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Chinese Solid Elm Jewelry Box with Carved Flowers
Located in Somis, CA
A beautiful, solid elm wood, never used, jewelry box with carved flowers and three full length drawers. The box opens to support the mirror stand. There are two positions for the mir...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Jewelry Boxes

Materials

Brass

Chinese Inlaid Wood Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa early 20th century Chinese wooden box with mother of pearl inlay.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

  • Chinese Inlaid Wood Box
  • Chinese Inlaid Wood Box
  • Chinese Inlaid Wood Box
  • Chinese Inlaid Wood Box
H 2 in. W 5 in. D 3.5 in.
Hand Carved Chinese Wood Floating Dragon Box
Located in Chicago, IL
A hand carved Chinese wood floating dragon box.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Hand Carved Chinese Wood Floating Dragon Box
  • Hand Carved Chinese Wood Floating Dragon Box
  • Hand Carved Chinese Wood Floating Dragon Box
  • Hand Carved Chinese Wood Floating Dragon Box
H 4.25 in. W 12.0 in. D 7.75 in.
Painted Wood Jewelry Box Organizer Chinese Storage Mini Closet Asian Ornament
By Eastern Artisans
Located in Milano, IT
Exceptional and unique mini closet entirely made in wood, perfect to serve as a stylish and design jewelry box organizer. Perfect as house ornaments, hand painted on wood. Good condi...
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Vintage 1980s Chinese Chinese Export Jewelry Boxes

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Iron

Two Chinese Work Boxes
Located in London, GB
This duo comprises two Chinese work boxes: one, of lacquered and parcel giltwood, was produced circa 1850, while the second, of painted wood inlaid with ersatz mother of pearl, dates...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood, Wood

  • Two Chinese Work Boxes
  • Two Chinese Work Boxes
  • Two Chinese Work Boxes
  • Two Chinese Work Boxes
H 11.03 in. W 14.57 in. D 10.44 in.
Chinese Box on Stand
Located in Wilson, NC
This Chinese box on stand has four recessed carved gilt panels which create a fold down door that lifts out to expose the inner cabinet. There are four minor shrinkage separations in...
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Antique 1860s Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood, Paint

  • Chinese Box on Stand
  • Chinese Box on Stand
  • Chinese Box on Stand
  • Chinese Box on Stand
H 19.75 in. W 30.5 in. D 20 in.
Antique Chinese Scholar Box
Located in New York, NY
These Chinese scholar boxes were created in the early 20th century. Their palette is a rich spectrum of reds, varying in texture and finishes. The beautiful carved decorations includ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Chinese Scholar Box
  • Antique Chinese Scholar Box
  • Antique Chinese Scholar Box
  • Antique Chinese Scholar Box
H 5.63 in. W 25 in. D 12.25 in.
Chinese Lacquered Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Chinese lacquered wooden box in a lotus shape with a garden scene of children painted on the lid. Please note of wear consistent with age including minor paint loss, chips, and finis...
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20th Century Unknown Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Chinese Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Lacquered Box
H 4.50 in. W 15.50 in. D 16.25 in.
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

Materials

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.
Antique Handmade Wood Money Box with Hardware from 19th Century, China
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique handmade Chinese money box with metal hardware from the 19th century. This rectangular box is made of two-tone wood. The front displays a dark brown bottom drawer that ope...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

19th Century Chinese Export Game Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century Chinese export game box.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

  • 19th Century Chinese Export Game Box
  • 19th Century Chinese Export Game Box
  • 19th Century Chinese Export Game Box
  • 19th Century Chinese Export Game Box
H 3 in. W 18 in. D 9 in.
Chinese Cosmetic Chest Makeup Box with Mirror
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chinese black lacquer makeup box / Cosmetic Chest with mirror. A lovely addition to the dressing table or ladies closet - the black lacquer box folds down or can be opened to reveal ...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jewelry Boxes

