A rare Guangxu period Dayazhai type famille rose bowl. This type shares the same design as other Dayazhai type porcelains, i.e. magpie and chrysanthemum on turquoise ground. It was made for the Empress Cixi. It is illustrated in the book 'Imperial wares with Official designs (Guanyangyuci)' which specializes in wares made for the Empress Cixi. Date: Guangxu mark and period (AD1875-1908); Diameter: 10.9cm or 4.3inches; Condition: one short hairline crack, cover missing; Provenance: from t ...click for details
A very fine imperial Guangxu mark and period teadust glazed vase. Of nice chestnut form, covered overall in a thick and silky smooth teadust glaze. Drilled on the base for lamping, otherwise perfect. Date: Imperial Guangxu mark and period; Height: ; Conditions: one drilled hole on base, otherwise perfect.
A very fine and rare Imperial Daoguang mark and period famille rose four seasons floral palace bowl. Each of the four round reserves finely painted with flowers and fruits that bloom and bear fruits in each of the four seasons, in famille rose on a sgraffito ruby ground, the inside further elaborately painted with flowers, fruits and auspicious emblems in underglaze blue. The decorations, enamelling and potting of this bowl are extremely fine. This bowl is one of the finest examples of its type. ...click for details
A fine and rare Imperial Guangxu mark and period iron red phoenix narcissus pot. Of attractive begonia form standing on four feet, meticulously painted with eight phoenix medallions on the body in iron red and further with key fret borders on the averted mouthrim. The begonia form, the phoenix medallions and the key fret borders on the averted mouthrim are commonly seen in Imperial Chinese porcelains. Since the Tang dynasty when the first Imperial tribute Chinese wares (the Yue ‘mise’ type) were ...click for details
A very rare huge Jiajing mark and period blue and white floral jar. It was decorated in the early Ming style and painted with floral sprays that correspond to the four seasons, camellia for spring, lotus for summer, chrysanthemum for autumn and peony for winter in underglaze blue of a brilliant and mallow tone. An early Ming blue and white jar which is probably the prototype for the design of this jar was sold at Christie's auction on 1 Nov 1994. A similar Jiajing mark and period jar and cov ...click for details
An extremely rare and important Kangxi period imperial iron red, grisaille and gilt deer vase. Very finely painted with a scene of deers among pine trees and lingzhi fungi in iron red, grisaille and gilt in court style with western influences. Stoutly and perfectly potted. Probably painted by a western missionary court painter during the Kangxi period. Date: Kangxi period (AD1662 - AD1722); Height: 44cm; Condition: one small star crack on base as shown in the last photo, otherwise perfectly pres ...click for details
A fine and rare imperial Guangxu mark and period sacrificial blue glazed cong vase. Of finely potted archaistic square 'cong' form after the Neolithic jade 'cong' and applied with two carved elephant ears on the two sides, covered in a thick, lustrous glaze of an even and warm blue tone. The base bears the six character Guangxu imperial mark. It came from an old English collection. An almost identical vase which I handled was sold at Christie's Hong Kong on 27 November 2007. B ...click for details
A fine and rare Kangxi period (AD1662-1722) carved celadon glazed floral ovoid jar. Of nice ovoid shape, carved with large peony scrolls under a lustrous celadon glaze. In pristine conditions. Kangxi brushpots with similar decoration are popular among collectors. Date: Kangxi period (AD1662-1722); Height: 6 3/4 inches; Condition: pristine but cover was lost.
This is a very rare and fine Ming dynasty, 15th century carved celadon floral garden seat with fitted hard wood stand. It has a finely-potted attractive drum shape. It was beautifully decorated with peony, rose and lotus scrolls around the whole body. The top was decorated with squary grids. The drum studs were moulded into beautiful flower shapes. It was covered overall in a lustrous sea-green glaze. The inside of the seat was completely glazed. Only the foot where the burnt dense ceramic body ...click for details
This is a nice early 20th century famille rose floral baluster vase and cover dated 1919. It was beautifully painted with a large peony and birds, such as, a crane, a peacock, mandarin ducks etc. The back was inscribed with a Chinese title which can be translated as 'The wild life in the garden prospered in spring under the nurture of a virtuous family. In the winter of year Jiwei (corresponding to AD 1919), Xie Haidong emulated the style of Bada Shanren and painted this at the Banyuexuan, & ...click for details