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Chinese Woven Summer Hat Box, circa 1850

$1,380

About

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 one's hat were beautifully constructed. This 19th century round hat box was originally used to store the owner's conical summer hat. Influenced by the woven bamboo hats of Chinese farmers, the festive summer hats worn by ranked officials were usually lined with a Fine silk gauze and topped with a beaded finial. While many hat boxes were finished with lacquered hide for an even finish, this box was lacquered directly atop the woven construction, resulting in gorgeous, textured wear from years of use. The hat box is woven with subtle handles on either side, as well as two on the underside in the interlocking coin motif, a symbol of wealth and success. Unusual and conversation-sparking, this sculptural box is a fantastic collector's item and a statement addition to the home.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Diameter: 13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CMCL0151stDibs: LU820020916362

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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