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Provincial Shanxi Bench

Ships From: Chicago, IL US

Description: In Qing Dynasty homes most people sat on stools or chairs, while benches were often found in public theatres or temples. This 150-year-old bench was carved out of Elmwood in the Shanxi region of China, and has uniquely carved, cloud spandrels. In ancient China benches were low to the ground but European influence made higher designs fashionable.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $6,480

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King Fisher Feather and Gilt Performer's Hat

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Description: This intricate 19th century hat would have been worn by a performer. It is elaborately decorated with kingfisher and pheasant feathers, a filigree Chinese character for longevity (shou), clouds and glass beads that look like pearls. The surface is gilded and lacquered and remains in excellent condition after a century.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $3,880

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Spirit Screen with Duan Stone

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Description: This 19th century spirit screen from Northern China is inset with a duan stone, similar to stones used to create many inkstones for calligraphy. The stand is carved with abstract clouds and auspicious ruyi symbols. Traces of its original dark lacquer finish remain and add wonderful texture and depth. Screens have been popular in China since ancient times, and over the centuries, many varieties emerged—from large room dividers to petite table screens, like this one, which may have sat in the studio of a Qing Dynasty scholar for privacy, inspiration, to block the wind or according to feng shui, to block the evil spirits from sneaking up on you.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $2,880

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Bronze Mirror on Stand

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Description: Dating around 200 B.C. during the Han dynasty, this bronze mirror has developed a beautiful green patina that brings into contrast its embossed running dog motif. A conversation piece on a desk or console table, the mirror is mounted on a custom stand.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $4,880

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Description: Trained first as a photographer and then as an illustrator, Yoko Tanaka takes a look at life’s quieter moments in her paintings. She chooses a limited palette of soft, smoky tones that give her works a sense of stillness and otherworldliness. With an illustrator’s eye for graphic impact, her figures are simplified residing in spare, sometimes fanciful, settings. In her oil on panel “Sharing,” two cloaked figures exchange an orb-like fruit that abound in an enchanted orchard full of winged horses.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Description: Extracting images, logos and slogans from popular culture, Almudena Rodriguez rearranges these disparate signs in an attempt to map out a single vision determined not by original context but through aesthetic thought. In a series titled "Pygmalion Effect," the artist explores the popular psychological idea that greater expectations lead to better performance, questioning how an artist can influence the viewer’s perception. The mixed media on fabric work “Efecto Pygmalion X" layers images and messages ranging from comic book illustrations to military camouflage, asking the viewer to stretch their understanding of style, meaning and perception.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Description: Everything about "An Egret Amongst Lilies" is timeless and delicate, particularly the fine paper, soft colors, and detailed brushstrokes. The painting is signed Kyokata and dates to the Edo Period, but style of painting is reminiscent of the17th century Rinpa School—one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting. The term byobu means, “wind wall” and as the name suggests painted folding screens were originally used in Japanese homes to block drafts of air. Byobu on paper in the style of the Rimpa School. Signed Kyokata. Beautiful Japanese Edo Period Screen.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Description: This painting, like most of Ren Hui’s exquisite artworks, celebrates his subjects using a style that he calls “uncomplicated and honest.” This work, a beautiful pattern of white carved out of a painted black background, is called Rome. The artist uses a pure and deliberate approach by highlighting a famous place and period in history using simple flourishes of marks, points, and dots.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Description: Renowned mosaic artist Toyoharu Kii made this exquisite work of art, patiently choosing each individual tessera to beautifully craft this composition called "Veiled in a Haze". Kii explains his inspiration for the mosaic, “Spring has come, and with warm air haze appeared. The scene reminds us of the vigorous lives which begin to move with coming of spring." Each of his mosaics plays with motion and light in a way that demands attention.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $4,580

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Triple Bat Book Cabinet

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Description: This book cabinet was likely originally commissioned for a scholar's study to store important texts. The quality and craftsmanship is clear in the bold lines, elegant hardware, and traditional mortise and tenon joinery. But, the exquisitely carved details set this piece apart. Look closely at the ornate trim of the upper compartment and you’ll notice three bats—symbols of happiness and joy—set against a background of clouds. 

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $8,800

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Rosewood Scholar's Mirror

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Description: This mid-19th century Chinese scholar's mirror is crafted from rosewood, a dense, tightly grained and highly esteemed hardwood. The corners are mitered and the frame is finished all around with three sinuous carved beads. A fresh mirror replaces the lost original.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $6,880

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Dreamscape 9

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Description: Chinese artist Liu Jian has been painting since childhood and was influenced by the old masters. Dreamscape 9 is a superb example of the newest phase of creative exploration: using classic ink painting to blend of traditional and abstract styles. In the center is Jian’s chop—the carved stone seal giving the artist's name in red characters—a splendid blending of East and West.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $8,000

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Description: This exquisite painting, "Green Path/Boulevard," was made by internationally renowned Chinese artisan Ren Hui. The glowing, yellow points of color against the forest green background have a stunning effect. Hui has explained, “I like using a very bold, pure color. The content of my work has these same characteristics—straightforward and bold. The color is reflective of the content.”

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $8,000

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Set of Twelve Chinese Spring Palace Paintings

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Description: Chinese Spring Palace Painting, known in the West as Chinese erotic art, was a tradition that spanned from antiquity until its apex in the late Qing dynasty (early 20th century). Chinese erotica was layered in ideals of feminine beauty, narratives on imperial and vernacular life and, most importantly, humor, tenderness and love. After 1910, Chinese erotica was suppressed by modern Confucious followers, Western missionaries and the communist state resulting in the destruction of many pieces and making it difficult to find examples today. The intense saturation of color on this 19th century set of twelve album leaves is typical of guache paintings on pith paper, though it is unusual to find Spring Palace Paintings executed in this way. Pith paper is actually the dried tissue from the central column of a small tree native to south-west China. The tissue is cut by hand with a knife into thin sheets. Cutting the sheets is a highly skilled process and the sheets are dried and trimmed, without any further processing necessary. Gouache sits on the surface of the sheets, producing a bright and even sparkling effect. Very fine details can be achieved as seen in the scenes of this set of twelve. Very different than traditional Chinese ink and watercolor painting, pith painting was prized by “foreign barbarian” visitors to China, but not to the Chinese intellectual elite and was therefore not accepted widely during the 18th and 19th centuries as Chinese art.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $36,800

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Ruyi Writing Table

Ships From: Chicago, IL US

Description: Achieving a modern aesthetic centuries in the past, this Qing-dynasty table's clean lines are at home in any contemporary room. The fundamental forms of antique Chinese furniture makeup the backbone of Minimalist design. The simple stretchers and finely curved apron on this table place it in a legacy of functional elegance. The subtle carvings on the spandrels are "ruyi," Chinese mushrooms representing wisdom. Qing dynasty furniture was frequently embellished with such symbols in specific reference to the individual the piece was made for. As such, this table most likely served as the writing desk for a person renowned for their wisdom.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $6,880

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Blue and White Invisible Table by July Zhou

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Description: This limited edition Blue and White Lucite Table is signed by artist July Zhou. It is fashioned after classic Ming furniture, and the hand-painted joints mimic blue and white porcelains fired in imperial kilns. Other Lucite furniture is injection molded, but skilled artisans bring Mr. July’s vision to life by heating, joining, bending, carving, and polishing each table precisely and seamlessly by hand. This is a special order item. Please contact us for delivery date. Mr. July has worked for years experimenting with lucite to create examples of Ming furniture that communicate the beauty of the traditional forms free and clear of traditional wood material. His work and experimentation with lucite in new ways exemplifies the exciting wave of design and innovation emerging out of China right now. This is a special order item. Please contact us at 888-878-8628 for delivery date.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $2,980

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Dingyao Porcelain Vase

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Description: Dingyao porcelain, often called Ding ware, is famous for creamy-white color, subtle hues and refined form. The style became popular 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty and later inspired generations of ceramicists during the Ming and Qing periods. This porcelain Dingyao vase is molded in two halves with a key fret border, low relief lotus and scrolling vine decoration.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $14,800

