Chinese Utensils

Chopsticks made of wood, plastic, bamboo, or steel have been used in China for thousands of years. Used as early as 1766 B.C. in the Shang Dynasty, chopsticks were first used for cooking. It wasn’t until the Han Dynasty that chopsticks became the primary eating utensil for the Chinese people. Since its creation, chopstick use has spread from mainland China to Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and other countries.

Chinese soupspoons are also noticeably different from Western soup spoons. Chinese soupspoons tend to have a deep flat bowl attached to a short fat handle. Because these spoons have wider sides, Chinese spoons have the ability to hold much more liquid than their Western counterparts and are often used in conjunction with chopsticks when eating noodles, dumplings, or other foods in soups.


Quick Facts

  • The English word “chopstick” is rumored to have stemmed from the meaning “chop-chop” as in “quickly." In Chinese, the word is “kuai-zi," translating to “quick” and “bamboo”
  • Silver-tipped chopsticks were often used by wealthy families as a luxury. They were also believed to have turned black when they came in contact with poison
  • The Chinese word for chopsticks, “kuai-zi," is also a homonym for good sentiments one might wish upon someone else in the near future

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William Hutton & Sons Ladle and A Serving Spoon
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
William Hutton & Sons Ladle and A Serving Spoon
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $40- $60
$201 Bid
Claes Oldenburg - Postcard of the Spoon on lle St.
Nov 11, 12:00 PM EST
Claes Oldenburg - Postcard of the Spoon on lle St.
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$8000 Bids
6 CHINESE MELON-SHAPED SPOONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
6 CHINESE MELON-SHAPED SPOONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Norwegian Vermeil & Plique a Jour Spoons, 8 PCS.
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Norwegian Vermeil & Plique a Jour Spoons, 8 PCS.
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Ice sickle and ice serving spoon
Oct 28, 11:00 AM CEST
Ice sickle and ice serving spoon
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €180- €720
€1600 Bids
2-part fish serving cutlery, german approx. 1900
Oct 28, 11:00 AM CEST
2-part fish serving cutlery, german approx. 1900
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €140- €560
€1200 Bids
Serving spoon, France approx. 1900
Oct 28, 11:00 AM CEST
Serving spoon, France approx. 1900
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €150- €600
€1200 Bids
TC Shop Arts & Crafts Sterling Salad Spoon and Fork
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
TC Shop Arts & Crafts Sterling Salad Spoon and Fork
by Revere Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
A CHINESE GILT SILVER BUDDHIST UTENSILS
Oct 24, 4:00 PM MST
A CHINESE GILT SILVER BUDDHIST UTENSILS
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $700- $900
$2000 Bids
A SET OF CHINESE GILT BRONZE EIGHT IMMORTALS HANDLE SPOONS
Oct 23, 4:00 PM MST
A SET OF CHINESE GILT BRONZE EIGHT IMMORTALS HANDLE SPOONS
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $700- $900
$2000 Bids
PAIR OF CHINESE GILDING SILVER SPOONS
Oct 30, 8:00 PM EDT
PAIR OF CHINESE GILDING SILVER SPOONS
by NC Auctioneer Inc.
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$4000 Bids
A CHINESE GILT-SILVER SPOON
Oct 30, 8:00 PM EDT
A CHINESE GILT-SILVER SPOON
by NC Auctioneer Inc.
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$3000 Bids
Pair of small chopsticks, Chin
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
Pair of small chopsticks, Chin
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Chopstick (chopsticks), China,
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
Chopstick (chopsticks), China,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
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A FAMILLE ROSE SWEETMEAT SET AND A SET OF SPOONS EN SUITE Late Qing Dynasty (25)
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A FAMILLE ROSE SWEETMEAT SET AND A SET OF SPOONS EN SUITE Late Qing Dynasty (25)
by Bonhams
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids
Antique Ifugao Carved Wood Spoon, Philippines
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Ifugao Carved Wood Spoon, Philippines
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Antique Ifugao Carved Wood Spoon. Philippines
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Ifugao Carved Wood Spoon. Philippines
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Azera Coconut Shell Spoon, Markham Valley Morobe Province, PNG
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Azera Coconut Shell Spoon, Markham Valley Morobe Province, PNG
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Utensils


Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

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Material Culture

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus