Asian Antiques by Silk Road
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. Marble gazing was somewhat like cloud gazing in Qing Dynasty China, when pieces of "pictorial" marble were set into furniture and hung on walls as art. Patterns in the marble veins were said to resemble mountains, water scenes, or auspicious flowers and birds. This piece, with its beautifully carved hardwood frame, looks quite Victorian and is in very good condition...
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 : Middle Eastern : Pre 1960 item #637397 (stock #61-04)
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Noah and his ark are shown in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature that was painted on a page taken from a 19th century Islamic manuscript. Noah, a revered Muslim prophet, was a favorite subject of Turkish miniaturists. The ark, as imagined by these painters, was often a fanciful vessel. Here it is a bowl-shaped boat with a gold animal that perhaps represented a sea creature serving as the bow and a curved gold tail jutting from the stern...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #673848 (stock #63-67)
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This carved wood Buddha from Burma has an especially compelling open and friendly countenance. The half-closed eyes gaze calmly and directly at you whether the figure is placed at eye level or above. The right hand, pointed down in bhumisparsa mudra, is carved so the fingers bend ever so slightly outward, inviting touch. Rounded carving on the figure, the robe and the double lotus throne conveys softness, an effect that is heightened in contrast to the sharp points on the spiked hair and finial...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #389535 (stock #53-76)
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We found this beautifully grained, partially hollowed tree trunk in Korea, where it was used to pound rice. With the addition of a glass top, it has been transformed into a table with lots of charm and a story to tell. Age is difficult to establish on such an item but we were told, and the amount of wear corroborates, that this tree trunk became a rice pounding table sometime during the late 19th century. The wood also is difficult to identify with certainty...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #191366 (stock #58-94)
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From Shanxi Province in Western China, this mid-19th century bamboo chair could be described in present-day terms as "funky." It also can accurately be described as comfortable, sturdy and light, another example of the versatility of bamboo. The chair is in very good condition; the seat most likely is a replacement. See our catalogue listing #191373 for a similar chair. Dimensions: height 17 1/2" (45 cm) at seat and 27 1/2" (70 cm)at back, width 17 1/2" (45 cm), depth 15" (38 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #264361 (stock #56-26)
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Made of wood covered with glossy red lacquer, this shallow lidded box with its tall carved handle is a Qing Dynasty example of form following function. It was designed specifically for the purpose of holding and serving Chinese pancakes, and probably was used at 19th century banquets where Peking duck (now Beijing duck) was served. The lid is centered with a carving of a fish, symbol of plenty. The unusual shape and warm color make this a wonderful decorative object. It is in excellent condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #156826 (stock #39-37)
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Incised pewter covers half the surface of this 500-year-old Yixing teapot. Yixing pottery comes from the small town of Dingshan in Yixing County in southern Jiangsu Province, just west of Lake Taihu. Teapots were made there as early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279) but it was in the 16th century that the industry developed its reputation among scholars and artists, who praised, made, inscribed and collected Yixing teapots...
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 2000 item #831702 (stock #03-66)
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In vibrant shades of blue on a black background, this painting by Chinese folk artist Luo Zhi Jiang has a sophisticated, dream-like quality that seems worlds away from the painter’s rural home base in Huxian County, Shaanxi Province. Luo Zhi Jiang is one of the few Chinese so-called “peasant painters” to establish a reputation abroad. We first met the artist at the Huxian Painting Community in the early 1990s and were struck by his vision and talent...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #762583 (stock #10-53)
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Three elephants carry this Shan Buddha seated in padmasana position with right hand in earth-touching mudra. The early 20th century figure is carved of teak wood sealed with lacquer and gilded. Thayo, a thickened lacquer, defines edging on the robe and adornments on the heads of the elephants. The Shan, a Southeast Asian minority people living primarily in Burma, produced a wide repertoire of Buddha figures in celebration of their devout Buddhist faith...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #797340 (stock #56-20)
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Chinese skill at basketry is on display in this late Qing woven bamboo lantern basket. Colored a rich, dark red, the ovoid form, set on a gold-colored bent bamboo base and topped with a tall bent handle, is a striking piece of utilitarian folk art. Six different weaving techniques are incorporated to add to the tactile quality...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1910 item #389192 (stock #53-77)
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Made of luminous elm wood, this early 20th century two-piece Korean cabinet originated in South Chwengchung Province...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #138337 (stock #57-12)
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19th century Burmese lacquer three-piece covered container used to carry offerings of food to the monasteries. Adding to the pleasing patina of this piece are small areas of cinnabar-colored lacquer showing through in places where the top layers of black lacquer were worn away by use. The Burmese lacquerware process for items such as this began with the construction of the object in bamboo, light wood, or woven horsehair. This was sealed with a mixture of clay and lacquer, then put in a moist, ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1837 VR item #380368 (stock #61-45)
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Life in the 18th century palace of the Maharajah and Maharani of Delhi is depicted in this miniature that shows a strong Mughal influence blended with other Indian schools, primarily Rajput. The mixture of the Mughal style with various schools of painting that evolved regionally has produced some of the most compelling Indian miniatures. This early 19th century work is headed with portraits of the royal couple and Urdu calligraphy. Liberal touches of gold, a legacy from Persia, add richness to t...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #283193 (stock #17-28)
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This 16th century Chinese export plate, with its blue/grey designs, thick glaze and sandy, reddish body, typifies a category of Swatow Ware known as Kitchen Ming. Shipped from the South China port of Swatow throughout Southeast Asia, it is the least refined of Swatow export wares and is collected for its spontaneity of design and earthy appeal. The character "shou" for longevity seen in the center of this plate commonly was applied to Kitchen Ming items with a very wet brush in a free manner, g...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #293944 (stock #60-12)
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A Lake Taihu scholar's rock in a reddish hue is balanced here on a wood base that adds tension and intrigue. This piece is beautiful when viewed from any angle, the hallmark of a fine stone. Rocks from Lake Taihu in southern Jiangsu Province near Suzhou originally were collected in much larger sizes for use in gardens. During the Tang Dynasty, these rocks with many craters were highly prized and appear in Tang garden paintings and poetry. It was not until much later in the Ming and Qing Dynastie...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #416134 (stock #61-27)
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Two peacocks perch smartly atop this early 20th century silver comb from the state of Rajasthan in North India. The handle is a reservoir for scented oil dispensed in small amounts as the comb is drawn through the hair. A cap between the peacocks screws out to allow the handle cavity to be filled. Etchings, each centered with a different flower and surrounded by foliage, cover both sides of the handle. The peacocks, Hindu symbol of immortality, give this unusual piece the regal Rajasthani look. ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #380743 (stock #56-08)
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In old Japanese farmhouses, large, shallow bamboo baskets such as this one were used for growing silkworms. The baskets were lined with mulberry leaves, then suspended horizontally up under the eaves. According to stories from the days when silk production was still a cottage industry in Japan, the worms ate so voraciously that in the quiet of the night the sound of their chewing on the leaves echoed throughout the houses. Today these old baskets are used as decorative items, adding texture and ...