Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #912459 (stock #07-53)
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$390.00
Sake dispensed from this large ceramic cask served late 19th century patrons in Saga Prefecture on Japan’s south island of Kyushu. The turquoise logo of a path between two wooded hills shows the cask held Seiryu Sake. The other side of the cask proclaims the name of the sake shop, Murata Saketen, and its address. The Kanji, in vivid underglaze cobalt with the splash of turquoise, and the design, rice stalks in relief extending up two sides of the container, make this an unusual and especially...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 1970 item #1248968 (stock #03-90)
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$230.00
The vibrant colors in this original Chinese folk painting celebrate two beloved symbols— lotus, emblem of summer and fruitfulness, and ducks, emblems of felicity and joy. Used for centuries across Asia, these symbols are among those found in ancient Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu texts as well as in both antique and contemporary fine art and folk art. This large gouache on paper painting originated in Huxian County, a rural area in Shaanxi Province, where the first Chinese peasant painting commu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #396830 (stock #39-38)
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$1,200.00
Shimmering gold and blue tiles represent scales on this 200-year-old naga (sea dragon) that stands 50 inches (127 cm) tall. Used in Thailand as temple roof finials or in pairs at entrances to guard against evil spirits and natural disasters, the powerful, mystical naga are among the most revered Buddhist symbols. With its soaring, curving form and large size this particular naga is especially sculptural. It shows the emerging outline of the sinuous Thai cho-fa, a simplified, streamlined shape th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #261283 (stock #57-66)
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$175.00
The lid of this 19th century Burmese lacquer traveler's box is incised with a charming scene of two figures, separated by a tree, each of them with one hand raised in a farewell wave. Made by layering many coats of lacquer over a base constructed of fine strips of coiled bamboo, Burmese lacquerware is light and durable. The design on this box is hand drawn using a method called yun-incising. Lines were incised through the top coats of black lacquer to reveal the persimmon-colored lacquer underne...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #784578 (stock #04-17)
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$600.00
The gorgeous padded silk on this late 19th century Japanese obi has the softness and subtle sheen found only on fine old obi. Unlike the stiff lining usually found on the maru style, a pliable padding was used on this one, which makes it smooth and inviting to the touch. The silver and apricot flowers gleam on a warm brown background. As a maru obi, the patterned silk covers both sides of the 12-3/4 foot length. The piece is in excellent condition throughout. Measurements: length 152" (381 cm), ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #295039 (stock #27-73)
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$195.00
Hallmarked and dated 1894, this silver salt cellar from Georgia, the beautiful little country at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, stands on three ball feet. Flowers and leaves engraved on the side are centered with a plain cartouche. Art and design from Georgia, a geographic and cultural bridge between East and West, draws on both Asian and European aesthetic traditions. This salt cellar leans more toward the small country's European side. It is in very good condition. Dimensio...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1128330 (stock #12-20)
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$670.00
A gilded Mandalay Buddha standing two feet tall strikes a graceful pose, with right hand in the varada mudra of charity and the fulfillment of wishes. Carved of dense Burmese teak wood, this early to mid-20th century figure is coated with a dark red matte lacquer highlighted with a liberal application of gilding. This Buddha’s finely carved face is striking, with especially large elongated eyes and brows. Elaborate draping and folds on the robe are emphasized with gilded scrolling and beading...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #895012 (stock #60-42)
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This late 19th century Chinese utility jar has a glaze of such inviting color that it elevates the piece to folk art status. The primarily turquoise glaze has areas of deep blue and purple, and then stops short of the base showing a glimpse of brown. From Jiangsu, known as China’s ceramics province, this heavy piece has no chips or cracks but does have two firing flaws on one side (see photo enlargement #4). Dimensions: height 9 “ (23 cm), diameter 10” (25.4 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #260971 (stock #35-97)
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$495.00
Bold stylized characters wishing double happiness take on an abstract look on this tall mid 19th century Qing Dynasty vase. Two sets of vivid characters on the neck of the vase and four sets around the body are surrounded by a dense network of lighter blue tendrils and patterns of lines, circles and triangles. Modelled Pekinese dogs are paired to form the handles. The vase is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 17" (43 cm), diameter 7 1/2" (19 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #914262 (stock #62-26)
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$560.00
This Meiji era ranma, an interior transom, was an integral part of the architecture of an old Japanese frame house. Within those houses, moveable partitions of wide sliding doors (fusuma) were used to define rooms, allowing the flexible use of space. The ranma was suspended above the fusuma to fill a gap between the tops of the doors and the ceiling. Pierced carvings on these wood transoms facilitated circulation of air and light throughout the house as well as adding a decorative element. Carve...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1345209 (stock #64-46)
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Eight bronze weights, commonly known as opium weights, are cast in the image of a mythical wild goose. The bird, referred to as "hintha" in Burmese or as "hamsa" in Sanskrit, is regarded as a sacred icon and also is the symbol of Burma's Mon People. Weights in the forms of mythical birds and animals were used in Burma from the 18th century into the 20th century to weigh small household items purchased in the marketplaces. Over the years, they became known as "opium" weights, but according to S...
