Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #717657 (stock #03-61)
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A Chinese folk painting from a rural community in Shaanxi Province celebrates the beauty of pink lotus plants blooming in a pond. The lotus, emblem of purity and perfection, is highly regarded in China, where every part of the plant has a use--as food, medicine or cosmetics. Chinese artists often depicted the lotus along with ducks, as in this painting where the lotus plants are oversized in relation to the black ducks swimming in a stream through the stems...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #143968 (stock #39-04)
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The high crown, graceful hand position and body modeling of this 19th century Burmese Mandalay Buddha show strong Thai influence. This large lacquered and gilded carved wood image, which depicts Buddha passing into nirvana, rests on a wood pallet covered with deep red lacquer. Mandalay relief-moulded lacquer inset with bits of colored mica adorns the headband and body-hugging robe. The eyes are wide and realistic under upward sweeping brows, and the small mouth is upturned in a smile...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #817696 (stock #42-94)
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An important ceremonial weaving from the Batak people of Lake Toba in northern Sumatra, this ulos ragidup is their pattern of life cloth. It is the most significant of Batak tribal textiles, a powerful protector and soul cloth central to the rites of birth, marriage and death...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #167784 (stock #50-39)
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A 17th century Chinese interior window panel forms the top of this coffee table that is framed in aged Chinese elm wood. Coffee tables were not part of traditional Chinese furnishings, of course, but we sometimes have them custom made when we find suitably sized and particularly nice antique panels. This relatively spare panel is especially attractive, with the clean lines of its open fretwork emphasized by a few restrained carvings...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #132750 (stock #57-49)
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In Burma (now called Myanmar), lacquer receptacles called hsun-ok were used for centuries to carry gifts of food to the Buddhist monasteries. The tapered top of this early 20th century hsun-ok, which is of the particular shape called ok-kwet, is created by five trays that fit one on top of the next over the wide bottom footed bowl. The top is crowned by a small inverted bowl...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #707546 (stock #52-29)
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A Chinese scholar's stone from Laoshan Mountain in Shandong Province, China, has the craggy grey/green stone, known to collectors as Laoshan Lushi, embedded with a smooth and shiny knot-shaped vein of black stone that looks like onyx. The contrasting vein and the shape of the rock give it appeal from several sides and angles, a quality that was sought by Chinese scholar collectors who began nearly 1000 years ago bringing special stones into their studios for contemplation and display...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #387906 (stock #60-59)
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This late 18th/early 19th century apothecary chest once held an array of natural remedies that were mixed by the herbalist or doctor after customers recited their ailments. Characters painted on the face of each drawer to identify contents are worn and now only faintly visible. Further wear around the drawers and on the wood surfaces is evidence of its 150-plus years of use. Each small drawer is divided into thee sections, which would have had paper labels...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #776319 (stock #54-31)
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This mid-Qing bronze hu-shaped vase is in archaic style, with a wide band of taotie masks over a design of six descending blades. Similar motifs and shapes introduced in ceramic and bronze vessels during China's very early dynasties have been emulated by Chinese artisans down through the centuries to show their admiration for the work of their ancestors. Pear-shaped hu urns such as this one held wine and water. A relatively high foot gives it a more graceful silhouette than many hu vessels...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #263543 (stock #58-64)
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Of the many handsome utilitarian items made of wood that were in use in Chinese households during the Qing Dynasty, this two-piece fir tub is one of the most interesting. It was used to bathe infants. The larger bottom portion was filled with warm water and the infant placed in the removable shallow basin, which served both as bath tub and warmer. Tub and basin are constructed of staves held in place by brass straps...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #321558 (stock #60-02)
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Named "Lake and Lotus" by a former owner, this polished slab scholar's rock is classified as a "fantastic" or representational stone, one in which viewers see pictures from this and other worlds...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #149828 (stock #50-42)
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Birds, often used as a symbol of the beauty of nature on Chinese architectural carvings, are the theme of this 18th century camphor wood fretwork panel. The center section shows a bird on a flowering tree branch, and the unusual fretwork incorporates four birds with berries in their beaks. Carved panels in this size were used as interior windows or on screens. The panel is in good condition. Dimensions: height 34 1/2" (88 cm), width 13" (33 cm), depth 3/4" (2 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #294758 (stock #52-18)
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Hangings with auspicious symbols wishing good fortune and long life were deemed essential for newly married couples in provincial China. This pair of 19th century silk embroidered banners originated in Shaanxi Province and were made to be hung on either side of the marriage bed. Each banner is constructed of five shaped silk pieces arranged in a line from narrow at the top to wide at the bottom and held together with beads strung on silk thread...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #161850 (stock #51-54)
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An abundance of fine pierced carving gives this 19th century Chinese portal a lighter, more delicate look than generally found in Qing pieces of this scale. The center portion, with its graceful scrolling and carved tassels and beads, obviously was designed to herald the significance of one's passage beneath it. Touches of gilt on the rich red lacquer highlight carvings meant to convey important symbolic messages...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #799708 (stock #58-30)
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Excellent pierced carving of leaves and scrolling surrounds a circular piece of marble in this late 19th century Chinese piece...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #391693 (stock #33-22)
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From an area northeast of Tokyo once called Echigo, now Nigata Prefecture, this 19th century tansu is typical of those commissioned by a country family for a daughter. Constructed of thick pieces of zelkova wood and made to last, it may have been built by the family carpenter. A dark, transparent finish was applied on the nicely grained wood. The three squared off lockplates, drawer pulls mounted on flat rectangular backplates, and corner plates, all with the tea seedpod motif, are typical of th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #149757 (stock #52-17)
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During the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), this embroidered silk cloud collar was worn on special days by a little girl whose mother most likely spent months executing the fine needlework. Embroidery was the forerunner to painting in China and remained an important art form into the early years of the Republic Period (1912-1949). In a Chinese household, every piece of silk was embroidered--from shoes to bedcovers to screens. An embroidered silk cloud collar was an essential part of a girl's festi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #142085 (stock #57-23)
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In Burma, especially fine gifts to royalty or Buddhist monasteries were presented on an ornamental stand called a kalat. This early 20th century kalat is made of wood covered with glossy black lacquer on the outside and rich cinnabar-colored lacquer on the interior shallow tray. It stands on three legs with bottoms shaped to resemble bird feet. The protective dome-shaped lid allowed perishable goods to be piled festively on the tray, then covered and carried through the streets and finally put o...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #299917 (stock #58-52)
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Banded with braided bamboo, this 19th century Chinese pine shoe box has an unusual and graceful form. Curved wood staves fitted together in barrel-fashion flair out to handle level then taper to a smaller footprint. The front half of the lid is removable. Hardware, both decorative and utilitarian, includes a lid hasp that swings down over a metal plate to lock the lid in place, side carrying handles and three metal straps that secure the back portion of the lid to the box. Small boxes such as th...