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Antique Chinese Headrest 'Pillow' Box
Located in Pasadena, CA
This beautiful Chinese pillow box was hand-crafted by artisans to be used as headrest and to store valuables and important documents.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Antique Chinese Headrest 'Pillow' Box
  • Antique Chinese Headrest 'Pillow' Box
  • Antique Chinese Headrest 'Pillow' Box
  • Antique Chinese Headrest 'Pillow' Box
H 6.5 in. W 19.5 in. D 6 in.
Early 20th Century Provincial Chinese Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elmwood, this smooth block of wood was once used by an upper-class woman as a headrest. The soft curve and height of the block not only supported her head an...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Elm

Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This antique Chinese headrest was crafted from elmwood and has a wonderfully smooth texture and elongated shape. It likely belonged to an upper-class individual to support their head...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood

  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
H 4.73 in. W 10.63 in. D 3.15 in.
Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This antique Chinese headrest was crafted from elmwood and has a wonderfully smooth texture. It likely belonged to an upper-class individual to support their head. This piece has a l...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Other More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood, Elm

  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
H 5.32 in. W 14.57 in. D 3.75 in.
Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This antique Chinese headrest was crafted from elmwood and has a wonderfully smooth texture and elongated shape. It likely belonged to an upper-class individual to support their head...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Other More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Elm, Wood

  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
  • Chinese Elm Wood Headrest from Early 20th Century
H 3.75 in. W 11.03 in. D 3.94 in.
Chinese Elm Wood Headrest with Subtle Engravings from Early 20th Century
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This antique Chinese headrest was crafted from elmwood and has a wonderfully smooth texture. It likely belonged to an upper-class individual to support their head. This piece has a l...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Other More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood, Elm

Chinese Ceramic Headrest
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A Chinese unglazed ceramic headrest with lovely patina and naieve carvings on both sides. ONe geometrical and one of a fantasy beast (griffion?). These headrests are found in difform...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Ceramics

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Ceramic

  • Chinese Ceramic Headrest
  • Chinese Ceramic Headrest
  • Chinese Ceramic Headrest
  • Chinese Ceramic Headrest
H 5.91 in. W 11.03 in. D 3.15 in.
Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elmwood, this smooth block of wood was once used by an upper-class woman as a headrest. The soft curve and height of the block not only supported her head an...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Elm

  • Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
H 4.25 in. W 10.25 in. D 2 in.
Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elmwood, this smooth block of wood was once used by an upper-class woman as a headrest. The soft curve and height of the block not only supported her head an...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Elm

  • Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Wooden Headrest, c. 1900
H 4.25 in. W 1 in. D 2 in.
Chinese Celadon Guanyin Headrest, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep their elaborate hairstyles intact while sleeping, well-to-do Qing-dynasty women used elevated headrests such as this in lieu of a pillow. Dated to the 19th century, this porc...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Sculptures and Carvings

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Porcelain

Chinese Slatted Bamboo Headrest, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Made out of dexterous lengths of sliced bamboo this headrest enabled contour comfort—quite luxurious for 19th-century China. Lightweight and low-profile, it was the perfect accessory...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Bamboo

  • Chinese Slatted Bamboo Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Slatted Bamboo Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Slatted Bamboo Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Slatted Bamboo Headrest, c. 1900
H 3.75 in. W 11.75 in. D 5.5 in.
Chinese Split Bamboo Headrest, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted from lengths of split bamboo, this headrest enabled contour comfort, quite luxurious for 19th century, China. Lightweight and low-profile, it was the perfect accessory for a ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Rustic More Asian Art, Objects and Furn...

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Bamboo

Chinese Ceramic Spotted Cat Headrest, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat, w...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

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Ceramic

Chinese Split Bamboo Headrest, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted from lengths of split bamboo, this headrest enabled contour comfort, quite luxurious for 19th century, China. Lightweight and low-profile, it was the perfect accessory for a ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Bamboo

Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. This headrest is shaped in the form of a baby boy,...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

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Ceramic

  • Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, c. 1900
H 4.75 in. W 10 in. D 4.5 in.
Large Chinese Famille Verte Headrest with Courtyard Scenes
Located in Chicago, IL
This large porcelain block is an oversized version of the headrests once used by well-to-do women to keep their elaborate hairstyles intact while sleeping. Its exaggerated scale and ...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Ceramics

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Porcelain

Chinese Red Lacquer Hide Headrest, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted of painted, lacquered hide, this extraordinary headrest was created in China's Jiangxi province over 150 years ago. Its pliable design enabled contour comfort - quite luxurio...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Mounted Objects

