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Chinese Baskets

In Ancient times, Chinese baskets have been used to hold tea, carry foods, trap fish, and often even in place of funerary urns in burials. Wild grass basket-weaving, in particular, dates back as far back as the Neolithic Period.

One of the earliest evidences of basket weaving was discovered during the excavation of the Neolithic site, Jiahu. This site was found in 1962, but work is still presently underway in attempt to uncover more artifacts. Unfortunately, ancient baskets have been destroyed by time and weather, but, like most Chinese traditions, the tradition of basket weaving has been preserved to this day.

The appearance and function of baskets vary depending on the region of China in which they are produced. Northern rural China weaves baskets almost entirely for agricultural reasons. Southern China, however, is where Chinese basketry redefines norms by combining artistic elegance with functionality, and combining traditional basket-weaving materials with those that are less conventional.

In all, Chinese baskets are finely and intricately constructed to form lightweight vessels that are not only useful, but also a pleasure to behold.


Quick Facts

  • Some baskets are lacquered red, yellow, or black; others are embellished with metalwork
  • Others are used to cover the exteriors of other domestic items such as boxes and bowls
  • Many Chinese baskets are embroidered with beautiful landscapes or take the shape of common animals

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Sellers Who Sell Chinese Baskets


Yardley Antiques

Yardley Antiques

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Lewis & Maese Auction Company

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International Auction Gallery

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Designer Homes of Central Florida