Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #890110 (stock #52-16)
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$450.00
An embroidered silk cloud collar made for a child in late 19th century China has seven silk lappets, each embroidered with a lamb. In both city and provincial households, embroidery, an ancient Chinese art form, used symbolic animals, birds and flowers in free designs to express hopes for the future of family members. The lambs on this charming Shaanxi Province collar symbolized filial piety, an important Confucian trait that was encouraged on this piece seven times over...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #666659 (stock #41-59)
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$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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1920 item #688172 (stock #60-39)
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Glazed a soft grey/green, this rustic pottery Chinese oil lamp has charm and appeal that outlive its humble origin. It provided a simple light source. We have not seen one of these in use and originally thought the oil and wick were put into the shallow bowl on top. A visitor to this web site tells us that was not the case. The oil and wick, he said, were put into a small saucer that was set on top of the shallow bowl...
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...
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...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1837 VR item #141645 (stock #08-60)
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$5,000.00
This nine-foot-long Chinese ancestor painting on hemp was commissioned by a grandson in memory of his great grandfather, Wang Wan Yin. It is Taoist in nature. Calligraphy across the top of the painting honors the ancestor as "Official of Heaven." The inscription along one side reads "Respectfully dedicated by an unworthy grandson in memory of his great grandfather Wang Wan Yin." On the opposite side, the date of the painting is shown as a point within the 60 year cycle of the Chinese calendar...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #882450 (stock #58-66)
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$595.00
A late 19th century Chinese cypress wood well bucket from Shaanxi Province has great folk appeal, with its heavy iron fittings and interesting shape. This is a very sturdy piece made to carry large quantities of water from the village well. The bottom comes to a point and fits inside a simple wood stand, a clever design that holds the heavy bucket secure yet allows it to be tipped to pour water...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #905874 (stock #61-71)
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This late Qing Dynasty grain chest from Shaanxi Province in China has a softly faded painting on its front doors of two turtle doves in front of lotus blossoms, Chinese emblem of purity and perfection...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #275941 (stock #56-16)
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$395.00
A small fish is carved into the handle of this late 19th century Chinese water pail. Its two-piece lid and festive red color indicate it most likely was used in the house to store drinking water rather than to carry water from a well or stream. A character written on the bottom of the base may indicate the identity of the artisan. The body of the wood pail is constructed of staves fitted into an oval shape in barrel fashion and held together with twisted brass wire. Remove one or both sides of t...
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 : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1240251 (stock #11-28)
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$240.00
A 19th century silver charm necklace from China’s late Qing Dynasty has four auspicious symbols hanging on short chains from a crest-shaped pendant of Buddhist iconography. At the center of the crest are crossed rhinoceros horns, symbol of happiness and one of the Chinese eight treasures. At the tip of each horn is a small sauvastika, derived from ancient Sanskrit and meaning “so be it.” (The sauvastika has its crampons directed to the left, unlike the notorious 20th century swastika sy...
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 : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #259258 (stock #58-38)
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$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 : 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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #878968 (stock #60-11)
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This Taihu scholar's stone is classified as "linglong," one of the criteria used by connoisseurs to judge the rocks collected by Chinese literati. The term linglong may be translated as "shapely" or as "pierced with many holes." This stone also is in the category of "fantastic rock" (as opposed to "zoomorphic rocks" and "landscape rocks") for the obvious reason that one can see abstract, dream-like representations in its form. Shaped by the water of Tai Hu (Lake Tai) near Suzhou, its dark khaki...
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #321080 (stock #56-28)
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$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 : 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 : 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 : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #941725 (stock #35-92)
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$250.00
Chinese opera characters are carved in relief on this late 19th century wood roundel. The central character strokes his beard and looks pleased; the figure on the right thrusts his drinking cup aloft. In the background, a barefoot servant runs off holding a small scroll. A bat, Chinese emblem of good fortune, is carved into the base of the piece. While the two main characters on the roundel are in excellent condition, the figure of the running servant is inexplicably worn on the face (see photo ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #145210 (stock #38-57)
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$390.00
The wide wing span of a bird forms the top of this mid-19th century Qing Dynasty inkstone. The dark purple-grey stone is unusually shallow for an inkstone, which contributes to the sleek look of the bird motif. Scholars selected inkstones with great care and had them carved with symbols they hoped would encourage and inspire their higher sentiments as they created poetry, calligraphy and paintings. This inkstone is in perfect condition, with a nice ink-coated patina and a well used ink grinding ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #511168 (stock #52-23)
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$1,200.00
This very large, striking 19th century Chinese embroidered silk collar was made to be worn over a silk robe on festive occasions. The collar was created from 40 separate petal-shaped pieces of black silk fanned around a lined neck band. Outer petals are embroidered with 20 different colorful butterflies; inner petals have 20 different vases holding a variety of flowers. Backed with white silk and set within a traditional Asian frame, this costume piece from China's past is now dramatic wall art....
