Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1900 item #332862 (stock #08-47)
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Used in Japan during the hot summer months, these sliding reed doors allowed cooling breezes to circulate yet afforded privacy. This set, from late Meiji Period, has mellowed to a rich golden color. The frame and top portion of the doors are light-weight kiri wood. Bamboo trims the reeds and open area at the top of the screen. On the reverse sides of the doors, the reeds are trimmed with horizontal kiri wood strips for extra strength...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Architectural : Decorations : Pre 1910 item #635842 (stock #62-30)
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This Japanese ranma (interior transom) from the late Meiji Period shows a graceful curved bridge (taiko-bashi) leading across calm water to a grove of trees. The quiet scene, created with pierced carving on a nicely grained wood panel, is framed with a narrow black lacquered liner and an outer red lacquered frame...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1900 item #723499 (stock #62-39)
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The carving is the great appeal on this 19th century Chinese elm wood altar table. Fine pierced lacy scrolling extends across the front, forming a graceful curved apron. Meticulous carvings of perfectly groomed Pekinese or "fou" dogs cavorting amid the scrolling add interest and Qing Period detail. At each end of the apron the carved dogs play with balls; in the center they stand guard over four carved scrolls, an emblem of learning...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1980 item #691148 (stock #04-79)
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A graceful low table from Thailand has a concave top to hold offerings of flowers or fruit. The table is made of Thai teak, which has not been available for a number of years due to a government prohibition on harvesting in the endangered teak forests. The Cambodian and Burmese teak now used in Thailand have a different grain and color. The satin-like wood on this piece is unadorned except for nicely handcarved blossoms that encircle the rim, a design with a quiet, serene Asian feel...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1900 item #538845 (stock #41-48)
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This early 19th century Tibetan cabinet is painted with flowers and foliage that revealed original deep colors as we painstakingly removed layers of soot from the surface. A combination of the high Himalayan climate and soot from yak butter lamps has the fortunate result of protecting colors on painted Tibetan furniture. The inside of this piece still retains the wonderful exotic odor of burning lamps...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1920 item #647539 (stock #62-32)
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Used as an interior transom over wide sliding doors, this early 20th century Japanese ranma was designed to allow light and air to pass through the open top section. The carved wood panel is gently curved along the top providing a nice effect within the rectangular frame. Black lacquer edging emphasizes the curve and reflects a bit of light. The carved scene is a charming Japanese house set within a grove of trees overlooking the sea, boats and snow-capped mountains in the distance...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1837 VR item #853210 (stock #60-50)
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Scenes of village life painted on this late 18th/early 19th century Chinese cabinet give it folk art charm. Drawn in black, similar to a brush painting, and highlighted with touches of gold, villagers stroll among pavilions, trees and flowers shown against a rich red background. The paintings have faded to an appealing patina. A sliding bolt on a brass hasp secures the two doors, which swing out on pegs that ride in grooves, eliminating the need for hinges...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Accessories : Boxes : Pre 1900 item #294478 (stock #58-73)
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Black ink-like sketches on woven reed panels give this skillfully made 19th century Chinese basket added appeal. The twelve sketches are of various symbolic plants, flowers and fruit. Shaped like a bird in flight, the unusual handle is wrapped in bamboo strips at the thick mid-section and on the thinner ends, where the bamboo is woven into a black and natural-color pattern...