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19th Century Chinese Reflective Opium Tray

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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.

Details

  • Of the Period
    Qing
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    1850
  • 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
    W013
  • Reference number
    LU820011317003

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