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Fine Chinese Eating Set (Trousse) with Jade Handle

Fine Chinese Eating Set (Trousse) with Jade Handle

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Origin: China

Date: Late 19c early 20th

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The origin of the trousse known as “Chinese eating set” is most probably Manchuria, and it penetrated the Chinese world with the reign of the Manchu Qing dynasty. As from the 18C. and on, similar sets spread all over the area under Chinese influence from Tibet to Mongolia . We have seen similar sets also in Japan and Korea.

The Chinese eating set comprises a knife and chopsticks and sometimes small accessories as toothpicks tongue scraper, tweezers, ear cleaners and similar small items. A variety of materials and decoration were used in the various trousses including wood, ivory, stones, Bamboo and many others.

The fine exemplar offered here is Chinese, and it is finer and a bit different from the more common eating sets. The blade is spear shaped, forged from fine laminated steel. Jade handle of light green color. Tortoise shell scabbard. the chopsticks a combined of green dyed tortoise shell, ivory and silver. Very interesting is the rare arrangement of the chopstick, on the sides of the knife and not in front of it as common in most similar sets. This set comes with its original silk hanging loop with an ivory button.

Blade 6 1/2 inches, total length 11 1/2 inches. Very good condition.

For a very similar arrangement of chopsticks see: Arts of Asia, Nov-Dec 1990, page 136.

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