Still Hunting Present for That Someone…

… who seems to have everything?  Please allow us to make a few suggestions!

1. Jade: In Eastern cultures, Jade is considered more precious than gold, as marked by this ancient Chinese proverb: “You can put a price on gold, but jade is priceless”.  It is as significant as diamond in the Western world.  According to Feng Shui, if you touch or rub a piece of jade frequently, it will transfer to you it’s qualities of health and strength.  Other “magical” power of jade includes soothing a frightened child, or improving circulation or absorbing bad energy.  Whether it’s true to not, Jade is still a popular home decor because it symbolizes beauty, nobility, perfection, constancy,  power, and immortality in Chinese culture.

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Jade Peach Tree:  Peach symbolizes longevity and good health.  When it’s someone’s birthday, buns made in the shape of peaches will be served for their good meanings.  A peach tree made in jade just double the blessings!  The words “吉祥” means “Auspicious”.  The jade leaves and peaches are on wires so you can slightly rearrange their positions.

 

(12 1/2″ long, 8″ high)

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Jade Dragon: Dragons are benevolent creatures in Eastern cultures.  Dragons are particularly popular in China and the five-clawed dragon was a symbol of the Chinese emperors, with the mythical bird feng huang (phoenix), the symbol of the Chinese empress.  The dragon represents fame, reputation and career, future growth and expansion.  When the dragon symbol is applied in feng shui, the most effective placement is in the fame area of a home or in connection with a home office.

Dragons are also associated with wisdom and longevity, as they usually possess some form of magic or supernatural power.

(24″ long, 21″ high)

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Sail boat represents “一帆風順” (smooth sailing).  It is even better when it’s a dragon boat!  You will be amazed by the detail carvings and the chains, and some parts are even detachable.

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(jade horse: 12″ long, 12″ tall; jade horse with swallow: 7″ long, 10″ high)

Jade Horses: Horse symbolizes practicality, love, endurance, devotion and stability. It is also a symbol for quick advancement in rank, and recognition of strength.  Horse is “馬”, the Chinese idiom “馬到功成” literally means when the horse arrives, there is success; that is, “to win success immediately upon arrival”.

The horse in the bottom picture is stepping on a swallow.  It is the famous “飛馬踏燕”, “flying horse stepping on a swallow”: Swallow is known to fly fast; yet the the horse is even faster.  Just when the swallow is about to fly, the horse has already caught up, the swallow is taken by surprise!

2. Wooden Table Lamp: When we talk about table lamp, we usually think of metal or porcelain.  How about these Tang Style Asian style wooden lamps?

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Shaped like a pagoda, these elegant wooden lamp will bring a touch of Orient to your home.

3. Wooden Jewellery Box: Need something to store your overflowing jeweleries, but don’t want a boring rubber maid plastic box?  These pretty wooden jewellery boxes not only organize your accessories, they will add nice decor to your room.

Jewellery box in the shape of a chest, with a lady and a pagoda in gold paint.

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Red jewellery box with subtle gold patterned background, flowers and gold-leaf fans.

4. Vases/Bowls: One of the most popular items.  Who doesn’t like vases and bowls? 😉  They are useful, come in many shapes, and made with a variety of material, so versatile they can go easily with any theme and design.

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Porcelain Ginger Jar: It has a wide mouth, and a bulging, spherical body.  Although the Chinese traditionally used the jars to store a variety of goods, the jars acquired the name “ginger jars” because they often contained ginger when they were exported to the West.  This one has gold paintings on a black lacquered background, will add elegance to your home, whether you use it as a candy jar in the kitchen, or in your bathroom for cotton balls.

 

Matted black porcelain bowl with carved gold inlaid of the word “福” (good fortune).

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Carved porcelain gourd-shaped jar.  The design depicts a horse carriage in Tang Dynasty.  The intended cracks give the jar an ancient antique look.

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Carved porcelain jar with silver leaf.

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Mini Cloisonne Vases:  Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel.  The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons) to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.

Because they involve tedious stages and require great craftsmanship, cloisonne pieces are mostly expensive.  But once you see them up close, you will fall in love with these beauties.  Visit our store to see the bigger amazing vases, and pick up a few mini cloisonne vases which are affordable and just as beautiful.  Maybe you will decide to save up or do layaway for the bigger ones, just like some of our customers do!

5. Cork Carving / Cork Sculptures: These sculptures are one of the all-time favorite.  This is an art of making pictures with the cork bark of trees.  The cork is cut, carved and arranged into pictures.  Originated in the 1900s, it is now one of the three treasured arts in Fuzhou, a Fujian province in south-east China.

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A tranquil scene made with cork is captured in a glass and wooden case.  These are very popular because even though they are very delicate and show great craftsmanship, they are very affordable, and come in all sizes.

6. The Chinese 3-Stars: Don’t confuse them with the three stoogies!  They are Fu Lu Shou (福祿壽), referring to the concept of Good Fortune (Fu), Prosperity (Lu), and Longevity (Shou).  The term is commonly used in Chinese culture to denote the three attributes of a good life.

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Fu (福) on the right, holding a scroll.  He is generally depicted in scholar’s dress, holding a scroll, on which is sometimes written the character “Fu”. He may also be seen holding a child, or surrounded by children, because children are a blessing.

In the middle is Lu (祿).  The word lu specifically refers to the salary of a government official. As such, the Lu star is the star of prosperity, rank, and influence.

Shou (壽) on the left is believed to control the life spans of mortals. According to legend, he was carried in his mother’s womb for ten years before being born, and was already an old man when delivered. He is recognized by his high, domed forehead and the peach (see the jade peach tree above) which he carries as a symbol of immortality.

We wish this list will provide you with some inspirations.  If you love dolls or know someone who likes dolls, don’t forget to check out our previous post about porcelain dolls.

One Response so far.

  1. Haynes Darlington says:

    looking for Asian tea-set cupboard.

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