Red

The Chinese consider red to be a life-giving color, associated with summer, the south and the vermilion bird that represents the element fire and the period of maximum yang. Red is the color of fu, and is used as a wish to summon happiness, blessings and good fortune. The color of red enhances the “good luck” of any object on which it is used. Auspicious objects such as chopsticks, peonies and hibiscus which are recognizable by their shape but are not naturally red may be portrayed as red and thus symbolize the auspicious wishes associated with of fu. In masks red represents positive virtues of loyalty, heroism, and courage. Red is also the color of the goddess Shakti who personifies divine feminine creative power and creation.

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  • Antique Ancestor Official in Ornate Robe with Raised Lacquer Designs (5686BREM) $4,950

    $4,950.00
    H: 23.5″   W: 15.625″   D: 10″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This exceptional Qing carving portrays a seated official-ancestor wearing the traditional three layers of traditional official’s clothing, a red and black official’s hat, detailed black boots but his facial hair is missing. He has dark inset glass eyes, a pair of high cheekbones framing a large curved nose, a strong projecting chin and wrinkles on his forehead, indicators of a man having the wisdom of age and wisdom and who demands respect, esteem and deference, but only the holes which held facial hair remain. The top two robe-layers have wide borders within which are marvelous raised lacquer decorations. The entire outer robe contains striking raised designs that include cloud forms, flying phoenixes with spread wings and floral sprays.

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

    $475.00
    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 Earth God Tudi Gong, China (16332BOK) $775

    $775.00
    H: 12.125”  W: 6.125”  D: 4.125” | FREE SHIPPING

    This vibrant and finely carved wood statue is the old good-natured Earth God Tudi Gong once found in most rural communities throughout China. He is a kind and benevolent god as seen by his good natured features, believed to live in and help residents of small villages, especially for issues relating to agriculture or wealth.   As an administrator he sits on a horseshoe chair wearing officials clothes and carries a tael, a gold bar that symbolizes a wish for wealth. With his sweet and unpretentious demeanor, he looks like someone you just like to hang out with. Once in every village and most homes, these charming images have, like all Taoist deity images, become scarce.

     

     

  • Antique Lacquer and Gilt Pair of Fu Lions, China (16556ZOK) $395

    $395.00
    H: 5.75″  W: 3.25″  D: 2.75″ | FREE SHIPPING

    Each of this whimsical gold and red-burgundy lacquered pair of male fu lions sits erect on a high pedestal heads thrown back with flaring ears and  bulging eyes, decorative stylized manes and a small bushy tail. Their spirituality is displayed by the pair silently emitting the blessed mantra “aum”: the open mouthed lion forming an “au,” and the other completing it with a closed mouth to form “mmm.” The workmanship on these pieces is masterful, although rustic and provincial, and they are rare with their Buddhist symbolism and because most pairs of carved fu lions were lost during China’s modernization.

     

     

  • Antique Lacquered Fu Lion Candle Holder Pair, China (16065BAE) $395

    $395.00
    H: 5.75.”  W: 5”  D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This antique fu lion pair with candle holders arising from their backs look like they sprung from the mind of a Disney artist – they’re whimsical, have exaggerated features, possess a modicum of power, and command our attention while making us smile. In Buddhist traditions, fu lions were more friendly than fierce, with open mouths displaying teeth in a fanciful almost grinning pose. Following artistic traditions: they sit with forefeet on the ground, have thin bodies with rows of hair, a three-part tail, and are covered with auspicious reds and gilt. This endearing, fanciful, quirky, and delightful additions to any environment.

     

  • Antique Lacquered Wood Pair Fu Lion Furniture Bases, China (16735BSE) $595

    $595.00
    H: 4.25″  W: 2″  D: 0.75″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    During the Ming and Qing dynasties, small fu lion pairs were very popular accessories. As protectors of Buddhism, they are both menacing and friendly and this remarkably fanciful pair of crouching beasts joyously reflects both traits, with floppy ears, smiling open mouthed faces with tongues hanging out, and curled tails versus bushy eyebrows, bulging eyes and long pointed nails. As originally decorations on furniture with flat rear sides, they can stand alone as decorative accessories or even be a great pair of bookends. However they are used, they are guaranteed to bring a smile to those who are fortunate to see them on a regular basis.

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

    $595.00
    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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