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Magical Old Chinese Box in Faded Cinnabar
Located in Hopewell, NJ
If objects could talk, this box would have some interesting stories for all its wonderful aged patina, cracks and character. A faded cinnabar, the entire surface is meticulously hand...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Magical Old Chinese Box in Faded Cinnabar
  • Magical Old Chinese Box in Faded Cinnabar
  • Magical Old Chinese Box in Faded Cinnabar
  • Magical Old Chinese Box in Faded Cinnabar
H 13 in. W 22.5 in. D 12.5 in.
Chinese Woven Reed Zebra Trinket Box
Located in Miami, FL
Chinese Woven Reed Zebra Trinket Box Offered for sale is an intricately woven and finely detailed figure of a zebra from China, circa 1970. The zebra is not only a wonderful decorat...
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20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

Materials

Glass, Rattan, Wood

  • Chinese Woven Reed Zebra Trinket Box
  • Chinese Woven Reed Zebra Trinket Box
  • Chinese Woven Reed Zebra Trinket Box
  • Chinese Woven Reed Zebra Trinket Box
H 16.12 in. W 18 in. D 4.75 in.
Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
Located in New York, NY
Chinese mother of pearl inlaid lacquered long rectangular box, the cover depicting two figures or immortals with all-over landscape decoration, circa late 19th-early 20th century. 2....
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

  • Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
H 2.5 in. W 3.5 in. D 10.25 in.
Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
Located in New York, NY
Chinese mother of pearl inlaid lacquered rectangular box, depicting in landscape, circa late 19th-early 20th century. Measures: 3.5" H x 9.75" W x 5.75" D. Losses to inlay and cracks...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

  • Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
  • Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
H 3.5 in. W 9.75 in. D 5.75 in.
Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box
Located in New York, NY
Chinese mother of pearl inlaid lacquered circular box, the cover depicting mother with two children with all-over landscape decoration, circa late 19th-early 20th century. Measures: ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

19th Century Handmade Wooden Chinese Hat Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Chinese wooden hat box - handmade, with a chinoiserie image. The box is in very good condition with fitted top, the wood is a wonderful patinated color. A complimentary decor to an...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Early 19th Century Chinese Lacquer Box
Located in Pasadena, CA
This charming 19th century Chinese lacquer sewing box has seen many hands and much love having developed a deep natural patina over its 200 years of life. Although deeply patinated t...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

  • Early 19th Century Chinese Lacquer Box
  • Early 19th Century Chinese Lacquer Box
  • Early 19th Century Chinese Lacquer Box
  • Early 19th Century Chinese Lacquer Box
H 5.25 in. W 8 in. D 11.5 in.
Exquisite Chinese Export Lacquer Box & Stand, circa 1820
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Exquisite Chinese export lacquer box and stand, circa 1820, in two parts, the box with warm faded top, revealing a vibrantly decorated interior. The exterior profusely and continuous...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

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Wood, Wood, Lacquer

Chinese Export Aubergine Lacquer and Gilt Sewing Box
Located in New York, NY
Decorated profusely with court figures in landscape settings; raised on gilt winged paw feet; the octagonal top opening to a fitted interior with multiple lidded compartments.
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Antique 1820s Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

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Lacquer, Wood

Chinese Gourd-Form Presentation Box, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This finely lacquered box was once presented as a gift, filled with popular snacks like roasted melon seeds, dried fruit, and cinnamon-toasted soy beans. The lightweight box is forme...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

Chinese Vintage Treasure Box with Traditional Bronze Hardware
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese vintage treasure box from the mid-20th century with traditional bronze hardware. Born in China during the midcentury period, this wooden treasure box features a linear appe...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Chinese Red Lacquer Summer Hat Box, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
No self-respecting man in Qing-dynasty China would leave the house without some kind of hat. In fact, headgear was so central to social status that even the containers used to store ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood, Hide

Antique Chinese Cracker and Sweets Packing Box, circa 1880
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original Chinese wooden box with dovetail joints. It says, "crackers" on one side and "sweets" on the other. The box is very light. Probably made out of Balsa wood....
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

