Red chinese lotus shoes in a shadow box

Apr 12, 2019. 02:30 UTC
Red Chinese Lotus Shoes in a Shadow Box
United States of America

Chinese antiques

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A pair of Chinese lotus shoes for bound feet approximately 5x2.5”. Hand stitched red silk with simple embroidery with added embroidered fabric as trim. Lined in pink and green - cotton? They have not been worn.


Found at a local Goodwill store. They appear handmade and old, but I have no clues as to the authenticity.

$150 - $200 (United States Dollar)
Answered within 2 days
Apr 14, 07:46 UTC
By Klaus

Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. This appears to be a pair of chinese ladies shoes for bound feet, so called lotus shoes, dating to the late Qing Dynasty, circa 1900. The footbinding procedure was painful and limited the ability to move.纏足 were a kind of status and beauty symbol. The shoes in your possession show traces of use, the silk is a bit worn, but the intensive red has not faded. The estimate is based on similar sold at auction.

Nancy anderson Apr 14, 19:47 UTC

Do you have any idea of how old these are? What era? What is your estimate? Thank you!

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