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Metal Carved Bone Feng Shui Luopan
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a reticulated metal octagonal dome box decorated in the front with flowers & foliage. In the back, there is some carving depicting a bird surrounded by scrolls and more folia...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Export Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Bone

Chinese Calligraphy Brush, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the early 20th century, this fine calligraphy brush would have been an essential tool for a Qing-dynasty scholar-official, used to draft official documents or compose poetry...
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Early 20th Century Qing Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Hardwood

Chinese Inked Walking Stick, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This late 19th-century walking stick from northern China is painted with swirling black ink in rhythmic brushstrokes. The curving handle has been burnished from a century of use, len...
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Late 19th Century Folk Art Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Wood

Chinese Knotted Walking Stick, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
The knotted and twisted nature of root wood has long been celebrated in China, as evidenced in this fantastic late 19th-century walking stick. The wood’s unusual gnarled form was car...
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Late 19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Wood

Chinese Painted Bamboo Walking Stick, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This 19th-century walking stick from northern China is comprised of a length of thin bamboo that has been steamed and bent into a hook shape. The bamboo segments are painted in alter...
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Mid-19th Century Folk Art Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Bamboo

Chinese Walking Stick with Eagle Handle, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
During the Tang and Song dynasties, the imperial court created a class of intellectual and artistically trained literati. During times of political instability, some of these scholar...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Wood

Chinese Organic Root Walking Stick, c. 1870
Located in Chicago, IL
The knotted and twisted nature of root wood has long been celebrated in China, as evidenced in this stunning walking stick from 1870. The wood’s unusual twists and turns are cut and ...
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Late 19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Wood

Provincial Chinese Kite Reel, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
This unusually-shaped object is a 19th century Chinese kite reel, cleverly carved to contain small wooden beads that rattle back and forth as the reel is used. A popular past time, k...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Wood

Chinese Printing Block Panel, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Centuries before Gutenberg's printing press, China was developing and perfecting printing processes that remain popular today. This 19th century printing block finds new life as a wa...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Wood

Chinese Calligraphy Brush, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Along with paper, ink, and inkstone, the brush was among the four treasures found in a traditional scholar’s studio. The brush served as a direct link to the artist’s creative spirit...
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Early 20th Century Qing Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Elm

Antique Chinese Mooncake Press, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the mid-19th century, this rustic wood press is carved with twenty round molds used for shaping festive mooncakes. Packed with lotus root, red bean, or other regional fillin...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Wood

Early 20th Century Chinese Engraved Bone Sword
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Intricate Chinese carved and etched sword of bone plates, decorator piece. Period: Early 20th century Origin: China Size: 32".  
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Early 20th Century Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Bone

Chinese Wooden Block Printing Set, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Chinese innovations in ink, block printing, and movable type fueled global advancements in printing technology, expanding the range of influence of the written word. These printing i...
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Late 19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Wood

Chinese Weaving Shuttle, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved from elmwood, this 19th-century shuttle fits wonderfully in the hand. Beautifully worn from years of use, it was likely used in a workshop in southern China, carrying wef...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Elm

Chinese Painted Red Lacquer Hat Box Lid, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
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 ...
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19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Brass

Chinese Wooden Block Printing Set, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Chinese innovations in ink, block printing and movable type fed the technological push toward expanding the written word's range of influence in the world. This printing push evolved...
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Late 19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Wood

Chinese Burl Wood Calligraphy Brush, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Along with paper, ink, and inkstone, the brush was among the Four Treasures found in a traditional scholar’s studio. The brush served as a direct link to the artist’s creative spirit...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Burl

Pair of Chinese Silk Lotus Slippers with Irises, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
These dainty, pointed slippers, made of black silk and beautifully embroidered with yellow irises, were shaped to resemble a lotus bud and enhanced the diminutive shape of bound feet...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Fabric, Silk

Chinese Art Deco Carpet Rendering, circa 1930
Located in Chicago, IL
This hand painted carpet design provides a glimpse at the artistic process behind the Art Deco rugs produced in China in the 1920s and 1930s. Half sketch, half painting, the composit...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Paper

Chinese Calligraphy Brush, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Along with paper, ink, and inkstone, the brush was part of the Four Treasures found in a scholar’s studio. Arguably the most important tool, the brush served as a direct link to the ...
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Early 20th Century Qing Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Elm

Chinese Golden Lotus Gourd Water Dipper, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This most unusual water dipper is made of a natural gourd, ringed at the base and lip with polished hard wood. This particular gourd resembles the shape of a “golden lotus,” one of a...
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Late 19th Century Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Other

Set of Six Chinese Bound-Foot Lotus Slippers, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Each of these pointed slippers, crafted of beautifully embroidered silk, were shaped to resemble a lotus bud and enhanced the diminutive shape of bound feet. A practice that began in...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Cotton, Silk

19th Century Chinese Red Soup Spoon
Located in Chicago, IL
This 19th century porcelain soup spoon was likely used as an everyday eating utensil. Used in China as early as the Shang dynasty (1600-1046 B.C.), spoons predated chopsticks and rem...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Porcelain

