A fire gilt bronze image depicting the primordial Buddha Vajradhara (Dorje Chang), Vajra Holder, Enlightened One. The Buddha has a broad face and a tiara with the top knot ending in a vajra, he holds the vajra and bell crossed in front of his chest in the characteristic attitude. Bands of pearls cover the upper body as well as the dhoti. Some of the original semi-precious stones still remain. Unsealed. Tibet, 16th cent. H 14,8 cm. Condition: Good with some wear and rubbing to gilt surface partic ...click for details
A pair of very attractive album leaves painted with faint colours and ink in the sparse, sophisticated style characteristic of the eccentric painters of the late Ming to early Qing. Mounted on a scroll of recent date. The leaves depict a hermitage in the mountains and a scholar’s studio in a garden respectively. Both signed Ji Yuan in a neat hand and each w. the artist’s seal. Qing, 19th cent. The leaves are dated with a jiazi corresponding to 1818 (or 1878). Each leaf measures, H 32 cm, W 20.5 ...click for details
A very good, small, hammered silver bowl with a scroll band running around the rim. Pure silver mark, maker’s name and workshop mark. Qing, late 19th cent. Weight: 84 gr. H. 5 cm, diam 10,5 cm. Condition: perfect, no dents.
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Fine beige silk robe. The beige ground has woven patterns of flowers and butterflies on which different kind of flowers and large butterflies in multicolored silk floss are embroidered. Borders in dark blue bands with embroidered flowers; cuffs in yellow silk ground with embroidered Immortals in garden scenes. Lining in light blue silk. Central frontal opening. Calf-length type: H. 110 cm; W. 144 cm. Qing, 19th cent. Condition: good.
Large bamboo brushpot (bitong) carved in high relief with scholars in a mountain landscape with pavilion, pine and willow trees, rocks and a bat ( Chinese: bianfu) a very auspicious creature in Chinese culture symbolizing happiness and good fortune. Qing, most probably mid 19th cent. H. 15,5 cm. Diam. 13 cm. Condition: very good, just two minor chips and fine cracks.
A natural piece of hardwood, most probably zitan rootwood, in the form of a contorted mountain. Wonderful, deep color. The interior red color of the wood visible in certain places. Later Japanese stand of dark colored root wood. Qing, 19th cent. H 12.5 cm, L 23 cm. Condition: Excellent.
A large “birds & flowers” painting, ink and coulours on silk. from the motif, this painting was to be used for the occasion of a wedding, which is evident from the eight pair of different birds such as phoenix, symbolizing lifelong matrimonial harmony. The silk used has been woven with “double happiness/ shuangxi” characters. Various seals and inscribed in two lines. Attributed to Jiang Tingxi (1669-1732 from Changshu, Jiangsu province), pen name Nansha.
18th/19th cent, remounted in la ...click for details
A very finely engraved and inscribed ivory arm rest (bige). The upper part, a long text engraved in miniature characters; it is taken from the book of ”Famous Wemen´s Biographies” (Lie Nu Zhuan), a Eastern Han Dinasty book about the virtue of women. It tells the life of Pang Degong and his wife which were living a happy life in the wild nature in the mountains collecting medicinal plants and herbs.
The lower part is engraved with an idyllic mountain and river scene: Pang Degong is sitting by ...click for details