Spirit of the East

Asian antiques bring another dimension to any interior, from contemporary to eclectic. A few carefully curated pieces lend a sophisticated ambiance. Besides the hidden value of their innate beauty, they also carry beautiful stories with them.

You can find Spirit Houses in many Southeast Asian countries intended to give the spirit believed to protect the home a place to reside. You may mount it on a dais, and it is tradition to have it blessed and periodically offer food and flowers, thus currying the curry the favor of these ancient spirits. The hope is that they will bring goodwill and good fortune to the ones providing the house. 

This miniature Asian painting on stone with an expansive mat and gold bamboo-style frame embodies several facets of Asian art. The large surrounding mat invites you to focus your gaze on the center, where a stylized painting on stone depicts one man holding a beautiful blue fabric in his hands and the other man holding a vase with a single branch. One can imagine a conversation of how these two elements may perhaps come together in a particular room.

This large hand-carved wooden bust depicts the boddhisatva Maitreya, the future Buddha in the Buddhist tradition. Maitreya is from the Sanskrit word maitri, meaning friendliness. Seen here on a stone pillar, the statute would also be a stunning piece positioned upon an entry chest or table. It is not uncommon to place such a representation of a Buddha on a fine cloth or woven textile.

This stunning 19th-century Tibetan chest is not only practical for storage; it would be a beautiful accent for any room. You may find many Asian chests in the lucky color red, but this particular piece is outstanding for the addition of its beautiful hand-painted floral decoration.

An American Eagle carving incorporated on this large lacquer-ware-covered serving bowl suggests it may have been a custom piece intended for export. Lacquerware is a time-consuming art that may take up to several months for each piece, and this ancient art requires much training. The artists craft each item individually from wood, hand-paint, and lacquered. The final items showcase the artisans who create them and are considered works of art. 

You can find countless Asian accents to inspire your home décor. A few examples here display the artistic and practical nature of having such collectibles. An Oriental motif cloisonne lamp, hand-carved Balinese busts, and oriental prints can be displayed in a single setting or placed throughout your home as befits your personal style.