Nice iron tetsubin ( water kettle) decorated with relief designs depicting a branch of wisteria and flying sparrow with small silver inlays on one side, on the reverse, poetic verses and makerís seals, also name and seal on the left side of the pouring sprout; bronze lid, lidís knob in the shape of a garlic bulb. H. 15 cm, W. 14cm. Meiji to Taisho. Condition: very good, no rust.
Small brushpot (bitong) of partly carved boxwood to emulate tree trunk with natural hols. Deep brown with lacquered surface. Inserted in fitted base on four, short legs. Qing, mid-18th cent. H 8.5 cm. Condition: Excellent.
A very fine carved image of water buffalo horn depicting the seated, White Robed Guanyin holding a scripture roll in one hand. Super details reflecting fine craftsmanship. Qing, late 18th to early 19th cent. (JiaqingĖDaoguang). H cm. Condition: Very good (one, tiny chip to front of base).
A small brush-pot of Canton-type carved from a piece of ivory with recessed cartouches depicting pastoral scenes in open work. In addition a poetic impression consisting of four lines of, two to each side. Signed: Wenchuan. Qing, first half of 19th cent. H 8 cm, D 4.5 cm. Condition: Fair (one hairline crack and missing bottom).
A small, square brush washer (shuiyin) for the scholarís table made of carved Chinese mahogany (hongmu). The piece has been made of two parts, joined together at the middle ( see photo no. 6 ) and has upward tapering sides with recessed corners and a rounded opening. Qing, late 19th cent. W 5.5 X 5.5 cm, H 3.4 cm. Condition: Very fine (signs of wear).
Unusually large spillvase for the scholarís table made of carved Chinese mahogany (hongmu). Beautiful, lobed, elongated body. Fixed to fitted base on four short legs. Qing, late 19th cent. H 18 cm. Condition: Very good, almost without wear (only a small chip at mouth).
A painting showing a flying crane above a lotus pond. Ink and faint colors on silk. Signed: Ban Yuan (pen name for the Qing painter Liu Yuan (1662Ė1722), a Henan painter from Kaifeng). One seal: Liu Yuan (documented). Early Qing. Later mounting from 19th century. H 134 cm, W 37 cm (picture frame). Condition: Good (some smudging to lowest part of scroll).
A hollow-cast bronze image of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guanyin). On either shoulder parrot and kundika-vase. Fairly good details. The image is covered in dark, brown patina with remains of gilt and color. Late Ming, ca. 1600. H 26 cm. Condition: Very good all-over with two minor holes to base (original casting flaws).