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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1980 item #669616 (stock #61-37)
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A finely detailed miniature from Kishangarh, this painting has the lyrical quality that characterizes much of the work from this area in the state of Rajasthan in India. Two delicate figures sit in the foreground within an elaborate setting of cushions, flowers, arches and windows, all rendered in tiny intricate designs. Both are richly dressed and heavily jeweled. They gaze into each others eyes before drinking a toast, he from a bowl, she from a tiny cup. This idealized scene, influenced by M...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1800 item #279346 (stock #08-14)
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Elements of folk art blended with features of a classical Burmese Buddha give great charm to this unusual 18th century lacquered and gilded wood figure. The face is finely carved and serene, with well defined brows, downcast eyes and expressive lips. The ears, angled nearly straight out with jaunty flying lobes, and the exaggerated, very high finial are areas where the carver departed tradition in expression, perhaps, of his own personal image of the Buddha. The body is quite rounded and the han...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #837398 (stock #41-08)
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A heavy 200-year-old pipe from Burma is made of clay mixed with a generous amount of sand. Such sturdy unglazed pipes and other utilitarian items were produced for centuries in Burma’s provincial pottery villages using primitive techniques developed during the Pagan Period. This pipe is very similar to those excavated in earlier times, illustrated in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, p. 205. It has two small chips on the edges of the bow...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #933778 (stock #11-05)
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A royal Buddha, with right thumb and forefinger forming a circle, the vitarka mudra, sits in lotus position on a high double lotus throne. The vitarka gesture, sign of the Buddhist wheel of law, signifies intellectual discussion of philosophy and doctrine. This is one of several variations of the mudra, also conveyed with the circle sign given by the hand raised with palm outward, or the hand palm up resting in the lap. This figure, carved of dense Burmese teak wood, is attired in the distinc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1800 item #291897 (stock #02-34)
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Inscriptions cover the left and back sides of the throne under this 18th century seated Burmese Shan Buddha. Made of lacquered wood coated with gilt, the figure is graceful and well proportioned, with a finely carved face. Long, tilted eyes under high eyebrows that sweep upward toward the hairline are the most arresting features of the peaceful face, which is smoothly capped in dark lacquer and topped with an exceptionally tall finial. Hands and robe details are simple and realistic; the feet, d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1076254 (stock #12-49)
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This late 18th/early 19th century Chinese wood Buddha, nearly three feet tall, is carved in the Udayana image, an iconic pose used to portray the Shakyamuni Buddha. The figure, standing on a double lotus throne, gazes imperturbably out at the world with right hand extended in varada mudra, the Buddhist gesture of charity and blessings. Covering the entire wood surface are strong remains of original paint—russet , indigo and soft green define robes and throne; face, arms, hands and feet are ...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #768880 (stock #03-83)
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This charming Chinese folk painting of embroidered felt liners for shoes comes from a rural area in the north of Shaanxi Province. It was painted by a peasant woman who used for her subject the embroidery she was doing for her children, and so merges the centuries-old folk tradition of needlework with the artistic expression of paint on paper. The Luochuan painting community was among more than 50 such groups that began emerging in China in the late 1950s. (See "The Best of Modern Chinese Folk P...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #638991 (stock #62-45)
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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #362142 (stock #60-67)
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Vignettes painted primarily in shades of green, tawny reds and ochre decorate two sides and the lid of this late 19th century Chinese trunk. Scenes depict an elegant gentleman offering a fan to a lady, a couple with their servant, and on the lid, two warriors in battle regalia. The ends of the trunk have metal handles inset over paintings of flowers. The background is a very dark, almost black, green and the octagonal shape is formed by wood pieces fitted together. Lidded boxes such as this, onc...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 2000 item #700671 (stock #18-59)
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Three bamboo cages made by fishermen in Japan to harvest shrimp are wonderful examples of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Organic forms, simplicity and imperfections render these humble objects beautiful and timeless. (The Japanese cultural concept of wabi-sabi is nicely presented in the small book "Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers" by Leonard Koren, Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, California, 1994.) These three bamboo forms together take on new life as an unusual piec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #761334 (stock #45-20)
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Colorful embroidered silk shapes linked together with beads and loops create these long, mobile-like bedside hangings from late 19th century China. The auspicious shapes and symbols convey wishes for a long and successful life. These were made in Shaanxi Province, hung on either side of a bed, and originally, of course, were displayed without frames and glass as shown here. Each hanging is assembled from nine cutout shapes. The bottom black section is edged with a ruyi shape, emblem of long life...