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Description: An old steel drum exposed to the elements and bent in such a way as to suggest a sleeve inspired Gordon Chandler to create a series of kimono sculptures. Flattened with the center portion rolled out, this discarded barrel takes on the look of a traditional kimono. The dented metal painted a brilliant blue appears as finely draped silk, peeled back like a collar to reveal a cream-colored “lining” and its ribbed edges appearing as tightly pleated sleeves. With an eye to the aesthetic possibilities of this humble material, Chandler invests the steel with sculptural fluidity and a wry sense of form.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $3,200

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Pair of Rose Chairs

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Description: For many years, rose chairs were incorrectly thought to have been exclusively used by women due to their floral name. In fact, they were traditionally very gender neutral. Rose chairs are defined by their small size and "pipe joint" corners at the top that continuously join the top rail, the sides and the legs. This excellent 19th century walnut pair from Beijing have an inimitable level of warmth and softness only achieved from over a century of use.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $6,880

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Description: These exquisite paintings date to a period during the Qing Dynasty when Chinese artists began using traditional art forms to illustrate Western traditions—a departure from the traditional subjects of nature and landscape. These paintings illustrate how recreation came to be part of Shanghai's colonial history. In fabulous detail, one depicts the famous Shanghai rowing club which opened in 1904 and offered one of the first forms of public recreation for British settlers after Shanghai opened its port in 1843. Chinese and Europeans stand together at the side of the Huang Pu River watching a boat race. The waves are painted in a very traditional Chinese style while the uniforms of the athletes look so very western. The clothing of the crowd is a mix between the traditional Chinese and the European. The Chinese architecture stands behind finely painted electrical wires which were certainly very new at the time. The other painting features the Shanghai Racing Club, which opened in the late 1800s, and whose selective membership of not more than 400 was restricted to foreign (or non-Chinese) residents until 1909. The painting highlights the exclusivity of the club with the Chinese audience peering curiously at the European horse race behind a fence of finely painted hedges and trees. This pair of beautifully painted works mesh the ancient art of silk painting with a glimpse at modernity during the turn of the century in Shanghai.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $8,800

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Chinese Lacquer New Year Painting

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Description: In celebration of the lunar new year festival, it was traditional all over China to hang special decorations. In a city called Wuqiang, local artists made lacquer scroll paintings laden with symbolism. This framed and finely rendered early 20th century folk painting from Wuqiang features an imperial court official and his family dressed in their best silks. The young boy is dressed in a wonderfully patterned yellow robe to offer Shou Xing, the god of health, a peach for longevity. The emperor, denoted by his red silk robe with imperial dragons, stands behind the family, clutching an elaborate ruyi scepter that the family has presented to him for good fortune and prosperity.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor fading consistent with age

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Price: $5,480

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Tibetan Thangka of Chakrasamvara

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Description: The rich orange, red, green, and blue hues are still incredibly vibrant in this sacred Tibetan thangka painting. At this center is the figure of an important multi-armed deity called Chakrasamvara seated on a lotus blossom throne. The painting is beautifully framed in hand stitched, antique fabric panels. Some thangka artists worked for private patrons or monasteries and the paintings were commissioned to help a person meditate or as a form of prayer.

Condition Report: Excellent, Wear consisten with age and use

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Price: $2,880

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Description: This exquisite painting, "Great Wall" was made by internationally renowned Chinese artisan Ren Hui. He expertly picks out the fine details of China's greatest landmark in his signature pointillist style. The wall rises, white on black, as if it were a constellation of stars. The ethereal quality is dissonant with the image's subject, creating a unique and magical rendition of one of human kind's greatest wonders.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Description: This impressive Meji period Japanese six-panel byobu gold leaf screen from 1870/1900 depicts a palatial community compound on vibrant cliffs peeking through a morning fog of billowing gold leaf clouds, all overlooking a deep blue sea.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $23,800

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Vintage Chinese Poster

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Description: This advertising poster from the 1930s melds the meticulous detail of traditional Chinese painting with the craft of color lithography that was popularized in China during the economic boom of early 20th century Shanghai. It depicts a fashionable woman of recent yet bygone history influenced by the rising Art Deco movement, all set in a traitional Chinese garden. Today, similar posters of the era are prized by collectors and preserved in museum collections both for their artistry and for the unique glimpse they give of the past.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor fading consistent with age

