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Provincial Chinese Woven Summer Hat Box, circa 1850



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. The conical lid of this 19th century round hat box indicates that it was originally used to store the owner's summer hat. Finely woven of split bamboo, the festive summer hats worn by ranked officials were usually lined with a fine silk gauze and topped with a beaded finial. Expertly woven of natural materials, this hat box has a rustic feel and an even, richly aged texture. Unusual and conversation-sparking, this sculptural woven box is a fantastic collector's item and a statement addition to the home.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Diameter: 15.5 in. (39.37 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Repaired: Antique wire repairs visible along basket opening. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CMCL0281stDibs: LU820021022102

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $175 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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Established in 1997
1stDibs seller since 2006
609 sales on 1stDibs
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