Posts tagged “Chinese”

NOV
09
2015

"Baoding Balls"

By mwilcox

Stressballs

These "Stress balls" or "Baoding balls" are a Chinese invention going back to Antiquity. They can be found constructed of virtually any material from plain carved bone to elaborate cloisonne. What these large "Marbles" are usually used for...

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JUL
28
2015

Oriental Style Carved Furniture

By mwilcox

Philtable

Heavily carved furniture like this has been made for the Export/Tourist Market since the turn of the 19th Century and remains in production to this day. The earlier examples tended to originate from China, and were heavily constructed of dark...

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NOV
17
2014

Antique Cloisonné "Foo Dog" Paperweights

By mwilcox

Foodogpaperweight

Antique Cloisonné "Foo Dog " paperweights like this generally date from the turn of the 19th Century and into the 1920's. Cloisonné is made by soldering metal wires, often brass silver or gold onto a metal base, the design is filled in with...

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SEP
15
2014

Antique Bronze Oriental Vase

By mwilcox

Chinesebronzevase

This oriental vase is a late 19th century “made for export" example, most likely Chinese. Comparable vases were made right into the 1920s, purchased as souvenirs by businessmen and sailors stationed in Asian ports. These are often poorly...

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JAN
10
2014

The Swastika Connection- 18th Century Chinese?

By mwilcox

Swaztikatextile

Because of its use by Hitler and the Nazis many people in the West since the 1930s associate this ancient symbol primarily with Nazism, and white supremacy in general. This was not always the case, as the Swastika is a "good luck" or religious...

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DEC
13
2013

Camphor-Wood Chests

By mwilcox

Artdecochest

Generally these carved Chinese chests date from the turn of the 19th century through the first quarter of the 20th Century, brought back by Servicemen or businessmen for the folks back home. Typically they have a harbor scene or landscape on the...

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