Antique Chinese Wedding Basket this enchanting Chinese Food Basket (circa late 1800’s - early 1900’s) is made of wood and bamboo, its original brass handle is securely perched on top of solid bamboo arms. Hand painted with gold and black paint on body and the lid features a rather unusual motif of young boy playing ball.
Although there are visible signs of wear and paint loss that come with age, overall, this lovely Chinese Fold Basket has survived the test of time and remains in good condition, expect patina and structure to reflect this items age, as pictured. The wood has expanded and split in some areas due to changes in temperature and humidity levels over time which is to be expected but it adds to this items character and does not affect the integrity of the piece. If you have additional questions please ask for photos or video call to inspect the item.
This splendid basket is still able to be used for practical storage as well as be appreciated as a rare and unique decorative object. It is sure to spark conversation. And, if by chance, you happen to be someone or know someone who is a chinoiserie lover and a sports fan this, this might be the perfect one-of-a-kind treasure or gift. Fill it with love, good wishes, and of course, the finest treats.
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DIMENSIONS: 12.5” H x 12" Diameter
MATERIALS: Wood and bamboo with original brass hardware
CIRCA: Late 1800’s - Early 1900’s
FACTS & HISTORY: Traditionally, these baskets were filled with dried fruits, nuts, and sweets and were presented to the bride and groom at the wedding. Chinese culture depends heavily on symbolism to communicate messages through artwork. These baskets were decorated with an array of endearing hand-painted flowers, birds, animals and fruit branches that represent prosperous new beginnings, long life, and luck. Made from bamboo, a symbol of longevity, flexibility, and strength. Perhaps partners can learn a vital lesson about marriage from bamboo; it bends, but does not break.
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