• #15616 Rare 17-18th Century Carved Antique Chinese Walnut Hardwood Brazier Case/ Stand

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    This interesting large size antique carved stand/ case was a puzzle until an expert in restoring valuable old Chinese furniture pieces visited our gallery and told us what it was. He knew because he once restored another similar item like this one. This early Qing brazier stand is a lining case for a bowl containing burning coal. The bowl would have been hung in the middle by four iron linked chains extended from the four corners inside the case. It is a source of heating during the cold winter in ancient China when electricity was not available. In one of the detailed photo, one can see this case has part of one metal loop chain remaining inside and is missing three other metal connecting chains. The supporting frame is made of Yu wood, northern elm, while the carved panels of the frame are made of Chinese walnut hardwood. So, this piece is actually a lining case for a brazier stand. What an unusual carved piece with wonderful Fu-lions on the top at the four corners! Just look at those expressions on the faces of the human-like Fu-lions! They make one smile! Furniture and one's living space are like twins not separable in both practical and spiritual way for many. On old Chinese furniture pieces, we often see carved auspicious symbols used to bless the people who lived in the house. The Fu-lion is generally a “blessing” and a symbol to "ward off the evil". Dimensions: 31 1/4"D x 38 7/8" H

  • #17010 Pair of Very Long Antique Carved Duei-Lian Wooden Couplets with Calligraphy Poem

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    This is a pair of very long antique hand-carved Duei-Lian Wooden Couplets with Calligraphy Poem for hanging on the walls. The origin of these phrases are unknown, although many known poets from Tang and Song and other dynasties have written many beautiful poems using plum blossoms and other natural objects in the scenery to express lyrical moments embedded with one's feeling for life, career, and the greater outer political environment. The calligraphy on these vertical plaques shows a spatial relationship between the viewer and the landscape in front of the viewer where one indulged in the beautiful scenery/ landscape with the sound of the birds and the few blossoming plum trees that stood out on a winter scenery. These objects and sounds brought one further into a fascinating world where one's spiritual self could engage with the scenery through these objects and sounds and became one with the nature. There are some minor scratches and fading on the plaques. Dimensions for each plaque with the hanger are approximately 73" L x 6 1/4" W x 7/8" D. Dimensions:

  • #14695 Antique Carved Dressing Table with Auspicious Deer & Plum Blossom

    Decorative and Collectible Decorative & Collectibles Specialty Item ...

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    695.00

    Antique elaborately Carved Dressing Table with Auspicious Deer & Plum Blossom from Northern China made of various hardwood and soft wood, refinished to FP blonde. 19th century or older.

  • #15618 Antique Hardwood Table Screen with Mirror

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    Antique hardwood table screen with mirror. 17 1/4"w x 8 1/4"d x 27 1/2"h

  • #12559 Narrow and Extra Tall Antique Wooden Gates with Handmade Iron Fitting

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    This is a very nice pair of antique Chinese wooden gates with beautiful hand-made old iron fitting possibly from the 18th century. Such gates might have been placed atop of stone or cement steps with a court yard or a garden behind them. Unlike the more recently reproduced pieces with iron fittings that were made of iron sheets, after being placed in the rain outdoor and rusted, cut into the shapes of the objects, and nailed or attached to the wooden surfaces of the doors, the iron fittings on this pair of doors were hand-hammered only bit by bit until the desired objects or designs were formed, including all the iron nails and decorative motives. The old fittings have wonderful textures and the depth and the look of the handmade metal work that is very unique. The floral motifs on this pair of gates might have been added on later. Dimensions for each panel is 8 3/4” W x 2” D x 91” H without the whole wooden locking structure at the back of the doors.

  • #15119 Antique Clothing Rack Made of Precious Nan Mu Hardwood

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    This graceful antique 17-18th century Chinese Ming style clothing stand is made of the precious Golden-Thread-Nan-Mu wood. Golden-Thread-Nan-Mu was mostly used in building imperial palaces and temples only. The wood carries tiny golden specks and sometimes with dramatic grain within the delicate wood. This wood is said to have a light fragrance in a climate with moisture and does not rot. Therefore, it was also used for coffins for the imperial family and the most wealthy. Few old furniture pieces made of this wood can be found. Minor repair and replacement of wood. Dimensions: 60 1/2"w x 60 1/2"h x 20 1/2"d

  • #15301 Rare Antique Brazier Stand with Two Drawers and Fitted with a Brass Bowl

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    This unusual and beautiful large size antique northern Chinese brazier stand is fitted with a brass pan for burning coals to keep warm at winter time. It is also uniquely fitted with two little drawers for storing tools such as small pair of stirs, etc. Dimensions: 29.5” L x 29.5” W x 24.75” H

  • #15039 Antique Wash Stand with Frame Made of Rare Jin-Si-Nan-Mu Wood

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    Antique wash stand with frame Made of Rare Jin-Si-Nan-Mu Wood and joined together with central lattice work. French Polish finish.

  • #14948 Extra Large Size Old Bamboo Woven Cradle

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    Extra large size old bamboo woven cradle with bamboo tubes on the four sides outside of the basket for holding bamboo sticks to hang mosquito tent; early 20th century. Dimensions: 36 1/2"w x 22"w x 17 3/4"h

  • #14911 Rare Antique Flower or Wash Stand in Carved Bamboo Style

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    1500.00

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    Rare antique flower or wash stand carved with bamboo motif with worn old green lacquer. French Polish finish. Dimensions: 15"w x 21 1/2"h ( This item is shown on our home page “SPECIALS” )

  • #14742 17-18th Century Round Shaped Low Braizer Stand

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    2800.00

    1600.00

    This simple yet well made early style antique Chinese brazier stand with arrow style legs from the north is made of Yu wood, northern Chinese elm. Construction is very simple but well suited its function with generous thick cuts of wood joining together without waste of parts. One can see from the additional detailed photo the two indented areas where it once held probably an iron pan with burning coals inside to keep the feet and the room warm. This brazier stand still retains the original dark lacquer finish which has now worn to be a beautiful patina. Arrow style legs or feet is a common feature for northern style Chinese furniture from Yangtze River and up north with many variations of the style. It can be really fun to examine all the varieties. Please note the corresponding shape of the leg at the top where it joins the waist of the stand with the apron in between the legs. Northern Chinese elm, unlike southern Chinese elm (Ju wood) which grows very slowly and takes often over 100 years to form an usable size tree, northern Chinese elm can grow to a big tree within five, six years. Therefore, it's a popular wood for the local furniture makers. Dried or aged northern elm is today perhaps the most common wood used for reproducing new furniture pieces for its showy beautiful large grain. Dimensions: 22"w x 9"h

  • #14723 Antique Ming Style Ju wood wash stand

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    1500.00

    550.00

    Antique Ju wood wash stand with elegant classical design and fitted blossom shape; unfinished condition. Dimensions: 25 1/2"w x 15 3/4"h

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