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Price: $680

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Description: In recent years, Persian miniature paintings, like this one, have increasingly become appreciated for their detailed and meticulous workmanship. Artists often started with quick studies drawn from memory or imagination and then later rendered their subjects in greater detail. This exquisite piece was painted over a century ago, and shows a man in traditional dress, praying.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor fading consistent with age

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Price: $1,880

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Description: Mosaic artist Toyoharu Kii is renowned for his ability to look for the intrinsic character of each tessera in his mosaic, and assemble them into elaborate patterns with movement and texture. This unique work of art is called "9 Sprouts", and beautifully exemplifies Toyoharu Kii’s expressive technique. He explains his inspiration for this mosaic, “After rice plants are harvested the lower cut parts of plants remain. This is a very familiar scene for Japanese people.”

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $1,280

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Description: Fiddler Crab is a kite by Chicago based artist, Michael Thompson. He creates unique kites crafted from split bamboo frames covered with stretched fabrics and a collage of vintage Asian ephemera—including kimonos, obis, paintings, scrolls, drawings, and book pages collected on his travels. Viewing the bamboo grid through the sheer fabric of "Fiddler Crab" juxtaposes etherealness with earthy structure. Playing off of this juxtaposition is the experience of motion that the organic design creates.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $6,280

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Vintage Chinese Fashion Poster

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Description: This poster from the 1930s melds the meticulous detail of traditional Chinese painting with the craft of color lithography—and a side of risque. This example is unique in that it subtly reveals a bit of one of the girl's bodies, which was a bold statement at the time and indicates how Chinese society was opening up to new ideas at that moment. Posters like this one, influenced by the Art Deco movement in the West, recall the economic boom of early 20th century Shanghai, an international center of business and trade. Today, posters like this are prized by collectors and preserved in museum collections both for their artistry and for the unique glimpse they give of the past.

Condition Report: Excellent, Minor fading consistent with age

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Price: $880

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19th Century Chinese Iron Clad Keeper's Chest

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Description: This wonderfully textured early 19th century keeper's trunk is from Shanxi Province, China. The original hand forged iron hardware was designed exclusively for function, but we love the way it beautifully punctuates the simple form of the footed box. Additional Dimensions Interior dimensions: 18"W x 11"D x 11"H Internal compartment dimensions: 3"W x 11"D x 2.5"H

Condition Report: Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $2,280

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20th Century Chinese Four Door Red Lacquer Chest

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Description: This 19th century chest, hailing out of Northern China, started its life as a storage trunk with a solid lacquered front. Our small team of craftspeople skilled in the art of traditional Chinese carpentry and lacquer finishes reconfigured it into a four-door chest; brushing by hand additional coats of lacquer to achieve a variegated red with colored undertones from its past. Additional Dimensions Shelf: 26.5"W x 15.25"D x 13.25"H Opening: 19.5"W x 24"H

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $3,980

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Tibetan Thangka of Shakyamuni

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Description: The rich orange, red, green, and blue hues are still incredibly vibrant in this sacred Tibetan thangka painting. At this center is the figure of an important multi-armed deity called Chakrasamvara seated on a lotus blossom throne. The painting is beautifully framed in hand stitched, antique fabric panels. Thangka artists worked for private patrons or monasteries and the paintings were commissioned to help a person meditate or as a form of prayer.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $3,680

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19th Century Chinese Deer Scroll

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Description: Chinese scholars used natural imagery and scenery to aid in contemplation within the walls of their studios. The inherent meaning carried by animals and natural forms inspired clear and concise thinking. In the case of this scroll, the deer is alert, oriented away from the viewer as though deciding whether to bound into the surrounding grasses. Deer traditionally symbolize prosperity, for their wonderful but fleeting nature. This implication combines with the attentive quality captured on the scroll to instill a sense of careful consideration for the desired aspects of life that are most difficult to grasp.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $3,680

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19th Century Chinese Altar Table with Cloud Spandrels

