Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #850952 (stock #64-08)
Silk Road Gallery
$330.00
This late 19th century bronze bell is cast in same design as the huge bells that are prominent features outside Buddhist temples and monasteries throughout Burma. It hangs from a metal crossbar that also supports a U-shaped handle flanked with “to-naya” (snake-like dragons) that match those on the bell hanger. Unlike the huge bells that weigh a ton or more and are struck on the outside with a large wooden mallet, this bell has a clapper that, despite its smaller size, produces a rich and son...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #860292 (stock #31-27)
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A pair of pulleys that were used on a hand loom in Burma show the Burmese love for exuberant decorative elements on objects for everyday use. The tall carved peacocks are larger than the pulleys, and may have been just one of a number of such decorations on a woman’s loom. Simple household objects are traditionally well made and attractive in Burma, where no lines are drawn between fine arts and folk or applied arts. The peacock, emblem of the Kon-baung Dynasty (1752-1885), remains a favorite ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #674602 (stock #61-74)
Silk Road Gallery
$120.00
A still life by Vietnamese artist Pham Luc, this watercolor shows the exuberant style and warm colors that have characterized his paintings for many decades. Now in his late 60s, Pham Luc is among the Hanoi painters who attracted the attention of collectors and galleries in Hong Kong and Singapore when foreigners began going back into Vietnam after the war. Pham Luc was known first in Vietnam as the "soldier painter" for work he produced while he was in the army. After graduating from the Hanoi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1239618 (stock #63-26)
Silk Road Gallery
$500.00
This cinnabar-colored four-piece lacquer box from late 19th century Burma has intricate designs incised in fine black lines on its hatbox-style lid, high-sided container and two trays. The tortoise shell design is interspersed with small circles, and the lid top is centered with a gold-accented drawing of a character in native dress. Cylindrical boxes such as this, called “kun-it,” were designed for storing and serving ingredients to assemble a quid, or chew, of betel, a mild stimulant tha...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 1970 item #1248968 (stock #03-90)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #1235821 (stock #14-70)
Silk Road Gallery
$275.00
A teakwood jewelry box with deep carvings of lotus flowers, dragons and a peacock recalls Nepal’s old city of Bhaktapur, where streets are lined with lavishly carved windows and courtyards and above it all are the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas as a backdrop. This piece has 14 “secret” compartments hidden in the top, middle and lower levels inside the box (see photo enlargements #4, 5 and 6). The lid slides off to reveal the top six compartments, which in turn slide to allow access t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #168849 (stock #08-45)
Silk Road Gallery
$650.00
Sliding reed doors such as these late Meiji Period fusuma were used in Japan during the hot summer months to replace shoji screens and solid doors. The reeds allowed cooling breezes to circulate yet afforded privacy. On these doors, the reeds are carefully arranged so the darker areas form a wave pattern. They are held in place by horizontal strips of bamboo on one side and kiri wood on the other. The frame and top portion of the doors are made of light-weight kiri wood. Doors play an important ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #905329 (stock #27-57)
Silk Road Gallery
$800.00
A magnificent silver belt is made of 112 separate silver rectangles, all of them hallmarked, fitted closely together around a leather strap. This piece belonged to a family from the Republic of Georgia who identified the belt as Russian, and sold it not long after Georgia declared its independence following the demise of the USSR. Hallmarks appear to be in Cyrillic and, while difficult to decipher, resemble the letters “MP,” which may be an identification of the silversmith. Four of the rec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #763043 (stock #18-20)
Silk Road Gallery
$500.00
The phoenix, emblem of peace, shimmers in shades of yellow, blue and purple on both sides of this Meiji era silk obi. A background pattern in cream and brown provides a counterpoint to the colorful birds and flowers. This is a "hitoe" obi, which means it is woven and unlined, meant to be worn during the hot Japanese summers. Hitoe obi were made in varying widths and lengths and in either single or double layers. This one, at 12-3/4 feet long and nearly 13 inches wide is exceptionally large for a...
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 : Pottery : Pre 1837 VR item #765057 (stock #38-58)
Silk Road Gallery
$895.00
This Chinese pottery vase has a tri-color glaze of green, brown and blue/grey streaming randomly down over the surface, stopping just short of covering the buff base. Two animal masks and rings molded along the side, together with its shape and sancai glaze, give this mid-Qing piece the look of a much earlier Han urn. Chinese potters, in veneration of the skills of their ancestors, often created work that mirrored earlier styles, unwittingly adding confusion for latter day collectors attempting ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #666659 (stock #41-59)
Silk Road Gallery
$795.00
An ancient form of calligraphy was used in this scroll by an early 20th century Chinese scholar to express his admiration for the work of a fellow calligrapher. Loosely translated as "clever hand," the characters have a bold and charming quality that allows them to be appreciated as abstract art apart from the sentiment they convey. Circa 1920, this piece is signed and sealed by the calligrapher Li Fung Gung. The calligraphy, on paper, is in very good condition and is mounted on silk. The scrol...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1126165 (stock #12-57)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #145210 (stock #38-57)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #890110 (stock #52-16)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #877988 (stock #60-68)
Silk Road Gallery
$600.00
Vignettes from Chinese operas are painted on this octagonal late Qing wood trunk. Rendered primarily in orange/red, cream and black, and framed in red and blue, the scenes float on a striking turquoise background. On one side of the piece, a large dramatic orange/red flower painting gives variety to the colorful vignettes. The trunk, or lidded box, may have been used to store costumes for a traveling opera company. Or, it may have been used in a Chinese opera-loving household. It has metal carry...
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 : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1240251 (stock #11-28)
Silk Road Gallery
$240.00
A 19th century silver charm necklace from China’s late Qing Dynasty has four auspicious symbols hanging on short chains from a crest-shaped pendant of Buddhist iconography. At the center of the crest are crossed rhinoceros horns, symbol of happiness and one of the Chinese eight treasures. At the tip of each horn is a small sauvastika, derived from ancient Sanskrit and meaning “so be it.” (The sauvastika has its crampons directed to the left, unlike the notorious 20th century swastika sy...