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Antique Beautifully Decorated & Carved Chinese Export Mah-jong Game Case W Tiles For Sale
Of extraordinary and delightful character, for sale here after decades in a NY life-long Chinese collection is a beautifully conceived, carved, decorated and antique surface ChineseMahjongGame Setina box or case from the1880’s to early 1920’s topped with carved Bear (Otter?) and Rabbit figures and branchlike handle, and containing 4 drawers, 3 with game tiles.
Each side and top of the case is hand decorated,including paneled, painted and carved workmanship. The four sides have low relief
carved and painted pictorial cartouche decoration and are dovetailed to the base.
The wooden case, measuring approximately10 1/4" high x 91/2"wide x 7" deep, hasfour drawers withincontaining a total of 100 hand-decorated bone & bamboo game tiles.
Two drawers have been lost over time.
The bone and bamboogame tiles, approximately 1 1/8" x3/4” x 1/2" thick are in mostlygood condition. The contrasting bamboo backs and bone faces are dove-tail connected – a long time practice.
Painted on the undersideof the boxis “MADE IN CHINA” in tall letters, an export related practice begun in 1891.
Aspring isset into the back wall of the case behind the drawers.(1 missing drawwould have been a spring drawer.
Thecase has expected wear and resulting imperfections from age and use, missing pulls on a drawer,the front panel has a piece of molding missing from the back, a chip & crack on the front.
It is as-foundand as-is with the decoration still strong and the beautiful carved figural handle on the top is dynamic.
A beautiful ChineseExport work of art from the period.
On Apr-28-13 at 19:06:24 PDT, seller added the following information:
Please feel free to email me with any questions. This is an antique, not a new item and is being soldin good antique condition.The following pictures will explain the rest and are part of the description. Please check out my other sales.Communication is important. Let me know if there is any problem with item after receiving it. I accept paypal. New York residents must add nys sales tax to their total. I ship priority mail plus insurance,first class mail for small packages, with insurance. Outside the USA, I use mainly Priority mail International which often includes Insurance up to 65.00. INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS: Shipping Costs can be considerably higher. The buyer pays expenses for duties, taxes, customs clearance fees and any related charges. Customs forms are lawful documents. Please do not request false declarations, as this is considered illegal activity.
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Antique Beautifully Decorated & Carved Chinese Export Mah-jong Game Case W Tiles: $748