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Description: This impressive early 19th century Chinese altar table with everted ends from Shanxi province features lyrical cloud carved spandrels and lustrously aged original black lacquer. The plank top is a solid piece of select Chinese Northern Elmwood. Additional Dimensions Table apron to floor: 30"

Condition Report: Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $14,800

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18th Century Chinese Two Drawer Table

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Description: This finely crafted table from China’s Shanxi Province was carved over two hundred years ago. The excellent proportions, concealed joinery, original hand forged hardware, and hooved legs all have an austere beauty that belie the excellent craftsmanship. Though it is configured beautifully as a desk, likely it was originally used as an ancestral shrine in a provincial Confucian household. Among other things, incense, candles and fruits would have been placed on it as offerings to ancestors.. The original finish has aged beautifully over time. Additional Dimensions: Table apron to floor: 24.75" Drawers 4.75" x 21.25 x 18.25"

Condition Report: Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $8,800

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20th Century Chinese Petite Altar Coffer

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Description: A functional work of art, this petite altar coffer exemplifies extraordinary Chinese craftsmanship. The apron is finely carved with auspicious symbols and the top has everted that give the table a light and airy feel. It would have originally been used as storage in a woman's sleeping quarters. Our carpenters, skilled in traditional methods, elongated the legs to make it more functional for today. Additional dimensions Top drawer: 3.75"W x 6.5"D x 1.5"H Bottom drawer: 3.75"W x 6.5"D x 2.5"H Main compartment: 10" x 6" x 6.5" Table apron to floor: 21.25"

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $2,480

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17th Century Japanese Iron Armor Plate

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Description: This iron plate would once have been part of a larger suit of armor—it dates back to Japan’s Edo Period (AD 1603—1868). Japanese families often had their own special style of armor, so this plate may have been part of an ensemble designed for a particular family, and then fitted to an individual warrior. The iron plate is signed on the inside.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $2,880

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Chinese Peony and Phoenix Painted Bed Canopy

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Description: Gazing up at this bed canopy, the married couple who commissioned this painting would have a constant reminder of good fortune. Delicately painted, the wood canopy brings to life symbols of prosperity and good fortune: the phoenixes representing joy and peace and the peonies royalty and virtue. Surrounded by complementary paintings, the bed created an enclosure, a style popular in southern China at the turn of the century.

Condition Report: Minor wear consistent with age and use

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Price: $6,880

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Chinese Reclaimed Elmwood Mirror

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Description: Paying homage to 19th century framed signs of honor presented to respected locals, the frame of this mirror is of monumental scale. It is hand-crafted from thick planks of reclaimed elm from centuries old buildings in China. It bears the patina of reclaimed wood with distinctive nicks, wood patches, exposed knots and imperfections that speak to the wood's provenance.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $2,280

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Chinese Black Lacquer Eight Dragon Table

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Description: Gathered from the forests of Northern China, northern Elmwood provided the raw material with which highly skilled artisans created this elegant altar table. Eight dragons, symbolizing strength, and intricate cloud-like scrollwork skillfully carved on the table’s spandrels anchor its long plank top. The table’s striking black finish also demonstrates considerable expertise, requiring at least 30 coats of hand-applied lacquer to achieve its saturated color and highly desirable sheen. Additional Dimensions Table apron to floor: 30"

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $8,800

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19th Century Chinese Petite Flanked Hoof Foot Altar

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Description: This beautifully proportioned table with slender legs and hoofed feet was made in China’s Shanxi province. The elm wood has a dark brown finish achieved by applying many layers of lacquer. Over 150 years ago, this elegant table probably held an important place in the home of a Qing Dynasty family, as their ancestral altar. Additional Dimensions Table apron to floor: 27.75"

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $11,800

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Pair of Chinese Burled Top Demi Lune Tables

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Description: Demi-lune tables, named for their half moon shape, work especially well as a pair: they are versatile and can flank either side of a doorway or be placed back to back and float in a room. This pair was carved in Northern China of dense and aromatic camphor wood during the Qing Dynasty. It has simple, elegant stretchers and square legs ending in slightly hoofed feet. Each of the tops is truly a wonder—a solid piece cut from a camphor burl with unusual insets. Frequently round tables like this were originally used in the garden pavilions of upper class 19th century Chinese homes. Additional Dimensions Table apron to floor: 26"