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 : Fine Art : Mixed Media : Two Dimensional : Pre 2000 item #788778 (stock #28-37)
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$250.00
A mixed media study by Tblisi, Georgia, artist Lali Lomtadze puts branches, transparent flowers and floating debris into a lacy composition that combines both the order and chaos of nature. It is one of a series by the Tbilisi, Georgia, artist in which she closely examines small bits of nature placed haphazardly into containers. Lali Lomtadze has had solo shows beginning in the mid 1980s in Japan, Sweden, Russia, Poland and Ukraine. Her work has been in joint exhibitions in the U.S., Germany, De...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1837 VR item #784126 (stock #33-54)
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$375.00
An 18th century Chinese oil pitcher has a thick glaze decorated with blue calligraphy done in the loose, free "wet brush" manner. Collected for its spontaneity of design, Swatow ware with this type of calligraphy was made in South China and exported from the port of Swatow to countries throughout Southeast Asia. The cursive characters were applied with a very wet brush, depositing heavier, darker color at the ends of the strokes. Though similar in design and color to the Swatow plates known as "...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #782459 (stock #52-15)
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$530.00
A silk collar from the late Qing Dynasty is made of six embroidered lappets shaped to resemble clouds. Cloud icons, evolved from archaic pictographs, have been used in Chinese art for thousands of years to symbolize abundance and the nourishment of life. This collar was worn on festival days by a young girl whose mother designed and embroidered it with six auspicious flowers and six auspicious insects to convey added good wishes for her daughter's future. The embroidery is done in a beautifully ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #167518 (stock #16-44)
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$160.00
This primitive carved wood mask is from the Batak people who live around mystical Lake Toba in the northern reaches of the island of Sumatra. The small collection of Batak protector masks pictured in this catalogue (see them all under our category "Tribal") shows the fascinating range of facial expressions artisans were able to achieve in these relatively simply carved masks. This particular mask is unusual because the face appears to be smiling; its world class bloodshot eyes, however, are simi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #141341 (stock #40-05)
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$550.00
Cast about 30 years ago, this replica bronze Buddha head is in the style of Thailand's Sukhothai Kingdom. The Sukhothai period, which lasted from the mid-13th century to the end of the 14th century, is often called "The Golden Age of Thai Civilization." Religious art and architecture from this period are regarded by many art historians as representing the most classic of Thai styles. The face of a Sukhothai Buddha is immediately recognizable for its regal, commanding look, with heavily lidded ey...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #167528 (stock #16-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$160.00
This primitive carved wood mask is from the Batak people who live around mystical Lake Toba in the northern reaches of the island of Sumatra. The small collection of Batak protector masks pictured in this catalogue (see them all under our category "Tribal") shows the fascinating range of expressions artisans were able to achieve in these relatively simple carvings. The impression conveyed by this particular mask is that of a keen observer somewhat stunned and perplexed by what he sees--a Batak v...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #902690 (stock #38-56)
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$600.00
