1 of 4 images

19th Century Chinese Reflective Opium Tray


Trimmed in rich rosewood, this hand mirrored glass tray has an ethereal look perfectly in line with its former use as an opium tray. Dating from the mid-19th century at the height of opium use in China, the tray was used to corral the exquisitely crafted accouterments of smoking opium. Two of the corners are round and the other two square, indicating that the tray once stood up in a frame for use when desired. The mirror has spoiled beautifully over time. As central to Chinese social life as tea and tobacco, opium was enjoyed with friends and had its own culture, customs, traditions and ephemera.


  • Of the Period
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 20.75 in. x W 2 ft. 3 in. x D 1.5 in.

    H 52.71 cm x W 67.95 cm x D 3.81 cm

  • Seller location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller reference number
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2006
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in Chicago, IL
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
19th Century Chinese Provincial Butcher's Tray
Chinese Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Carved from a single piece of northern Elmwood, this hundred year old butcher’s tray made in Shanxi province charms with its rusticity and organic form. Marked with use and distingui...
Mid-18th Century Chinese Huanghuali Table Stand
Chinese More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture
This petite display stand was designed in the 18th century as a fine display stand and constructed of a highly coveted and now extinct hardwood, huanghuali. The wood was prized for i...
Fine Chinese Tea Tray
Chinese Antiquities
Beautifully carved with a gently undulating rim and lozenge-shaped cutouts, this 19th century tray once served tea or held a scholar’s implements in an artist's studio. The tray is m...
Chinese Large Primitive Tray
Chinese Antiquities
Carved from pine, this hundred-year-old tray made in northern China, charms with its rusticity and simple shape. Marked with use and distinguished by the natural grain and knots of w...
You May Also Like

Sciro Tray

$1,340 / item
Sciro Tray
Antonio Ciulli e Figlio
Italian Platters and Serveware
Bronze, Mirror
This exquisite tray features a mirrored top that will create striking effects with the surrounding light and with the objects displayed or served on it. Its delicate frame is made in...
19th Century Continental Overmantel
Fruitwood, Brass, Mirror
19th Century Continental, Fruitwood and Brass Inlay, Neo-Classical Over Mantel Mirror
19th Century Giltwood Mirror
Unknown Wall Mirrors
This 19th century giltwood mirror is likely English. It is adorned with finely carved c-scrolls, acanthus leaves and flowers.
19th Century French Mirror
French Wall Mirrors
19th century French giltwood mirror.
Small French 19th Century Giltwood Mirror
French More Mirrors
Small 19th century giltwood mirror. France 19th century. Weathered.
19th Century Pivoting White Painted Mirror
American Wall Mirrors
You are viewing an original 19th century pivoting mirror. The original white chip paint has great character on the mirror with aged flection. The mirror can be mounted on the wall or...
19th Century Oak Carved Mirror
English Wall Mirrors
Magnificent 19th century oak framed mirror with impressive deep stepped moulding.
19th Century Italian Carved Mirror Frames
Italian Wall Mirrors
19th century Italian carved mirror frames. Each having a heavy distressed looking glass with a centre solid wood carved frame of scrolls, seashells and flowers.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries