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Thu, Apr 28, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 263

Group of Six Chinese Embroidered Pouches

Estimate: $500 - $700

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late 19th/early 20th century, of varying size and form, with floral and animal themed stitching, including: four silk scent pouches, two archer's ring cases, one made of fabric encasing a cylindrical form that would contain the ring, the other, a hand-carved zitan wood dome with base affixed to a long strand finished with a deep teal fan pouch with fine gold thread stitching, 3 x 3-1/4 in. to 24 in.

Note: A “pouch,” or “hebao” in Chinese, is a kind of adornment of traditional Chinese clothing, used for carrying odds and ends by the ancient Chinese, something like today’s purse. They are usually made into various beautiful shapes, such as rotund, oblong, peach, ruyi and guava. In very early times, they were designed to suspend from belts, to carry money, small items, handkerchiefs. Many contained herbs as scented pouches. The integration of butterflies, flowers, insects, animals, plants melons, denoted good fortune, love, marriage, prosperity and longevity among others. With the evolution of clothing and incorporated pockets, these fine pieces of art slowly disappeared.

Provenance: Private Collection, Colorado


some staining throughout, scattered areas of fraying and some pulled threads, wear commensurate with age