Antique Chinese Seal
Qing Dynasty Pottery Lotus Pad Seal
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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.