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19th Century Chinese Guardian Carpenter Line

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Given the beauty and thoughtful design of traditional Chinese furniture, it’s no wonder that Qing-dynasty carpenter’s tools were accorded the same attention to detail. This remarkably intact 19th century inkline reel is carved to depict a guardian fu dog with its paw upon an embroidered ball, a symbol of love and loyalty. Used to mark straight lines, this ingenious tool runs a thread across an inkwell as its drawn across a measured surface. Anchored by a stickpin, the thread is then stamped to create a straight guide line. Once an essential component of a Chinese carpenter's toolkit, this reel lives on as a storied sculptural object.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1850
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 3.75 in. x W 9 in. x D 4.75 in.H 9.53 cm x W 22.86 cm x D 12.07 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller Reference Number
    BJC097B
  • Reference Number
    LU820012999122
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