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 : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #892964 (stock #54-71)
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Two rectangular wood panels from late 19th century China are hand carved with vases, flowers and graceful trailing foliage in deep relief, each carving set within a cartouche and showcased with gilding applied over dark pomegranate red. These panels once were part of an interior window or door or perhaps integrated into a large piece of furniture. Such panels are often referred to as “temple carvings” because some of them were part of Buddhist temple architecture, rescued as China’s old b...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #710109 (stock #60-57)
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$600.00
This large hanging scroll with a painting of a Chinese civil official and his wife could be called minimalist within the genre of Chinese ancestor portraits. It is executed in the classic ancestral portrait style, with the subjects facing directly forward, seated on a chair with a rounded back and footrest, the man with hands and shoes showing and the woman with her robe completely covering hands and feet. The difference between this and many other Chinese ancestor images is in the spareness of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #844816 (stock #58-20)
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$295.00
A late 19th century Chinese wood panel has excellent sinuous pierced carving on wide bands that stretch across the top and bottom and are set within a contrasting wood frame. The plain frame in a lighter reddish hue draws the eye to the quality of carving in the darker red/brown bands. The piece has been fitted with a new mirror, which for photography purposes, has been sprayed with a temporary non-reflective film. Originally part of a multi-panel screen, this Qing carving is in very good condit...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #1240857 (stock #51-27)
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$295.00
This late Qing Dynasty carved wood home altar, referred to as a “Buddha House,” is from Shandong Province in East China. It includes a wood cover that was slipped down over the altar, where a small Buddha was displayed. The cover was removed for family devotions. Gilded pierced carving framing the altar, while it appears to be scrolling or foliage, on close inspection is two stylized dragons that form the sides of the frame. The altar is just deep enough to display a figure up to 9 ¼” ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #291633 (stock #60-22)
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$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 : Architectural Elements : Pre 1910 item #705829 (stock #54-66)
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$295.00
A tall, thin scholar in a flowing robe centers this late 19th/early 20th century Chinese wood carving. He holds a fan and strikes a pose of the privileged as his little servant stands by on the left. The scholar presumably is on a stroll through his garden, a spot where the Chinese literati were said to spend a good deal of their time and where they often were shown in paintings and carvings. The deep relief carving is inside an octagon, which is contained within a rectangular cartouche. The pan...
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 : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #895012 (stock #60-42)
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This late 19th century Chinese utility jar has a glaze of such inviting color that it elevates the piece to folk art status. The primarily turquoise glaze has areas of deep blue and purple, and then stops short of the base showing a glimpse of brown. From Jiangsu, known as China’s ceramics province, this heavy piece has no chips or cracks but does have two firing flaws on one side (see photo enlargement #4). Dimensions: height 9 “ (23 cm), diameter 10” (25.4 cm).
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 : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #934316 (stock #32-73)
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$395.00
A mid-19th century Chinese pottery utility jar gets its spontaneity and vitality from thick earthy glazes applied in random drips and dabs of green, cream and brown over a Shiwan clay body. The area around Shiwan in the southern province of Guangdong produced a tremendous range of ceramics over many hundreds of years, from folk figurines to roof tiles to fine works by master potters. Shiwan utility jars such as this one were molded into standard shapes and produced in quantity. The glaze is w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #916461 (stock #64-47)
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$360.00
This low Qing Dynasty table was made to furnish a kang, a raised platform used as the family’s living space during cold winter months in China’s northern provinces. The kang was heated, usually with a system of pipes under the platform that were connected to the cooking stove, and when furnished with pillows and low tables, became a relatively cozy retreat. This late 19th century kang table, made of northern elm, has pleasing touches of carving on all sides. It is in solid condition with evi...