An early 18th century inkstone has a gourd-shaped ink pool cut into a deep black stone slab that, along with brushes, ink and paper, represented what was referred to in Chinese literature as “the four precious things of the library.” Among the four objects, inkstones were considered the most important, the soul of the scholar’s library, because they were said to represent “the infinite subtlety of nature.” Although they appear to be relatively humble objects, inkstones were praised, co...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #787238 (stock #55-95)
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$120.00
Handmade silver tubes of various lengths are strung together to form this simple, unusual necklace from Tbilisi, Georgia, a beautiful little country in the Caucasus region at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Made of two separate strands, the necklace may have been part of an ethnic costume or just the decorative invention of a home artisan. Dating this necklace is guesswork as a search on Georgian ethnography gave no clue except discussions of the popularity of "silversmith str...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #936671 (stock #41-17)
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$1,800.00
A dolomite plaque carved with the eight great scenes in the life of Buddha dates to the early 16th century during Burma’s Ava Period (1364 -1752 A.D). Plaques from as early as 700 A.D. depicting these eight events have been unearthed in Burma, and during the Pagan Period (1084-1287 A.D.) carved tablets representing the eight episodes became prevalent. This dolomite (limestone) piece has Pagan attributes such as the definition of the robe on the central Buddha but signals of its later Ava orig...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #981876 (stock #10-47)
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$890.00
A classic Burmese bronze Buddha from the late 19th/early 20th century, with the simple, unadorned lines of the Ava Period, is softened with roundness in the face and body. The stepped throne, rather than the traditional diamond shape, also is rounded, adding to the settled, secure look of the figure. Legacies of the traditional Ava style also are seen in the well defined brow over lowered eyes, the slight smile, and a band separating hair and forehead. It was a common practice during the 19th a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #880614 (stock #11-06)
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This large dramatic sculpture of a royal Buddha in classic Arakan style is two feet tall and crowned with curled open-work flanges flanking five intricately rendered leaf-covered spires. The practice of outfitting Buddha images in such regal style is said to have started in the Arakan Kingdom that flourished from 1287 to 1752 AD, when it became part of Burma. According to legend, an Arakan king named Jambupati (or Jambuphati) was causing suffering due to his excessive arrogance and pride. In ord...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #934316 (stock #32-73)
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$395.00
A mid-19th century Chinese pottery utility jar gets its spontaneity and vitality from thick earthy glazes applied in random drips and dabs of green, cream and brown over a Shiwan clay body. The area around Shiwan in the southern province of Guangdong produced a tremendous range of ceramics over many hundreds of years, from folk figurines to roof tiles to fine works by master potters. Shiwan utility jars such as this one were molded into standard shapes and produced in quantity. The glaze is w...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #810505 (stock #37-65)
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$700.00
Two panels of Chinese calligraphy convey an exotic and compelling vision: “In the amber light . . . hear the sound of drums and dance and fly like a bird.” Written in free-flowing cursive script, these late 20th century panels are mounted on grey silk appropriate for framing or scrolling. A fascinating window into Chinese history, calligraphy began with oracle bone script in the 11th and 12 centuries BC and progressed through various styles of script—seal, clerical, standard, and cursive. ...
