Rare 1920s Chinese Tea or Sewing Basket with Gesso / Barbola Work on Lid

Rare 1920s Chinese Tea or Sewing Basket with Gesso / Barbola Work on Lid


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We have for sale a Rare 1920s Chinese Tea or Sewing Basket with Gesso / Barbola Work on the Lid.
Exceptional oriental tea or sewing basket consistent with circa 1920s. This fine reed basket features a lid with a decorative Gesso applique of a dogwood branch. Lid fits snug yet is easily removed and replaced.
A beautiful storage piece for tea, sewing notions, even small office supplies

Gesso work refers to the decorative floral embellishment that is applied to frames, wicker pieces, and furniture. The term Gesso is interchangeable with Barbola, a substitute for hand-carved wood. It's a plaster like powder with added ingredients along with water that's mixed into a paste then poured into a mold. When dry it's painted and glued to the object, then varnished.

Circa; 1900 - 1930s
Marked: Ink on old paper stamp ‘Made in China’
Measures: 12” diameter and 5” high
Condition: This item is in very good vintage condition

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Sku# 3030


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