Chinese Red Lacquer Peach Form Presentation Box, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This charming red lacquer box once sat on the table of a Qing-dynasty home, filled with popular snacks like roasted melon seeds, dried fruit, and cinnamon-toasted soy beans. Possibly...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Wood, Lacquer

19th Century Chinese Eternal Love Offering Box
Located in Chicago, IL
This ornately carved 19th-century offering box would have been presented as a gift filled with popular Chinese snacks, including roasted melon seeds, dried fruit, and soybeans toaste...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Lacquer, Paint, Wood

19th Century Chinese Export Chinoiserie Cellarette / Box on Stand
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century Chinese export chinoiserie cellarette / box on stand Measures: Overall 18" W x 12.75" D x 26" T just box 17" W x 11.75" D x 11.5" T.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

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Wood

19th Century Chinese Export Chinoiserie Lacquer Sewing Box
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautifully executed black lacquer sewing box made for the English market. The rectangular shaped box has gilt chinoiserie overall with handles and a scalloped paneled lid. Fitted ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Decorative Boxes

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Wood, Bone

Finial Small Box in Winter White Wood by CuratedKravet
Located in Bethpage, NY
A decorative Paulownia wood box featuring a long neck finial top and a gray washed lacquered finish.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

Finial Large Box in Winter White Wood by CuratedKravet
Located in Bethpage, NY
A decorative Paulownia wood box featuring a long neck finial top and a gray washed lacquered finish.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Finial Medium Box in Winter White Wood by CuratedKravet
Located in Bethpage, NY
A decorative Paulownia wood box featuring a long neck finial top and a gray washed lacquered finish.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Chinese Antique Stacking Lunch Box with Lacquered Accents and Handle
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese rattan and wood stacking picnic basket from the early 20th century, with lacquered foliage motifs and large handle. Born in China during the early years of the 20t...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Rattan, Wood

Antique Chinese Wooden Wedding Carrying Tiered Treasure Box with Nailheads
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese wooden tiered carrying wedding treasure box from the early 20th century, with large volutes, handle and nailheads. Born in China during the early years of the 20th...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Vintage Chinese Midcentury Rattan Circular Hat Box with Weathered Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage Chinese rattan hat box from the mid-20th century with weathered patina and oxidized accents. We have similar ones available. Born in China during the midcentury period, thi...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Chinese Qing Dynasty Tiered Wedding Box with Nailheads and Dark Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing dynasty period wooden tiered wedding box from the 19th century, with carved sides, handle and nailheads. Created in China during the 19th century, this wedding box fea...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Chinese Antique Lidded Lunch Box with Volutes, Handle and Distressed Finish
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese antique lidded lunch box from the early 20th century, with weathered patina, large handle and volutes. Born in China during the early years of the 20th century, this small ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Large Scale 19th Century Chinese Red Painted Wooden Tea Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large scale 19th century Chinese red painted wooden tea box.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Chinese Qing Dynasty Red Lacquered Scroll Box with Distressed Gold Chinoiserie
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing dynasty red lacquered lidded scroll box from the 19th century with distressed gold chinoiserie motifs. Resting on a scalloped plinth accented with discreet foliage, th...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Copper Mounted Veneered Wood Box Decorated with Bone Plaques
Located in London, GB
The bone plaques thoroughly decorated with floral pierced patterns, with metal handles on either side and partitions in the interior.
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Arts and Crafts Jewelry Boxes

Materials

Copper

Chinese 19th Century Red Lacquered Treasure Chest Box with Brass Hardware
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese red lacquered treasure chest box from the 19th century, with brass hardware. Born in China during the 19th century, this elegant treasure chest features a red lacquered sur...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Antique Chinese Wooden Document Box with Distressed Patina and Brass Stud Design
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique rustic Chinese wooden document box with brass stud design. Created in China, this rectangular box charms us with its nicely worn appearance and distressed patina. Presenti...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