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Hide

Chinese Brown and White Cat Headrest, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat, w...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Chinese Brown and White Cat Headrest, circa 1900
  • Chinese Brown and White Cat Headrest, circa 1900
  • Chinese Brown and White Cat Headrest, circa 1900
  • Chinese Brown and White Cat Headrest, circa 1900
H 7.5 in. W 5.25 in. D 13.75 in.
Late 19th Century Chinese Double Guardian Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. Painted in the style of Ming-dynasty cizhou ware, ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Late 19th Century Chinese Sancai Peony Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. Its unusual form is densely patterned with abstrac...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Pair of Chinese Boy and Girl Porcelain Ceramic Pillows Headrests
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful, playful pair. Really stood out when we found them. Very well done. We have never come across anything quite like them. These hard "pillows" were often used by high r...
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20th Century Chinese Ceramics

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Porcelain, Ceramic

Antique Chinese Ceramic Headrest 'Opium Pillow' with Coin Symbol, c. 1900
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This Shiwan ceramic opium pillow /headrest of earthenware features a green glaze. Pillows in this shape were not only used by opium smokers but most typically were used for that purp...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

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Ceramic

Late 19th Century Chinese Blue and White Cat Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat, w...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Antique Chinese Ceramic Headrests 'Opium Pillow', Early 20th Century, Pair
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This pair of Chinese ceramic headrests feature a green, brown and blue glaze as well as floral motifs. They also feature pierced sides with symbols of Chinese coins which are a symbo...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

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Ceramic

19th Century Chinese Blue and White Headrest with Guardian Lion
Located in Chicago, IL
In order to keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic box as a pillow. Lavishly decorated in the traditional blue-and...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

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Porcelain

Pair of Wenge Wood Mini Stools, Headrests, Stands
Located in Somis, CA
Beautiful miniature stools are made of the most spectacular wenge wood. This type of wood has very distinctive wood grains. It is highly prized for its density and scenic, romantic g...
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2010s Chinese Models and Miniatures

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Wood

19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elmwood, this smooth block of wood was once used by an upper-class woman as a headrest. The soft curve and height of the block not only supported her head an...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Abstract Sculptures

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Elm

  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
H 5.5 in. W 13.5 in. D 2.25 in.
19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elmwood, this smooth block of wood was once used by an upper-class woman as a headrest. The soft curve and height of the block not only supported her head an...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Elm

  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
H 4.5 in. W 11 in. D 2.75 in.
19th Century Provincial Chinese Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
So as not to muss her intricate hairstyle, an upper-class woman once laid her head on this walnut headrest. Deviating from more finished varieties, this 19th century headrest has a s...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Natural Specimens

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Walnut

  • 19th Century Provincial Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Provincial Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Provincial Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Provincial Chinese Headrest
H 8.5 in. W 13.25 in. D 8.25 in.
Early 20th Century Provincial Chinese Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elmwood, this smooth block of wood was once used by an upper-class woman as a headrest. The soft curve and height of the block not only supported her head an...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Elm

Provincial Chinese Scrollwork Headrest, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elmwood (yumu), this smooth block of wood was once used by a well-to-do woman as a headrest. The soft curve and height of the block not only supported her he...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Elm

Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. This headrest is shaped in the form of a “Ho Ho” b...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, circa 1900
  • Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, circa 1900
  • Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, circa 1900
  • Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest, circa 1900
H 6.75 in. W 3.5 in. L 6.75 in.
19th Century Chinese Pressed Lacquered Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
This extraordinary headrest made from lacquered hide in the Jiangxi region of China over 150 years ago calls to be touched. Its pliable design enabled contour comfort quite luxurious...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Steel

19th Century Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. This headrest is shaped in the form of a “Ho Ho” b...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Sculptures and Carvings

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Ceramic

  • 19th Century Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest
  • 19th Century Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest
  • 19th Century Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest
  • 19th Century Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest
H 6.25 in. W 9.75 in. D 7 in.
Chinese Green and White Glazed Headrest, Ming dynasty, c. 1650
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. Dating to the late Ming dynasty, this glazed headrest embodies ...
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Antique Mid-17th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Early 20th Century Chinese Ho Ho Boy Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. This headrest is shaped in the form of a “Ho Ho” b...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Figurative Sculptures

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Porcelain

Late 19th Century Chinese Brown Glazed Cat Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat we...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Late 19th Century, Chinese Mottled Black Cat Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat, c...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Late 19th Century Chinese Black Glazed Cat Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat, c...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

