Antique Two Sided Sweetmeat Confection-Mold, China (3562BLE)


H: 15.125″  W: 14.875  D: 1.25″

This intricately hand carved and decorated confection-mold with carved moulds on both sides was probably a wedding gift for a wealthy family filled with auspicious symbols- a 5-petal plum blossom decorations attached to vines are signs of good fortune, prosperity, and longevity and their seeds are fertility symbols.


This confection-mold was likely made in Fujian province famous for small vernacular furniture and decorative accessories made for the new wealthy merchant class of ordinary Chinese with no imperial court connections. These Qing-furniture and accessories were made to show wealth, often painted red, the color associated with fu and highlighted with gold that enhances that red, especially when it is accented with black.This intricately hand carved and decorated confection-mold has smooth carved molds on both sides and was used to make confections called sweetmeats (tianshin) similar to round mooncakes eaten at festivals, holidays, and other key celebrations. One side produces 5 medium size confections and other makes 9 smaller ones. The mold has Chinese symbolic wishes:  the 5-petal plum blossoms attached to vines that represent the Five Blessings or Happinesses and seeds in the florals are fertility symbols for male descendants.  Given the coded symbols of fertility for sons, the auspicious blessings of fu this piece was probably a marriage gift to a young couple to add positive wishes for a good life. Kitchen-accessories like this make unique gifts and are part of the VA Accessories-and-Furniture Collection.



Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19th Century

Materials and Technique

Wood, polychrome, lacquer

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 1.25" 15.125” 14.875”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 3.81cm W: 38.42cm D: 37.78cm


Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

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