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 : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1900 item #257200 (stock #03-17)
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$400.00
The naga, Southeast Asia's "dragon of the sea," is a favorite protector throughout the region. This one, of weathered teak wood, is from Thailand where naga often are seen in pairs at entrances to temple grounds and positioned at intervals along roof lines. They are there to ward off evil spirits and natural disaster just as the naga is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he meditated under a bo tree. This one still has traces of yellow paint, and most likely was studded with bri...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #793558 (stock #36-59)
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$330.00
A village canal scene is done in tawny tones against a gauzy background by contemporary Shanghai painter Zhao-Nian Xi. The artist works primarily in watercolor on paper, and has focused particularly on small villages near Shanghai where life centers on a network of canals. He often chooses to leave portions of his scenes shrouded in mist as he did here with the top of the curved bridge and the more distant house. Zhao-Nian Xi was born in 1944 and was graduated from the Shanghai School of Fine Ar...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #362142 (stock #60-67)
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$600.00
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #698608 (stock #30-99)
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$395.00
This triptych tableau featuring the Buddhist earth goddess, Wathundaye, is carved of teak and fitted with wood hinges to form a folding altar. The mid-20th century piece is from the countryside in Burma, where Wathundaye is a revered Buddhist icon. She is shown in the act of wringing water from her long hair, depicting a Jataka story that credits her with using the water to drown the evil Mara and his armies who were attempting to disrupt Buddha's path to enlightenment as he meditated under the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #191478 (stock #41-10)
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This is a museum-quality 16th century bronze Ava Buddha with a dedication inscription on the back of the high stepped throne. The bronze has aged to a wonderful black patina, and remaining gold leaf on the finely modeled figure and throne adds richness. The face has sweeping brows and well executed eyes. The high usnisha is topped with a narrow lotus bud finial. The Buddha sits in interlocking lotus position with the bottoms of both feet prominently displayed. Subtle, pleasing designs mark the e...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #145210 (stock #38-57)
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$390.00
The wide wing span of a bird forms the top of this mid-19th century Qing Dynasty inkstone. The dark purple-grey stone is unusually shallow for an inkstone, which contributes to the sleek look of the bird motif. Scholars selected inkstones with great care and had them carved with symbols they hoped would encourage and inspire their higher sentiments as they created poetry, calligraphy and paintings. This inkstone is in perfect condition, with a nice ink-coated patina and a well used ink grinding ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #767712 (stock #15-82)
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$500.00
A silk brocade maru obi from Japan's late Meiji Period is covered along both sides of its nearly 13-foot length with fans, each one decorated with flowers and leaves of symbolic significance. The green silk has the soft, lustrous surface that gives antique obi their unique appeal. Brocaded on the fans, adding touches of silver, rust, dark green and light green on the medium green background, are plum blossoms, pine needles, bamboo stalks and fall leaves, all associated with the seasons and long ...
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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #511168 (stock #52-23)
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$1,200.00
This very large, striking 19th century Chinese embroidered silk collar was made to be worn over a silk robe on festive occasions. The collar was created from 40 separate petal-shaped pieces of black silk fanned around a lined neck band. Outer petals are embroidered with 20 different colorful butterflies; inner petals have 20 different vases holding a variety of flowers. Backed with white silk and set within a traditional Asian frame, this costume piece from China's past is now dramatic wall art....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #266405 (stock #57-62)
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$450.00
Elegantly executed designs in red, yellow and green on a black background decorate this 19th century Burmese lacquer box. Called a "bi-it," this beautifully crafted container held combs, oil, perfume and sandalwood powder. The unusual scene on the lid shows a man and woman walking among trees collecting fruit. Their multi-patterned traditional clothing is drawn in great detail. Graceful flowers, calligraphy with a wish for happiness, and the signature of the maker decorate the sides of the lid a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #189896 (stock #57-04)
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$250.00
The Buddha with two attending monks and a prince, all of them contemplating a small monkey, make up the tableau in this late 19th century Burmese temple painting. Done in tempura on cotton, the large painting has a signature in the lower left, although most Burmese artists of the period produced only Buddhist works destined for monasteries or temples and did not establish reputations or followings. The two monks may represent Sariputta and Mogallana, Buddha's two chief disciples. A number of sto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #838315 (stock #41-63)
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$425.00