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $8,800

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19th Century Chinese Carved Spirit Stand

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Description: The most precious or significant Chinese artworks were generally displayed on beautiful wooden stands. The stands themselves, were works of art but not widely appreciated at the time. Today, collectors recognize them in their own right. This early 19th century stand was created from a select specimen of elm wood and exemplifies the way a skilled woodworker was able to reveal its natural grain and beauty by carving it according to its inherent nature. Traces of its original polychrome finish remain and add a layer of wonderful patina.

Condition Report: Good

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Price: $3,280

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Pair of Early 20th Century Peking Glass Vases

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Description: Artisans created this pair of early 20th century cobalt Peking Glass vases using techniques developed hundreds of years ago in the Imperial workshops. The process involves hand-crafting layers and layers of molten glass and then carving and polishing it to achieve sculpted forms with jewel-like surfaces. In China, glass making dates back to the Han Dynasty, but experienced a revival in the 17th century after foreign missionaries presented glass instruments to the Chinese court. These pieces fascinated the emperor, who then had a glass workshop of his own built inside the Forbidden City.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $1,680

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Early 19th Century Two Door Cabinet

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Description: The artisan who made this two door cabinet was a master of his craft; he used mortise and tenon construction, without using a single nail or screw. Skilled Qing Dynasty cabinetmakers elevated joinery to a new artistic level. The beauty of this cabinet is not only its highly polished wood or precisely carved apron, but in the complex joinery just beneath the surface. Additional Dimensions Top shelf: 31.75"W x 15.5"D x 8.25"H Second shelf: 31.75"W x 15.5"D x 15.25"H Third shelf: 31.75"W x 15.5"D x 16"H Bottom shelf: 31.75"W x 15.5"D x 4"H

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $5,800

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Fine Ming Woven Lacquered Trunk

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Description: This finely woven c. 1800 trunk is a work of art in itself and was possibly used to store prized painted scrolls. A skilled artisan painstakingly wove thin-as-hair reeds to cover each panel. The top is fully detachable and maintains its original black lacquer and richly patinated brass fittings. The inside of this elegant trunk is lined in a veneer of aromatic wood to better conserve the paintings that were stored in it centuries ago. 

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $4,880

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Mounted Pair of Polychrome Architectural Corner Braces

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Description: This pair of architectural corner braces offers a unique glimpse into the history of interior design and architecture in China. Each is carved and painted in an ethereal manner that would have enhanced their position in the rafters of an ornate 18th century Chinese building. The carvings are abstract clouds and the original polychrome paintings have aged beautifully, in a gentle, dreamy way. Each support is decorated a bit differently, and both are heavily influenced by the painted ceilings of Beijing's Imperial Summer Palace. Each object is mounted on a block of reclaimed Chinese elm wood.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $3,880

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Coffered Robe Trunk

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Description: This rustic pine trunk dating from the Qing dynasty projects quiet harmony and balance. Simple in design and bare of ornament except for its brass hardware, the trunk epitomizes the austerity of classical Chinese furniture design. Made in Hebei province around 1850, the trunk provided storage for robes and other garments.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $4,880

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Ships From: Chicago, IL US

Description: Contemporary artist Taikkun Li designed this delightful porcelain cola bottle. Painted with a scene reminiscent of the Ming Dynasty’s famous blue and white ceramics, this bottle deftly combines old and new, East and West. Taikkun Li's work blurs the boundaries of design, sculpture, ceramics, film, and photography, with an emphasis on combining modern global branding and traditional Chinese design. His projects are extensively published and exhibited in the U.S., Europe, and China.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $458

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Blue and White Covered Double Happiness Jar

Ships From: Chicago, IL US

Description: Painted with the characters for "double happiness," this covered blue-and-white porcelain jar dating from the turn of the 20th century was likely given as a bridal gift. Decorated with a wish for love, happiness and a great life, the jar would have served the couple as a food storage vessel. The little dog figure that serves as the lid's knob acted as a symbolic protective figure.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $388

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