Chinese Antique Black Lacquered Decorative Box with Brass Lock and Conic Lid
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese unusually shaped black lacquered box from the early 20th century, with brass lock and conic lid. Born in China in the early years of the 20th century, this stylish...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Rustic Antique Chinese Wooden Cash Box with Removable Top, Studs and Chain
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese wooden cash box from the early 20th century, with chain and partially removable top. Charming our eyes with its rustic presence and nicely weathered appearance, th...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal

18th Century Chinese Elongated Octagonal Box with Mother of Pearl Inlay
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th century Chinese elongated octagonal box with mother of pearl inlay.
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Antique 18th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

Mid-Century Wicker and Wood Rabbit Sculpture or Box
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Whimsical Mid-Century wicker, wood, and rattan rabbit from the Shanghai collection with its characteristic ambitious weave that features a surprising removable lid.
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20th Century Chinese Folk Art Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wicker

Fine Chinese Export Lacquer Game Box
Located in Essex, MA
Rectangular form with hinged lid opening to a fitted interior, with lower conforming case.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Boxes

Materials

Lacquer, Wood

  • Fine Chinese Export Lacquer Game Box
  • Fine Chinese Export Lacquer Game Box
  • Fine Chinese Export Lacquer Game Box
  • Fine Chinese Export Lacquer Game Box
H 3.5 in. W 12 in. D 10 in.
Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese chinoiserie painted box. Painting on the box tells several stories all happening during a large harvest that is very auspicious. A celebration in the making of succes...
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
  • Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
  • Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
  • Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
H 4.5 in. W 11.75 in. D 6.5 in.
Cinnabar Carved Asian Lidded Round Box
Located in West Hartford, CT
Rare cinnabar round lidded box with intricate carvings throughout. What makes this item most desirable is its size, which is much larger than the usual small trinket size cinnabar pi...
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Vintage 1950s Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Chinese Fan Shaped Lacquer Snackbox
Located in Chicago, IL
Imagine the delight of opening this mysterious, black box to find it filled with roasted nuts and decadent sweets. Unusual for its curved, fan-like shape, the 19th-century wooden box...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

  • Chinese Fan Shaped Lacquer Snackbox
  • Chinese Fan Shaped Lacquer Snackbox
  • Chinese Fan Shaped Lacquer Snackbox
  • Chinese Fan Shaped Lacquer Snackbox
H 5.25 in. W 17.5 in. D 9 in.
19th Century Hat Box
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a unusual example of a 19th century hat box in Fine Chinese coromandel lacquer. The hat box retains its original butterfly shaped chased brass lock plate. The lacquer feature...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Decorative Boxes

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Brass

  • 19th Century Hat Box
  • 19th Century Hat Box
  • 19th Century Hat Box
  • 19th Century Hat Box
H 12 in. W 14.75 in. D 10.5 in.
19th Century Chinoiserie Antique Humidor Jewelry Box
Located in Stamford, CT
A beautiful finely made 19th century chinoiserie antique humidor that can be used as a jewelry box. Wonderfully decorated and in fine condition.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Jewelry Boxes

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Wood

Chinese Red Lacquer Sewing Box Late 19th Century
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Chinese red lacquer and gilt decorated sewing box, circa 1910.
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Chinese Boxes

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

  • Chinese Red Lacquer Sewing Box Late 19th Century
  • Chinese Red Lacquer Sewing Box Late 19th Century
  • Chinese Red Lacquer Sewing Box Late 19th Century
  • Chinese Red Lacquer Sewing Box Late 19th Century
H 4.75 in. W 11.63 in. D 8.75 in.
Faux Bamboo Wicker Campaign Style Box
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Attractive wicker Campaign style lidded box featuring a faux-bamboo wood trim. Brass handles and lockplates with the handles having bat shaped plates. Great storage box lined with a ...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Campaign Decorative Boxes

