The striker, also made in Burma, has a hand sewn fabric cover. Dimensions of gong only: diameter ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1980 item #1104319 (stock #11-17)
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The fretwork in this vintage Chinese architectural panel combines both rounded and straight-edged pieces of elm wood to create a simple, elegant pattern. Large openwork panels such as this were handcrafted by artisans into many hundreds of fretwork designs and set within a variety of square, rectangle, round, hexagon and octagon frames to be used as interior windows in old Chinese houses, providing light, air circulation and a feeling of space. We have seen them recycled for present day archite...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #275941 (stock #56-16)
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$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 : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #797804 (stock #24-90)
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A pair of architectural panels from 19th century China have an elegantly simple fretwork design. Made of rosewood, the half-round pieces comprising the pattern are fitted together to form curving lines that emphasize the soft sheen of the smooth wood surfaces. Four abstract trees can be seen in the fretwork pattern. In China, these pieces may have been rescued from interior windows of an old house that was demolished, or they may have been part of a large canopied marriage bed. Both panels are ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #1119963 (stock #10.86)
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This traditional Chinese wedding basket, made of light-weight wood, has 25 different black and gold vignettes of Qing Dynasty life painted on its octagonal trays and lid. The tall black bent willow handle is wrapped in bamboo strips woven into a black-accented pattern. The base of the basket and the scene on the lid are framed with key patterns, another element typical of the profuse symbolic adornment often found on late Qing items, especially those associated with marriage. Two of the three tr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #905874 (stock #61-71)
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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 : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #929783 (stock #63-14)
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An especially handsome lacquer bowl, called a “kwet,” is from the Shan people, a southeast Asian tribal group living primarily in northeast Burma. Similar Shan bowls, though not identical to this one, are pictured in a book from the British Museum Press entitled “Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer” by Isaacs and Blurton, on pages 183 and 184, where they are labeled with the spelling “khwet.” This bowl has an inscription on the bottom that is difficult to deci...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #336461 (stock #60-64)
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$250.00
A 19th century Chinese lidded rice container is an appealing shape and perfect size to take on a new role as a small side table with cultural connections. This late Qing era storage container is constructed of elm wood staves with three metal bands, handsomely done in the manner of many Chinese handcrafted utilitarian items of that period. Calligraphy on the bottom attests to its origins. With its pear shape and solid flat lid, this piece moves easily from its origin in rural China to a spot nex...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #926234 (stock #33-92)
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This is a late 19th century Chinese altar table that has been altered for use as a table behind a low sofa. Altar tables typically have the shallow depth needed for a table placed behind a sofa but often are too high for that use. That is most likely why this one, somewhere along the way, had its legs shortened by a few inches. While its antique value was adversely affected by the alteration, its usability, at least from a Western point of view, may have been enhanced. The wood, elm in a rich m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1126165 (stock #12-57)
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$290.00
This late Qing scholar’s box has a removable dark red and gold carved front panel that secures four drawers behind it. The intended interpretation of the gilded garden scene carving is a mystery: A man and woman appear to be observing or celebrating an object, possibly a manuscript, tied with a rope into a bundle that is suspended above them from an overhanging flowering branch. It is interesting to speculate that perhaps the scholar just completed some important writing and this is a celebrat...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #345229 (stock #51-28)
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$225.00
A simple and elegant wood altar with clean lines and expert craftsmanship, this display stand and cover were made to hold a small Buddha for devotion at home. Delicate pierced carving frames the interior display area. The box lid, which slides down to cover the display area, has a round front "window" with similar pierced carving that allows the image inside to "see" and be seen. The cover protected the statue when the altar was not being used for devotions. A rich, dark red stain gives the rose...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #321080 (stock #56-28)
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$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 ...