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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #1235821 (stock #14-70)
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$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 : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #875686 (stock #63-20)
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$620.00
This early 20th century lacquer betel nut container has intricate incised scenes that recreate the magical interior of the old Burmese court. Dancers, mythical animals, courtiers, and servants surround the king on this throne in vignettes that cover the deep lid and base. The inscriptions "good health" and "be rich" are etched along the top edge of the deep lid. All the scenes are surrounded by fine bands of color and foliage with a cross-hatched background. Two trays that slide inside the high...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #903041 (stock #62-43)
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$560.00
An early 20th century Chinese trunk is covered on all sides with leather in a deep wine color. The front is centered with a hasp on a circular brass back plate, and side handles and hinges also are brass. Such old Chinese leather trunks have great character and adapt nicely to second lives as casual coffee tables with storage. This piece is in solid condition and has the expected dings and dents of its age. Dimensions: height 15” (38 cm), width 32” (81.3 cm), depth 23 ½” (59.8 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #882005 (stock #63-13)
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This very large lacquer tray from the Shan minority people in northeast Burma has four different patterns of basketry weaving showing through the rich persimmon-colored lacquer. Called byat, such handmade trays, used for serving food, were time-consuming to produce. Following the weaving process, each of the many successive applications of lacquer required several days of drying, then burnishing before the next coat of lacquer was applied. Tin trays were replacing these handmade ones a number o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #332092 (stock #56-19)
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$295.00
Beautifully designed and constructed of curved wood staves with a wrapped bamboo handle, this lidded container was used to carry tools needed by lamp lighters on their rounds. Five bands of ornamental carving encircle the basket. The lid is centered with a round carving representing the four points of the compass, and the base is carved with a diaper pattern in key design. The carvings, though plentiful, are restrained in execution and serve to emphasize the wonderfully balanced shape of the con...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #278822 (stock #60-16)
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$250.00
As a nation of tea drinkers, the Chinese have lavished care on the artistry of implements associated with tea. This handsome wood box originated in Shaoxing, near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and was used for storing small, handle-less teacups. Wood boxes for this purpose were made throughout China in a variety of shapes, some with large, fold-down handles such as this one, some with fixed handles, some with no handles. The type and amount of carving and other decoration also varied but almost w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #847598 (stock #60-21)
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$470.00
This Qing Dynasty scholar’s box has four rosewood doors hand painted with ivory-colored flowers and foliage, following the traditional practice of Chinese scholars to surround themselves in their studios with reminders of nature. Made to be displayed on a table or desk, the box was used to store carved signature seals, ink sticks and other small items. The rosewood door panels are set within hand carved elm beading and frames, and the front, sides and top of the piece are made of elm wood in a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #788418 (stock #64-03)
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An elephant with raised trunk, symbol of hospitality, forms the handle of this carved teakwood Burmese rice scoop. The dark red lacquer, applied over black lacquer in the traditional manner of Burmese artisans, is worn so the black undercoat shows through in areas, giving this early 20th century piece an inviting patina. The elephant trunk, which forms the scoop handle, is especially worn and shows evidence of many years of use. A simple decorative pattern is carved along the top of the scoop, a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #899863 (stock #60-23)
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$495.00
This 19th century Chinese scholar's box has delicate bone inlay in a pattern of butterflies and flowers that swirl upward within four rosewood panels. A narrow rectangle of inlaid bone encloses each pattern. The panels are set within two doors on the front of the piece that swing out to reveal three drawers on one side and a large open compartment on the other. A “secret” storage area is accessible when the bottom drawer is removed. As is typical for Chinese joinery of the Qing Period, the d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #799411 (stock #57-43)
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$1,700.00
Traces of gold leaf remain on this Pagan dry lacquer Buddha head from the late 1700s. The head rests on a contemporary removable black metal stand. The dry lacquer technique, used by Burmese artisans from the mid-18th century until the beginning of the 20th century, produced finely modeled hollow images that were light in weight but very strong. The labor-intensive method involved a number of steps. First the image was shaped from clay, then wrapped in a lacquer-soaked cloth. A pliable mixture ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1244658 (stock #39-32)
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$395.00
From late 19th century Burma, this parabaik, or book, is made of thick cardboard-like paper folded accordion-style with front and back covers of gilded relief lacquer. The paper was made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree that was boiled for a day until soft, then pounded and spread on fabric that was stretched across a frame. The frame was repeatedly dipped in water and drained, then dried in the sun, spread with glue and chalk powder, and finally, polished with seeds. The thick paper ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #839958 (stock #10-81)