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Brass

  • Faux Bamboo Wicker Campaign Style Box
  • Faux Bamboo Wicker Campaign Style Box
  • Faux Bamboo Wicker Campaign Style Box
  • Faux Bamboo Wicker Campaign Style Box
H 16 in. W 16 in. D 16 in.
Miniature Chinese Herb/Medicinal Fitted Case with Two Glass Bottles
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Miniature Chinese herb/medicinal fitted case with two glass bottles, the case is made of wood, light brown finish with gilt decoration and metal handle and clasps. The interior is bl...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

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Glass, Wood

Antique Chinese Rice Measure Basket with Original Iron Decoration
Located in New York, NY
A rustic antique wooden Chinese rice measure basket with beautiful patina and original metal hardware. Ideal for mail, magazines, or in the entry way for flip flops or dog leashes an...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Wooden Box with Porcelain Koi Fish on Lid
Located in Cookeville, TN
A hand painted porcelain koi fish is perched on top of the lid of this round wooden box. The lid comes off for you to store your treasures inside.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Arts and Crafts Decorative Boxes

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Porcelain, Wood

Chinese Antique Decorative Wooden Cover with Unusual Shape and Dark Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese antique decorative wooden cover from the 19th century. Charming us with its unusual shape and dark patina, this wooden cover which used to be part of a farmer's box, will m...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Chinese Qing Dynasty Carved Wooden Jewelry Chest with Lidded Top and Drawers
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty carved wooden jewelry chest from the 19th century, with lidded top, drawers and scrolling foliage. Crafted in China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), this j...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Jewelry Boxes

Materials

Wood

Art Deco Asian Decor Jewelry Box with Mother of Pearl Inlay
Located in Bochum, NRW
Art Deco Asian decor jewelry box with mother of pearl inlay. Jewelry box, black lacquered wood, shaped as a small two-door cabinet with two drawers, inside with vivid red peluche (v...
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Vintage 1930s Chinese Art Deco Jewelry Boxes

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Mother-of-Pearl, Velvet, Wood

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Chinese Wood Box For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the Chinese wood box you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A Chinese wood box — often made from wood, metal and lacquer — can elevate any home. There are 97 variations of the antique or vintage Chinese wood box you’re looking for, while we also have 3 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect Chinese wood box — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A Chinese wood box, designed in the Modern, Art Deco or Arts and Crafts style, is generally a popular piece of furniture.

How Much is a Chinese Wood Box?

The average selling price for a Chinese wood box at 1stDibs is $1,040, while they’re typically $128 on the low end and $8,080 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Boxes for You

From mere trinkets to useful receptacles that serve a distinct purpose, antique boxes as decorative objects have come in many forms over the years. No matter what they’re made of or where they end up in your home, decorative boxes add both style and storage to your space.

The decorative box that is likely most common is the jewelry box. These boxes were originally known as jewel caskets and were in common use in Ancient Egypt, as most Egyptians wore some sort of jewelry. A portable jewelry box, in its original intended use, was integral to keeping your jewelry safe and secure. This accessory has transformed in size, shape and appearance over the years. Initially it was common for a jewelry box to bear intricate ornamentation. Whether they’re mid-century modern works of marble and brass or feature playful Art Deco–style geometric decor, jewelry boxes boast real staying power.

Snuff boxes began to soar in popularity during the 17th century (and were commonplace in European homes by the mid-19th century). The boxes, some hand-painted with landscape scenes, some made from gold, porcelain or stone, contained a small amount of tobacco, which users would sniff, or “snuff,” throughout the day. Some particularly ornamental snuff boxes featured enameled designs or were set with precious gems and were given as gifts or party favors, particularly at the coronation of royalty or other lavish events.

Whether you’re organizing important mail in the foyer or tucking away medications in your bathroom, antique boxes — be they metal tea caddies, sterling-silver decorative boxes or Victorian cigar boxes made of oak (even if you don’t smoke) — are a sophisticated solution to help keep the surfaces in your home clutter-free. And no matter if you’re seeking a decorative box to beautify a desktop or bestow upon a loved one, you are sure to find something you love in the collection of antique and vintage boxes on 1stDibs.