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    Posted 1 year ago

    Sylvester22
    (84 items)

    Hello, picked up this unique piece of art or artsy side table. The top is heavy concrete I think that has either Chinese or Japanese writing covering the whole top. The top is 14 inches by 10 and a quarter inches. It sits on a solid hollow wood base that stands 16 inches high. I can not translate the writing and I do see any other marks or signatures on the piece. I think the burnt hole that raising towards the top part of the piece is not an accident, I think the artist but it there for some statement or purpose. I like unique art, I hope some one who sees this knows more about this cool piece. Would be nice to know it’s purpose. Thanks for looking.

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    1. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      Sylvester22, Cool.

      I suspect you're right about the burn being a deliberate design element.

      Deciphering those ideograms is possible, but is a task best left to an expert, if only because of the sheer number of them.

      I'd hate to take a crack at it only to find out that it's a far-east version of "Be Sure To Drink your Ovaltine." };-)

      Joking aside, I do wonder whether it's a reproduction of a portion of a page of a newspaper. The edges have partial ideograms.
    2. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      Also, no proof, but I suspect this is Japanese, rather than Chinese, or some other far-east ethnicity. Why? The austere lines of it, plus the burn hole. It just seems more their style.
    3. Sylvester22 Sylvester22, 1 year ago
      Keramikos, thank you for the response. I to hope it doesn’t say drink your ovaltine, I think I would feel just as bad as the little boy in the movie. The edges I did notice that it looks like the piece was cut right through other ideograms. Maybe it was reduced in size from a larger slab. The research will go on.
    4. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      Sylvester22,

      I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of making a copy of your second picture, snipped an excerpt, downloaded Google Translate to my phone, and tried translating it:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/262314-asian-ideogram-translation

      So OK, I don't know exactly what I'm doing, but it's interesting. :-)
    5. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      Sylvester22, You might want to take a look at the post I made of trying to translate the ideograms on your cement slab.

      I tried again, this time trying to translate the whole thing.

      Overall, the Chinese translation seems better, but I don't know that that means your art piece overall is Chinese rather than Japanese (or indeed any other ethnicity).

      More and more, I suspect the image on the cement slab is a reproduction of a segment of newspaper.
    6. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      NOT that I have any actual idea whatsoever about this piece (even less 'Asian furniture' in general) -- I certainly don't -- but the more I keep looking at it, I've also gotta keep wondering if its "burn mark" is really intentional. I'd simply point out that I'd expect a similar kind of burn to be produced if, say, a lamp fell over with its hot lightbulb (esp if of the 'halogen' variety?) coming to rest against its side...maybe also if it is made of a variety of wood (teak, rosewood, etc.) that is naturally sorta 'flame resistant' anyway, so to have only charred rather than bursting into open flame during such a "mishap", at least until the smoke detectors went off and someone came running with a fire extinguisher...??

      ALSO not that I don't think it is completely COOL either way...? ;-) :-) :-) :-)



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