A peacock embroidered in jewel tones stands on a low tree peony branch on this large red silk wall hanging from the late Qing period. During China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties, the peacock was used as a symbol of rank and also was presented as recognition for meritorious service. It symbolized beauty and dignity, and often was combined, as here, with the tree peony, emblem of Spring and good fortune. This peacock, its tail and wings spread wide against the red silk, is regal in shades of teal, p...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #805608 (stock #27-77)
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Georgians love wine. They produce it with quality and drink it in quantity. During a Georgian celebratory dinner, called a supra, the host leads toasts throughout an evening of good food, wine and fellowship that is a treasured national tradition. Distinctively Georgian wine vessels are a part of that culture. This ram’s horn supra toasting cup has a wide band of silver over copper around the drinking end and is capped on the other end with an embossed silvered copper tube that ends in the sha...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #153013 (stock #35-95)
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$290.00
A bearded scholar gestures with a fan in this late 19th century Chinese relief carving. In old China, a fan often was used by scholars and officials as part of a gesture to emphasize a special point. Two visitors, a man and a woman, are shown outside the scholar's studio, which is suggested by a bit of roofline, window and a vase of flowers. Carved below the roundel is stylized bat, symbol of good fortune. A hanger has been added to the carving, which may have been an element in a large architec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #921672 (stock #58-63)
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A large basket from China’s late Qing Dynasty has a sturdy weave of reeds bordered by two wide bands of bent willow, originally painted with bright flowers that now are faded. An example of the provincial Chinese skill and artistry devoted to utilitarian objects, the basket is designed to form two serving bowls when fully opened. Dumplings were stored and served in this container, which is from the western region of Shaanxi, where excellent dumplings are a source of provincial pride. A metal r...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1960 item #878356 (stock #56-07)
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Carved bone chessmen patterned after Nepalese and Indian royalty and their subjects make up this mid-20th century bone chess set from Nepal. Both kings wear elaborate costumes. One of them is carved with multiple mustachioed faces; the other is in hunting regalia with his long hair hanging down his back. The buxom queens have heavy brows and wear patterned head scarves. Knights are winged horses, rooks are elephants, bishops are camels, and pawns are long-haired attendants in uniform. These han...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1837 VR item #894121 (stock #07-61)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1245861 (stock #57-74)
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$500.00
A Khmer face with full lips, short nose and eyes that tilt upward at the outer corners identifies the Cambodian origin of this early 20th century cast metal standing Buddha. The gesture of blessing and protection, abhaya mudra, is conveyed with the right hand, and both palms are incised with the Buddhist wheel of law. A high lotus finial tops tight curls on the rounded head. The torso is bare to the waist where a body-hugging robe is defined with deep incising around the hips and on a panel ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #890110 (stock #52-16)
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$450.00
An embroidered silk cloud collar made for a child in late 19th century China has seven silk lappets, each embroidered with a lamb. In both city and provincial households, embroidery, an ancient Chinese art form, used symbolic animals, birds and flowers in free designs to express hopes for the future of family members. The lambs on this charming Shaanxi Province collar symbolized filial piety, an important Confucian trait that was encouraged on this piece seven times over. Called cloud collars, s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #168408 (stock #15-40)
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$900.00
Susani (sometimes spelled "suzani") is the word for "needle" in Farsi, and the large embroidered dowry textiles of Turkic groups are so named because of the many hundreds of hours of needlework required to produce them. This one is from Uzbekistan, where Uzbeks and Tadzhiks share similar textile traditions with the Turkmen and other neighboring peoples in Central Asia. Susani designs and colors vary quite a bit from one locale to another, and the city of origin often is apparent at a glance to s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #786538 (stock #10-40)
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$790.00
This bronze Buddha, with attributes true to Burma's late Ava period of the 1600s, was cast a few hundred years later in the late 19th/early 20th century. It was common practice for Burmese artisans of later periods to copy styles that originated much earlier, sometimes mixing attributes from several periods and regions. In this beautifully cast handsome Buddha, the form follows the Ava look in all respects. The wide forehead, lowered eyes, well-defined nose and small, slightly upturned lips comb...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #678034 (stock #63-44)
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$595.00
Seated in lotus position, this early 20th century bronze Burmese Buddha has classic Ava features. The right hand is in bhumisparsa mudra (earth touching, centering), the robe is quite simple, the face triangular with small upturned mouth and the head is topped with an onion-shaped finial--all Ava attributes. Unlike the more ornate double lotus throne seen on many Ava figures, however, this Buddha of later vintage sits on a plain waisted throne. The relatively small size and simplicity of the thr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1014401 (stock #14-83)
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$430.00
