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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 : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #136356 (stock #39-11)
Silk Road Gallery
$795.00
The Chinese goddess of mercy, Guanyin, is carved in relief riding on the back of a dragon whose feet are supported by clouds. Although the stone is irregularly cut around the edges, the carving appears to have been done as a stand-alone tablet rather than as part of a larger plaque. The Buddhist bodhisattva Guanyin has been a popular Chinese figure for centuries. This carving possibly was displayed outside as the face of the goddess is slightly weathered. The rest of the piece is in excellent co...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #321080 (stock #56-28)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
This low bench with four drawers was used by a street barber in 19th century China as a portable stool for his customers, to carry his tools and as a money box. Since such benches essentially served as the barber's shop, they were solidly built, generally with widely splayed legs, and usually with some decorative touches. Note the carving along the bottom edges. For an old illustration of a barber carrying a similar bench on one end of a long pole, balanced on the other end by a small stove for ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #259258 (stock #58-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$450.00
This 19th century Chinese carved wood architectural panel, once part of a large, richly decorated canopied marriage bed, has been fitted with a mirror. The gilded carvings of a bat and two fish on the lower part of the panel are examples of the use in China during the Qing Dynasty of symbols derived from homonyms to convey important wishes for the future. The similar sounds of the characters for "bat" and "happiness," both pronounced "fu," resulted in a fondness for bat carvings that were hoped ...
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #846956 (stock #36-69)
Silk Road Gallery
$330.00
A mist-shrouded water scene in soft colors centers on a small houseboat being poled up a canal. This watercolor by contemporary Shanghai painter Zhao-Nian Xi, sealed by the artist in the lower right corner, is characteristic of his technique of using large muted or blank spaces to focus attention on one element. In his scenes of villages along a network of canals near Shanghai, he delivers in each a small, intimate look at one aspect of life. This watercolor is matted and is in excellent condit...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1128953 (stock #10-73)
Silk Road Gallery
$200.00
This Yao painting of tribal ancestor spirits originally was part of a set of 27 scrolls that comprised a full Yao (Mien) Bible. (See photos and descriptions of a complete set archived on our website www.silkroad1.com by entering 57-33 in the search box.) This painting is one of two “orphan” bible pages we found that most likely were replaced in a bible with similar new paintings, which is sometimes done to refresh the set. Bible paintings that are replaced are “decommissioned” by a Ya...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #898500 (stock #63-30)
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SOLD
A late 19th century lacquer betel box from Burma is incised in an intricate pattern called “yok-thei,” with tiny dancers swirling through vegetal scrolling. The small design, primarily red and green, is punctuated with black and green circles that look like launching pads for the flying stylized dancers. (For a betel box with a similar yok-thei pattern, see color plate # 41 in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994.) This is one of the more...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #678833 (stock #08-31)
Silk Road Gallery
$360.00
Made of handbeaten copper, lidded urns in this design continue to be used for household water storage in Kathmandu, Nepal, where many homes do not have running water. Daily trips to community wells are made, usually by women, who carry water home in narrow necked vessels, then pour it into containers like this. Copper vessels of all sorts still are made in Patan, the artisan section of the city, where small back streets echo with the sounds of copper and other metals being beaten into bowls, po...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #909778 (stock #11-02)
Silk Road Gallery
$875.00
This crowned Shan Buddha sits in bhadrasana, or Western position, on a tall stepped throne of unusual design. The carved teak wood figure has the winged side flanges and spired crown centered with high finial that identify royal Buddha figures from Burma. Shan artisans often added Arakanese accoutrements such as long ear pieces and ornate epaulets and chest ornaments to jambhupati (crowned) Buddha but this one has none of those; instead, the artisan provided a striking throne that nicely balanc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #1237426 (stock #11-19)
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Remarkable carving skill makes this late 19th/early 20th century container a handsome relic of the days when time and care were given to making utilitarian objects for Chinese households. The pleasingly clean form is created by the curved handle and spout, each carved seamlessly as part of staves that are integrated with 13 additional staves to form the container. A symbol carefully carved and gilded on the handle most likely had a significant meaning for the family. This piece, from Zheijian...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #1119963 (stock #10.86)
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This traditional Chinese wedding basket, made of light-weight wood, has 25 different black and gold vignettes of Qing Dynasty life painted on its octagonal trays and lid. The tall black bent willow handle is wrapped in bamboo strips woven into a black-accented pattern. The base of the basket and the scene on the lid are framed with key patterns, another element typical of the profuse symbolic adornment often found on late Qing items, especially those associated with marriage. Two of the three tr...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1960 item #1227248 (stock #11-03)
Silk Road Gallery
$600.00
The hands of this vintage teak Burmese Buddha are carved in a variation of the Darmachakra mudra, the gesture that represents teaching and the Buddhist wheel of law. The mudra is most often expressed with thumbs and index fingers of both hands forming separate circles. Here, the thumb and finger of the right hand encircle the middle finger of the left hand. When we found this Buddha in Burma, complex explanations about the precise meaning of this variation were not understandable to us, and w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #638991 (stock #62-45)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,600.00
Fine relief carving on this late Qing Chinese bed panel expresses symbolic wishes for good fortune. Made of beautifully grained hongmu (Chinese mahogany), the long panel (88 inches) is suitable for use over a king-sized bed. Stylized characters and traditional symbols, most likely chosen by the parents who commissioned the work, were used to bestow wishes on the newly married couple for long and happy lives. Carvings within the three rectangular sections demonstrate the Chinese love of homonyms....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #155372 (stock #27-74)
Silk Road Gallery
$275.00
From Tbilisi, Georgia, this 19th century wine decanter was turned, then hand carved with distinctively Georgian designs that reflect the country's geographic position between East and West. Wine making and wine drinking have been serious pursuits for many centuries in Georgia, so many of the country's old, collectible objects center around viniculture. This decanter is evocative of Georgia's ethnography, a melange of Asian, Middle Eastern and European that reflects its geographic role as an East...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1837 VR item #1103362 (stock #60-49)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,400.00
A small red Chinese cabinet from late 18th/early 19th century has delicate roundel paintings of flowers randomly spaced with floating sketches of foliage on its two front doors. Rendered in fine black lines, the paintings have faded and mellowed, retaining only sparse touches of their original gold highlights. A round brass backplate echoes the roundels. Doors swing open on wooden pegs, eliminating the need for hinges, and are secured with a brass rod that slips through fastenings on the bac...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #261283 (stock #57-66)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #995663 (stock #42-40)
Silk Road Gallery
$580.00
This late Qing Dynasty pendulum clock in a carved wood case has a glass front hand painted with a double happiness symbol encircled by flowers. The brass pendulum swings behind the happiness symbol and the hour is announced with a pleasant chime tone produced by a small mallet striking a metal shell. The springs for the timing mechanism and chime are wound separately with a key (which is included) inserted into the clock face. The carving and shape of the wood case suggest Victorian design infl...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #924655 (stock #62-25)
Silk Road Gallery
$600.00
A tall carved teak Mandalay Buddha has an elegantly draped robe with a deep edging of thayo, a lacquering technique used for centuries by Burmese artisans to create the look and feel of intricate wood carving. The forehead band is also thayo, lacquer thickened with bone ash that dries to the hardness of wood. A thin brown/red lacquer applied over the carved teak allows the grain of the dense native wood to show. Traces of gold add richness to the figure and double lotus throne. The face is beau...