Pair of Cinnabar Double Gourd Vases

c. 1900
$8,800 USD SOLD
H: 20.75" Dia: 9.5"
Collection #
Estimated Shipping

The entire surface of these 19th century cinnabar vases is masterfully carved with a garden of flowers. It is likely that they were offered as an important gift as each vase is carved with a beautifully rendered presentation ribbon. A mineral called cinnabar gives the vases this stunning red color. The double gourd is an ancient Chinese symbol of fertility and perpetuity; the art of lacquerware is equally ancient. The process to create this pair probably required 6-8 months. Chinese artisans worked for many generations to perfect the techniques that made lacquerware world-renowned. These original rosewood bases were hand-carved to complement this exquisite pair of vases.

Questions? Ask us

Quality & Authenticity

We mix authentic Asian antiques with modern art & objects. Our standards of excellence bring you the finest materials and techniques. Each object holds its own history, delivering more than just quality—it raises quality of life.

Our Promise

Experience & Expertise

Our 20 years of experience provides a view beyond history and provenance. We are stewards of wondrously beautiful things, we honor Asian and modern ways of life, and we welcome the chance to share this sensibility with you.

Our Quality

Easy Shipping & Returns

We ship worldwide using the best carriers. Our objects are insured for their entire value and delivered safely and securely to your home. We stand behind everything we do. Exchanges and returns are easy.

Our Policy

You’re Invited

Sign up and be the first to know about new arrivals, private events and our favorite projects.