(1644-1912) The Qing (Ch’ing) dynasty also called the Great Qing and Manchu dynasty for the peoples that seized control from the Hans, the Qing was the longest and last Chinese imperial dynasty spanning almost 250 years. Called China’s “Golden Era,” it was a time of great expansion, the empire’s territory and population tripled from 150 million to 450 million, its economy was integrated and its culture was totally transformed. The Peking opera was initiated and prospered, a dictionary of Chinese characters was published, large encyclopedias and collections on Chinese literature were written, poetry and literature reached its heights, its printing industry grew by bounds, blue and white porcelain and jade carving reached its apogee, China’s top two universities were founded, the first canons were developed, the Manchus adopted Chinese culture as its own allowing further cultural achievements, reemphasized the teachings of Confucianism and instituted government efficiency and obedience to the legal system. During the Ming and Qing dynasties Popular Religion flourished with temples created through China, especially in the South. Use of carved figures of ancestors, deities, heroes and Buddhist images flourished, displayed in temples, clan settings and in homes on private altars. Unfortunately, China’s archaic feudal system fueled its backwardness, allowed foreign trade in only four regions and restricted foreign exchanges missing much of the industrial revolution and gradually bringing on its decline. Most of our Chinese collection is from this era.

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  • Antique Carved Standing Ancestor Official, China (18017ESK) $425

    Ht: 8.25″  W: 3″  D: 2.125″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    Dressed in a red robe with a high neck collar, extremely wide sleeves extending below the knees and a belt around his waist, this ancestor figure portrayed as a civilian official standing on a rectangular base with hands together wearing a long civil official’s robe that extends to his shoes but has no rank badge indicated.

  • Antique Carved Sweetmeat Confection Mold, China (3214A-BKE)

    H: 5.625″  W: 27.875″  D: 9.75″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This exceptionally crafted and beautiful footed confection mould  was most probably a marriage gift from a wealthy family to the newly wed as seen its symbols.  It is elaborated and ornately decorated in vibrant reds and gilt with many auspicious symbols for fidelity, fertility and happiness with lotuses and pods filled with seeds, bats, paired fish and intertwined vines. 


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  • Antique Enamel Yixing Stoneware Teapot, China (1152B-PAR) $365

    H: 2.375″    W: 6.25 ”    D:  4 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

    This delicate antique Yixing teapot is unusually shaped with a  loop handle, short spout, flaring rim, small flat cover and small loops below its rim that indicate it may have been used to suspend oil or soy sauce rather than serve tea. Its charm is enhanced by its free hand-painted colored enamels with circular panels containing fanciful and bright floral and leaf decorations.

  • Antique Low Lacquered Wood Table, China (16005LMK) $595

    H: 5.625″  W: 27.875″  D: 9.75″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This charming small antique wood cabinet has two intricately carved drawers for storage and was probably made from elmwood.  Its low profile and fine lacquered finish add warmth and a touch of antique fine craftsmanship lends itself to a multitude of uses in any setting.  Auspicious symbols to bring blessings of fu carved on it include peonies and vines surrounding the butterfly pull, plum blossom and a Japanese lily on the left. The two sides have inset panel with florals and the bottom of the three sides has a decorative apron with fretwork vine design. It is covered with a warm patina which extends to the detailed brass butterfly handles. The drawers have marvelous carved wood designs.

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  • Antique Wood Oil Lamp with Double Fish, Lotus Design, China (16902B-POK) $295

    H: 33″  W: 5.75″  D: 8″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This tall unique hand-carved wood oil lamp is beautifully decorated with auspicious symbols to entice positive energy and luck in marriage and the arrival of many sons.: on top a pair of finely carved fish,  a lotus seed pod on a lotus leaf  to hold the oil and a base with a round lotus shape atop a square stone. In excellent condition, it was a well-used piece demonstrated by charred edges on the oil cup from the wick burning until all the oil was depleted.


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  • Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (19420A-JAS) $135

    H: 8”  W: 8”  D: 3.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This charming white porcelain Siamese cat teapot has a raised paw for pouring tea,  a removable head for adding water , and a long sinuous tail handle. The beautifully hand-painted design is whimsical and colorful with a thick dark red collar ribbon, a matching ornamental bow, and a ball under its left paw. Black, orange, red and blue accents define the cat’s face, ears, head, paws and the ball.


  • Vintage Porcelain Elegant Lady with Rose, Chinese Republic (17036JRK) $240


    This Chinese Republic Period delicate porcelain figurine holds a rose at her heart in her right snow white hand, her left arm covered by her shawl resting on a waist-high decorative vase with an opening to hold incense (joss) sticks. Her shawl drapes over her shoulders and lower garment with floral motifs extending to the beaded belt at her waist. The sweet facial expression with slightly smiling bowed lips is framed by her piled hair looped in a chignon over each ear. Given her luxurious garments and accessories, she is an aristocratic woman. The rose was often used on porcelains  during this period, representing eternal spring.  


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