19th Century Chinese Blue and White Headrest with Guardian Lion
Located in Chicago, IL
In order to keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic box as a pillow. Lavishly decorated in the traditional blue-and...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Ceramics

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Porcelain

19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elmwood, this smooth block of wood was once used by an upper-class woman as a headrest. The soft curve and height of the block not only supported her head an...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Organic Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Elm

  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
  • 19th Century Wooden Chinese Headrest
H 5.75 in. W 10 in. D 3 in.
Chinese Bamboo & Rattan Opium Headrest from Early 20th Century
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This Chinese headrest was once used in an opium smoke house for a smoker to rest while intoxicated. It is hand-crafted from split bamboo and rattan with an elegantly curved shape. ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Other More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood

Chinese Wooden Opium Headrest from Early 20th Century
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This Chinese headrest was once used in an opium smoke house for a smoker to rest while intoxicated. It is hand-carved from wood with an elegantly curved shape. This piece has a lovel...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Other More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood

Chinese Keepsake Headrest, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted of a fine hardwood, this early 20th century footed headrest was once used by an upper-class woman in lieu of a pillow. Gently curving to support her head and neck at rest, th...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Hardwood

  • Chinese Keepsake Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Keepsake Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Keepsake Headrest, c. 1900
  • Chinese Keepsake Headrest, c. 1900
H 4 in. W 10 in. D 4 in.
Chinese Green Glazed Ceramic Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
In ancient China, pillows were thought to guide and influence a person’s dreams, which were important because they were believed to influence your waking life. The design, color, mat...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Ceramic

  • Chinese Green Glazed Ceramic Headrest
  • Chinese Green Glazed Ceramic Headrest
  • Chinese Green Glazed Ceramic Headrest
  • Chinese Green Glazed Ceramic Headrest
H 7 in. W 4.75 in. D 3.5 in.
Chinese Green Glazed Ceramic Headrest, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
In ancient China, pillows were thought to guide and influence a person’s dreams, which were important because they were believed to influence your waking life. The design, color, mat...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Chinese Brown and White Cat Headrest, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat, w...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Early 20th Century Chinese Green Glazed Ceramic Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
In ancient China, pillows were thought to guide and influence a person’s dreams, which were important because they were believed to influence your waking life. The design, color, mat...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Late 19th Century Chinese Mottled Brown Cat Headrest
Located in Chicago, IL
To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat, c...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

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Chinese Headrest For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the Chinese headrest you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of ceramic, wood and hardwood, every Chinese headrest was constructed with great care. There are 33 variations of the antique or vintage Chinese headrest you’re looking for, while we also have 1 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect Chinese headrest — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. Each Chinese headrest bearing hallmarks is very popular.

How Much is a Chinese Headrest?

Prices for a Chinese headrest start at $180 and top out at $2,780 with the average selling for $813.

Finding the Right Asian Art and Furniture for You

From Japanese handmade earthenware pottery, originating circa 14,500 B.C. and adorned with elaborate corded patterns known as jōmon, to natural elm case pieces and storage cabinets built in Qing dynasty–era China to mid-century Thai rice-paper charcoal rubbings, antique and vintage Asian art and furniture make for wonderful additions to all kinds of contemporary interiors.

Eastern elements elevate any home’s decor. Introduce zen sensibility to your living room, dining room and bedroom with the neutral color palettes and the natural materials such as rattan, bamboo and elm that we typically associate with traditional Asian furniture. Decorative handwoven embroideries and textiles originating from India and elsewhere on the continent, which can be draped over a bed or sofa or used as a wall hanging, can be as practical as they are functional, just as you wouldn’t seek out Japanese room-divider screens — often decorated with paintings but constructed to be lightweight and mobile — merely for privacy.

With everything from blanket chests to lighting fixtures to sculptures and carvings, it’s easy to tastefully bring serenity to your living space by looking to the treasures for which the East has long been known.

For British-born furniture designer Andrianna Shamaris, the Japanese concept of beauty in imperfection isn’t limited to her Wabi Sabi collection. She embraces it in her New York City apartment as well. In the living area, for instance, she retained the fireplace’s original black marble while swathing its frame and the rest of the room in bright white.

“We left the fireplace very clean and wabi-sabi, so that it blended into the wall,” says Shamaris, who further appointed the space with a hand-carved antique daybed whose plush pillows are upholstered in antique textiles from the Indonesian island of Sumba.

In the growing antique and vintage Asian art and furniture collection on 1stDibs, find ceramics from China, antiquities from Cambodia and a vast range of tables, seating, dining chairs and other items from Japan, India and other countries.