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An unusually large early to mid-19th century Shan hsun-ok from Burma, this piece has a diameter of 19 inches and stands 32 inches high. Full size offering bowls with the distinctive hsun-ok silhouette generally are about 13 to 15 inches in diameter. This one is a masterpiece of balance with the ten identifying Shan raised rings around the lid echoed with 10 raised rings around base. The carvings on the spire, punctuated by a large ball, complement the substantial circumference of the piece. Its...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #266405 (stock #57-62)
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$450.00
Elegantly executed designs in red, yellow and green on a black background decorate this 19th century Burmese lacquer box. Called a "bi-it," this beautifully crafted container held combs, oil, perfume and sandalwood powder. The unusual scene on the lid shows a man and woman walking among trees collecting fruit. Their multi-patterned traditional clothing is drawn in great detail. Graceful flowers, calligraphy with a wish for happiness, and the signature of the maker decorate the sides of the lid a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #877988 (stock #60-68)
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$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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #898500 (stock #63-30)
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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #291633 (stock #60-22)
Silk Road Gallery
$400.00
Elegant wood boxes with drawers and compartments were regarded by Chinese scholars as essential for the storage of the small personal items they valued. Their carved signature seals and ink sticks often were stored in these boxes, which usually were kept on a desk in the scholar's study but were small enough to be moved easily into the courtyard when he preferred to work outside. This late 19th century box has three drawers and a compartment with two doors made of nicely beaded panels. Door pane...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #800706 (stock #58-47)
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$175.00
Among the many varieties of red lacquered containers used during China's Qing and early Republic years, none has a more striking form than the humble lunch pail. An elegantly designed everyday item, it is constructed of shaped wood staves, a tall bent willow handle and a notched lid that snaps securely in place around the handle. Pails in this design also are referred to as berry pails. The recessed bottom on this one is decorated with two drawings of flowers, perhaps done by the maker of the pa...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #922753 (stock #63-29)
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Delicately incised yun designs on a three-piece lacquer betel box from the Burmese city of Pagan depict scenes of five elegantly dressed courtiers, each portrayed within a distinctive and elaborate portal. The name of the artisan, Ko Sein Maung, is incised in one ribbon-like cartouche, and his locale, Pagan Dikesu, in another. The wish, chantha basage (may you be rich), appears in a third cartouche. The container has three parts—a deep lid, a high base and a fitted tray. It is designed to reta...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1136045 (stock #63-11)
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$370.00
The cinnabar lacquer covering this late 19th/early 20th century Burmese “kwet,” or serving bowl, is satin smooth and cool to the touch. Years of daily use have enhanced both the look and feel of this large bowl, with black lacquer showing through the red in areas of wear. Six black ribs curve down to the feet, and the top is curved and rolled inward, giving the vessel beautiful balance. The old Burmese process of producing such lacquer pieces was labor intensive and time consuming. Woven an...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #268585 (stock #57-71)
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$365.00
With its lovely chu-pan foliage design, this 19th century cosmetic (bi-it) box shows the Burmese skill at fine lacquer work. The maker's name is prominently displayed on the lid in a banner carried aloft by a lively nat (spirit). Called a bi-it, the container was used to hold sandalwood powder, which was mixed with water to form a paste applied by Burmese women to their face as a skin refiner and sunscreen. Made by layering many coats of lacquer over a base of thin wood and coiled bamboo strips,...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #875350 (stock #62-53)
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An early 20th century Chinese offering basket is affixed to a bamboo pedestal encircled with ink sketches of flowers representing the four seasons. The inside bottom of the tray is centered with a sauvastika, a Buddhist icon resembling a swastika but with the crampons turned to the left. Though the ancient Sanskrit symbol may have come to China as an auspicious Buddhist sign, it since has become a largely ornamental symbol of good fortune and can be seen in carpets, embroidery and carvings. In T...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #896352 (stock #63-23)
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$695.00
An offering stand, or “kalat,” used by the Intha people who live in the villages around Inle Lake in one of the Shan states in northeastern Burma, is from the late 19th century. A similar though more recent piece in the British Museum is pictured in “Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer,” by Isaacs and Blurton, British Museum Press, p. 163. Kalat stands such as this were used by families in much the same manner as the tall, spired hsun-ok to carry offerings of food ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1126165 (stock #12-57)
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$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 : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #919136 (stock #63-64)
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$595.00
