Shou Shoe Carpenter Line

c. 1850
$1,380 USD
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W: 8.25" D: 6.0" H: 3.25"
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Given the beauty and thoughtful design of traditional Chinese furniture, it’s no wonder that Qing-dynasty carpenter’s tools were accorded the same attention to detail. This remarkably intact 19th-century inkline reel was carved in the form of a bound-foot shoe with a shou symbol of longevity on the toe, conveying a message of eternal beauty. Used to mark straight lines, this ingenious tool runs a thread across an inkwell as its drawn across a measured surface. Anchored by a stickpin, the thread is then stamped to create a straight guide line. Once an essential component of a Chinese carpenter's toolkit, this reel lives on as a storied sculptural object.

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