Flatwoven Kilim bags such as this one were used centuries ago by the nomadic Turkic tribes of Central Asia. The bags were made in various shapes and sizes to hold everything from salt to liquids to household goods. Woven of a combination of camel hair and wool, this bag is from the Uzbek people. The weaving is spectacular—tight enough to hold water—with a clean, intricate pattern inside six horizontal bands. Called “ jabors” or ” juvals,” rectangular bags in this size were tied to ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #152889 (stock #14-79)
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$395.00
The kilim bags of the Central Asian Turkmen nomads were woven of camel or goat hair, sometimes combined with wool, on transportable looms. This tightly woven camel hair bag perhaps was made while the weaver was traveling by camel to a new location. Called jaloors or juvals, these rectangular kilim sacks were used to transport and store household effects and goods for trade. This one has three wide bands with geometric designs on a rich red background. The back is natural camel color. It is bound...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #774625 (stock #38-14)
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$250.00
Cherry-red blossoms cover this woven silk summer obi from late Meiji era Japan. Silver leaves and centers on the flowers give depth to the tapestry-like weave. Hitoe (meaning single layer) obi were unlined, lighter and brighter than more formal obi styles. On this one, the fabric is folded back over about one-third of the length of the obi so the reverse side of the weave did not show when the obi was tied. Old obi make handsome bed throws, table runners and other decorative accent pieces. This ...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Thai : Pre 1990 item #937270 (stock #01-81)
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$135.00
A charming hand woven and decorated basket of split bamboo made in an Isan village in Northeastern Thailand is smoothed on the exterior with an application of brick red lacquer thickened with ash. Yellow and green flowers and dots on black grounds give the basket folk appeal. The Isan (also Isaan) people, though sometimes called Thai Isan, are a blend of Lao, Mon and and Khmer, and have their own language, which is Lao-like but written in the Thai alphabet. They are primarily agrarian and live i...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #705474 (stock #61-35)
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$325.00
A Rajasthani botanical miniature on handmade paper by Bikaner artist Raju Swami is green and gold with deep gold flowers shading to orange/red. An exotic white butterfly hovers over the meticulously veined flowers. Bikaner, a remote walled desert town in western India, has a miniaturist tradition in both Mughal and Rajasthani styles. This artist, who grinds his own mineral colors and makes his own brushes that sometimes consist of only a few squirrel hairs, produces particularly fine botanicals....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #332092 (stock #56-19)
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$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 : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1222323 (stock #06-28)
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$420.00
Misty pine and bamboo with the soft look of a brush painting meander across the smooth ceramic surface of this early 20th century blue and white Japanese hibachi. The soft and loose look of a brush painting is heightened by contrasting borders in a precise brocade-like design. Pine and bamboo have been used as decorative elements in Japan for centuries to symbolize longevity. We acquired this piece in 1989 while living in Japan, where we first saw Westerners adapting these wonderfully decorative...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 1990 item #677672 (stock #12-21)
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$375.00
In a folk painting from Huxian County, Shaanxi Province, two charming little girls are seen from the back as they walk to school. One of them appears to be whispering a secret to her friend. Gouache on paper, the painting is unsigned, as is typical for such folk pieces. Huxian (Huhsien) was China's first peasant painting community, established in 1958 in a rural region about an hour's drive outside the city of Xian. From Huxian the peasant painting movement spread across China and by 1989 there ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #985475 (stock #55-25)
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This hand hammered bronze gong from Burma emits a mid-range mellow tone when struck at the center of its starburst pattern with a padded mallet. Hanging circular gongs of this sort are used in a Burmese orchestra, where an ornate lacquered wood gong circle, called a “kyi waing” surrounds 20 or so gongs of graduated sizes and tones. Gongs of various sizes also are used for Buddhist rites in temples and monasteries throughout Burma. When created for use as musical instruments, these carefully ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #275354 (stock #58-27)
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$250.00
Dark elm wood fretwork is surrounded with a frame of lighter elm and backed with a mirror to bring this 19th century Chinese architectural panel new decorative purpose. The framed panel has been fitted with a removable metal hanger and constructed with a slot to allow the mirror to slide out for cleaning. The piece is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 22 1/2" (57 cm), width 15" (38 cm), depth 1 3/4" (4 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1236303 (stock #32-28)
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This Japanese ceramic hibachi from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912) has a wonderful meandering design of orange persimmons on a branch overhanging black-centered white flowers. Both persimmons and flowers stand out in stark contrast to blue foliage and the vessel’s lighter soft blue background. Ceramic hibachi were introduced in Meiji times as alternatives to larger copper-lined wood hibachi and heavy bronze receptacles. Hibachi held glowing charcoal embers used as a source of heat during c...