Two kneeling nats, possibly representing the Taungbyon brothers, among the most revered deities in the Burmese spirit world of nats, are carved with identical positions and thrones but faces that are quite different from one another. Widespread belief among the Burmese of nats, the spirits of certain departed humans, and also of nat spirits of trees, rivers, rocks and more, predates the introduction of Buddhism in Burma. Thirty-seven nats, both protectors and rogues, each with its own complex s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #259829 (stock #08-12)
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$750.00
The strong, primitive carving, broad face and very tall finial on this 18th century Buddha suggest that it was carved in a Mon village. The figure comes from Burma and dates to the Konbaung Period (1752-1885) when the Mon people, an ethnic minority, held some power briefly before they fled in large numbers to Thailand. This image owes its originality and charm to a village carver. Though it conforms to guidelines for representation of the Buddha, and reflects as well the popular style of the per...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #884476 (stock #60-24)
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$280.00
This late Qing wood pitcher from Shanghai is similar in form to provincial pitchers but is made of a harder wood, is more carefully constructed and has a sleeker look than its country cousins. The basic construction design is similar—shaped staves form the bowl and are held together with bands. The individual staves on this one are so tightly fitted that it looks as though it is carved from one piece of wood. The band around the bottom is metal but has been colored to match the wood; the uppe...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #891192 (stock #64-44)
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$1,200.00
This late 19th century offering vessel from the Burmese city of Pagan is an exceptionally fine example of the hsun-ok containers used to carry food offerings to Buddhist monasteries and temples. It is made of wood covered with many coats of lacquer, black first and then top layers of rich deep red. As the red lacquer wears away in areas exposing the black, a handsome negoro effect is created. A similar wooden hsun-ok is pictured in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxfo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1239618 (stock #63-26)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #854196 (stock #10-68)
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$390.00
This large lacquered early 20th century bowl from the Shan people, who live primarily in eastern parts of Burma and across the border in western and northern areas of Thailand, is called a “kwet” and was used to serve huge quantities of rice. It is made of split bamboo basketry supported by six sturdy ribs that curve down to end in six low feet. The basic bamboo construction is coated inside and out with layers of black lacquer overlaid with layers of red lacquer. The basketry shows through ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #815705 (stock #12-44)
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$250.00
A small lacquer box incised with the Burmese “yun” technique has an unusual lid design of a scarf encircled with foliage. Using the yun method, the pattern is accomplished by cutting through top layers of lacquer to reveal one or more differently colored lacquer layers underneath. In this case, just black and light red lacquers were used, producing a container with a simplicity that sets it apart from the multi-colored intricate yun work seen on the larger cylindrical betel boxes from Burma....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #680180 (stock #60-90)
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$395.00
Made of beautifully grained willow wood, this early 20th century Chinese water carrier is just the right size and shape to hold magazines or newspapers. The tall handle is centered with a well done carving of a tree branch and two pomegranates, a traditional symbol of fertility in old China. The oval-shaped body of the vessel is made of curved willow wood staves fitted tightly together and held with two brass bands. Although the piece seems too handsome for its intended use as a water pail, the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1233407 (stock #12-64)
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$250.00
From China’s Shaanxi Province, known for its many types of marvelous dumplings, this late Qing woven reed basket opens clamshell fashion to form two large serving bowls. Wide bent willow bands painted with flowers and secured to the basketry with metal studs encircle the top and bottom sections. A metal hasp in the front is used to keep the top and bottom closed, and a metal ring in the back is used to keep the two sections attached when they are used as bowls. This piece shows appropriate ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1065987 (stock #62-56)
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$295.00
Rich auburn elmwood with a satin smooth surface makes this late 19th century hand-hewn Chinese food box an especially attractive shelf or table accent piece. It is constructed of shaped staves fitted tightly together and held with flat brass bands around the foot and the widest part of the vessel. Carvings on the side handles of lotus buds on long stems, both Taoist and Buddhist emblems of perfection, are appropriate for a food box because every part of the lotus plant is deemed edible by the C...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #261283 (stock #57-66)
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$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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Thai : Pre 1990 item #937270 (stock #01-81)
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$135.00
A charming hand woven and decorated basket of split bamboo made in an Isan village in Northeastern Thailand is smoothed on the exterior with an application of brick red lacquer thickened with ash. Yellow and green flowers and dots on black grounds give the basket folk appeal. The Isan (also Isaan) people, though sometimes called Thai Isan, are a blend of Lao, Mon and and Khmer, and have their own language, which is Lao-like but written in the Thai alphabet. They are primarily agrarian and live i...