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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 : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #881670 (stock #62-46)
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A late 19th century provincial Chinese stool has nice lines and a shaped seat. The Chinese were especially inventive with stool designs, and there are hundreds of styles of antique Chinese stools, from simple to ornate. Their portability made them as useful for a street barber as they were for a scholar’s house. This one has a handsome elm slab seat that shows evidence of long use. A look at the bottom of the legs indicates that two of them most likely have been replaced, as is frequently the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #797804 (stock #24-90)
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A pair of architectural panels from 19th century China have an elegantly simple fretwork design. Made of rosewood, the half-round pieces comprising the pattern are fitted together to form curving lines that emphasize the soft sheen of the smooth wood surfaces. Four abstract trees can be seen in the fretwork pattern. In China, these pieces may have been rescued from interior windows of an old house that was demolished, or they may have been part of a large canopied marriage bed. Both panels are ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #168849 (stock #08-45)
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$650.00
Sliding reed doors such as these late Meiji Period fusuma were used in Japan during the hot summer months to replace shoji screens and solid doors. The reeds allowed cooling breezes to circulate yet afforded privacy. On these doors, the reeds are carefully arranged so the darker areas form a wave pattern. They are held in place by horizontal strips of bamboo on one side and kiri wood on the other. The frame and top portion of the doors are made of light-weight kiri wood. Doors play an important ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #638991 (stock #62-45)
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$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 : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #286267 (stock #58-34)
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$250.00
Now an elegant mirror, this 19th century fretwork panel was once an interior window frame, part of the architectural detailing in a traditional Chinese house. The simple, richly colored elm wood fretwork at the top and bottom of the shaped wood oval is encased in a slightly darker double frame. A brass hanger at the top can be removed for further simplification. The mirror slips out of a slot at the top edge of the frame for easy cleaning. The panel is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #392459 (stock #55-22)
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$495.00
While traveling in Burma (Myanmar) many years ago, we were enchanted by the particularly sonorous sounds of Burmese bronze gongs. Our resulting small shipment of various sizes of these gongs remained in storage until we had stands made for them in China. The stands are constructed with traditional Chinese tenon joinery of aged, reclaimed elm wood. The bright red fabric-covered striker, hand sewn in Burma, has the proper degree of softness to produce a full sound from this relatively small gong, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #929783 (stock #63-14)
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An especially handsome lacquer bowl, called a “kwet,” is from the Shan people, a southeast Asian tribal group living primarily in northeast Burma. Similar Shan bowls, though not identical to this one, are pictured in a book from the British Museum Press entitled “Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer” by Isaacs and Blurton, on pages 183 and 184, where they are labeled with the spelling “khwet.” This bowl has an inscription on the bottom that is difficult to deci...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #689923 (stock #58-39)
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$600.00
This early 19th century Chinese makeup box with huanghauli top and original mirror is in excellent condition. A key design finely carved along the front apron is the only decorative element added to the functional form of the piece. The spare design and use of fine hardwood make this vanity more typical of the earlier Ming period than Qing, when folding vanity boxes became more flamboyant with lots of carving, often incorporating painted flowers and dragons. Hinges, hasp, handles and drawer pu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #926234 (stock #33-92)
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This is a late 19th century Chinese altar table that has been altered for use as a table behind a low sofa. Altar tables typically have the shallow depth needed for a table placed behind a sofa but often are too high for that use. That is most likely why this one, somewhere along the way, had its legs shortened by a few inches. While its antique value was adversely affected by the alteration, its usability, at least from a Western point of view, may have been enhanced. The wood, elm in a rich m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1837 VR item #894121 (stock #07-61)
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$890.00
A merchant’s money box, or zeni-bako, from Japan’s Edo Period carries an inscription that reads, “Purchased one lucky day in November in the 12th year of Bunsei,” which was 1829. The small copper coins in use at that time were called “zeni” and led to the development of simple, strong boxes for merchants to store coins during the business day. This box is made of thick keyaki wood and fitted with an iron lock and hasp. The top is constructed in two sections with a hole in the middle ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #650510 (stock #62-20)
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$1,100.00
Nicely grained beechwood gives this pair of late 19th century Chinese panels a smooth, satin-like finish. The fretwork design is elegantly simple but required numerous carefully cut and carved pieces of wood fitted together to create the look of an interlocking wood chain. The panels were used in a horizontal orientation and most likely were part of a large day bed. The metal hangers are new and recently added. These panels are ideally sized for use as headboards over twin beds. They are in exce...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1090941 (stock #12-55)
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Two Chinese ovoid ceramic ginger jars convey a rich symbolic message with their “three friends” designs of bamboo, pine and plum branches. Venerated in China for centuries, the three trees have been grouped together in paintings and poems to represent the ideal of perseverance in overcoming adversity. They became known as “the three friends of winter” because they flourish in harsh environments—the bamboo and pine tree remaining green throughout the year, and the plum tree blooming i...
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 : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #949627 (stock #04-23)
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$325.00
A large wood rice measure from early 20th century Korea, made in a uniquely Korean shape, adapts nicely to a second life as a plant holder. We have also seen these sturdy containers turned over and used as a stool or small table. Originally used to measure rice, it is made of thick planks of zelkova (keyaki) wood fitted together and held in place with black metal bands. The ear-like handles and heavy bottom obviously are hand-hewn. Hangul characters carved into the side indicate the measurement ...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Hardstones : Pre 1980 item #924123 (stock #17-40)
Silk Road Gallery
$120.00
Candle holders, carved in East Java of onyx mined from a mountain not far from the shop, have a clean design that emphasizes the natural patterns created by striations in the stone. Produced in the late 1980s, and hopefully still being produced today, such contemporary lines stand in interesting contrast to much Indonesian art, especially that of East Java, where forms typically recall the more ornate style of the Majapahit empire. These pieces are in perfect condition. Dimensions: height 8 ¼...
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...