Antique Chinese Seal

Qing Dynasty Pottery Lotus Pad Seal


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Shop this 19th century Qing dynasty antique Chinese seal from All The Decor as part of our unique home accents and tabletop decor. Chinese antiques offer a variety of unique and colorful decorative items for your interior. Table objects or small objects used as tabletop decor can help accentuate your space and add a cabinet of bright and unusual objects to your interior. Displaying unique objects makes your area more engaging.

This unique Chinese antique glazed pottery seal for sale on All The Decor is an individual item and designed in a highly unusual lotus pad form. Also known as signature seals or seal stamps, these objects are generally carved in materials such as soapstone or jade, bamboo, ivory, or bronze or iron. Ceramic, porcelain, or pottery seals are more unusual. This colorful seal is decorated in a green glaze, and the underside is coated in a residue of a vibrant red seal cinnabar paste.

Chinese seals, also known as yinzhang, have been used to produce a unique signature on documents and works of art for over a thousand years. The origins of the use of seals date back to Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. For hundreds of years, only emperors and for the use of the purposes of the business of the emperor were seals allowed. Eventually, this imperial restriction faded, and during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), forward seals became used by people other than those of the imperial household.

This seal dates to the mid-late 19th century, circa the Xianfeng, Tongzhi, or the Guangxu Period and came to us from a New England estate. This genuine antique seal would be a fine addition for anyone that collects Chinese antiques or Chinese seals, or for someone who is looking for unique splendor for their home accents and tabletop decor.


The seal measures 1.25 inches in width and 2.25 inches in height.


The object displays chipping and crazing to the green glazed decoration consistent with the item’s age.
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