Pair of 19th Century Chinese Lilac Lotus Slippers with Plum Blossoms
Located in Chicago, IL
These pointed silk slippers, beautifully embroidered with pink plum blossoms, were shaped to resemble a lotus bud and enhanced the diminutive shape of bound feet. A practice that beg...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Cotton, Silk

Pair of Early 20th Century Chinese Eyeglasses with Original Case
Located in Chicago, IL
These handmade brass glasses from northern China were fashionable in elite circles around the turn of the 20th century, as Western fashions increased in popularity. Historians note t...
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Early 20th Century Qing Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Brass

Pair of 19th Century Chinese Black Silk Lotus Slippers with Plum Blossoms
Located in Chicago, IL
These pointed slippers, beautifully embroidered with light blue plum blossoms on black silk, were shaped to resemble a lotus bud and enhanced the diminutive shape of bound feet. A pr...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Silk

Fine Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Spoon
Located in Chicago, IL
A delicate example of the time-honored practice of blue-and-white ceramics, this 19th century porcelain soup spoon was likely used as an everyday eating utensil. Used in China as ear...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Early 20th Century Chinese Wooden Printing Blocks
Located in Chicago, IL
Chinese innovations in ink, block printing, and movable type fueled global advancements in printing technology, expanding the range of influence of the written word. These printing i...
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Early 20th Century Qing Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Wood

Pair of 19th Century Chinese Double Luck Lotus Slippers
Located in Chicago, IL
These pointed silk slippers are beautifully embroidered with colorful bats and golden coins, symbols of happiness and good luck, and were shaped to resemble a lotus bud to enhance on...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Fabric, Silk

Chinese Shanghai Deco Perfume Bottle
Located in Chicago, IL
In the 1920s and 1930s, Shanghai, China was swept up in the Art Deco design movement. Design, architecture, art, fashion, and furniture were all influenced by this modern movement, p...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Glass

Early 20th Century Chinese Calligraphy Brush
Located in Chicago, IL
During the early 20th century Chinese scholar would have used this finely made calligraphy brush to write official documents or compose poetry. He would have held the handle upright ...
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Early 20th Century Qing Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Fruitwood

Chinese Double Gourd Longevity Cricket Cage
Located in Chicago, IL
The practice of keeping crickets as pets began in China as early as the Tang dynasty, (618-907). Appreciated for their chirping "songs," crickets were caught at the end of summer and...
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Late 19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Other

Chinese Handheld Ink Block, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Chinese innovations in ink, block printing and movable type fed the technological push toward expanding the written word's range of influence throughout the world. This printing push...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Elm

19th Century Chinese Brass Fortune Brazier
Located in Chicago, IL
Dancing in the light of glowing coals, the intricately rendered figure and fanciful fish that adorn this 19th century brazier must have delighted those warming their hands over the h...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Brass

19th Century Chinese Floral Incised Brass Brazier
Located in Chicago, IL
This 19th century handcrafted bronze hand warmer would have been owned by a woman of means and filled with coals so she could warm her hands on cold winter nights. The top is beautif...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Brass

19th Century Chinese Silk Skull Cap with Gilt Lacquered Box
Located in Chicago, IL
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 a boy’s passage into manhood was m...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Silk, Cane, Wood, Lacquer

Porcelain Mao Tse Tung Bust
Located in Chicago, IL
Porcelain cultural revolution bust of Mao Tse Tung. Fantastic historic political decorative object.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Porcelain

Early 20th Century Chinese Calligraphy Brush
Located in Chicago, IL
Along with paper, ink, and inkstone, the brush was part of the four treasures found in a scholar’s studio. Arguably the most important tool, the brush served as a direct link to the ...
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Early 20th Century Qing Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Wood

19th Century Chinese Carved Bone Calligraphy Brush
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved of animal bone, this early 20th century calligraphy brush is composed of multiple beads depicting monkeys plucking ripe peaches off a tree branch. This playful scene refe...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Other

Madame and Chairman Mao, Unusual Porcelain Cultural Revolution Statue
Located in New York, NY
A rarely seen piece of Cultural Revolution memorabilia, this finely wrought porcelain statue of Madame and Chairman Mao is an incredibly detailed and powerful piece, China, circa 197...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Porcelain

Cultural Revolution Porcelain Mao Pins
Located in New York, NY
A collection of three 1960s Cultural Revolution period porcelain Mao pins. Each shows a different image of Chairman Mao. China, circa 1960s. KM1.
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1960s Vintage Chinese Historical Memorabilia

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Porcelain

Cultural Revolution Period Porcelain Mao Plaque
Located in New York, NY
A standing Cultural Revolution period porcelain plaque celebrating Chairman Mao. This plaque is decorated on both sides with an image of a clapping Mao on one side and Cultural Revol...
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1960s Vintage Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Chinese Scholar's Sign
Located in New York, NY
A distinctive 19th century Chinese scholar's sign mounted on custom base. These pieces were awarded to the winners of national academic examinations in China. They were customarily d...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Chinese Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Wood

People's Republic of China Porcelain Group, circa 1965
Located in Paris, FR
Porcelain group of the Chinese revolution, representing a soldier and peasant allies to the future. The inscription in Chinese means "army and people are one family"
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1960s Vintage Chinese Historical Memorabilia