These boxes are from the Dongbei region in north east China, each one finished in red lacquer and beautifully painted with designs that include pheonixes and peony flowers - symbols for good fortune and female beauty. The boxes were traditionally presented in pairs by a mother to her daughter on her wedding day, together with jewellery that would be placed inside.
These beautiful pieces are reproductions of embroidered silk designs that were used to decorate the robes of Chinese officials and their wives during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Each is hand stitched in silk and sold framed as shown. This particular silk is a reproduction of a 2nd rank civil official's badge, the crane denoting that the wearer was highly educated and well read. #ChineseSilkEmbroidery #CraneSymbol #OrientalArt