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Scholar's Desk Ornamental Brass Item, Stamped Germany

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Metals: Brass: Pre 1940   item# 1225694 (stock# 537AOG)

Scholar's Desk Ornamental Brass Item, Stamped Germany
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$525 

This scholar's desk item has a splendid carved Chinese crystal bottom with a 'Po Ku' theme. The Art and Orchid Gallery's objet de vertu was started in Germany with embossed decorations on its laminated double walls in the shape of a bottomless cup. A Chinese hand carved and enameled crystal base was attached to the object above the foot using tiny brass teeth, which are only seen from the bottom. The brass was impress molded as strips, laminated into 3/4" wide pieces for str ...click for details


Pair Spinach Jade Mounted Table Screens w Calligraphy

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1980   item# 1211095 (stock# 519AOG)

Pair Spinach Jade Mounted Table Screens w Calligraphy
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$2600/ pair 

The Art and Orchid Gallery is offering an old pair of translucent, circular carved and incised spinach-green jade disks. They are currently mounted on decorative pierced, carved lacquer rosewood stands for table top screens.[223A; 25B] One side of each jade stone is finely incised with calligraphy over most of its surface. The inscriptions were then filled with gold lacquer to contrast the green and black spinach jade colors as can be found on other Chinese incised stone art.[31C], including an ...click for details


Stalactite Hard Stone Carving of a Figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Minerals: Hardstone: Pre 1980   item# 1201110 (stock# 201AOG)

Stalactite Hard Stone Carving of a Figure
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$195 

This unusual stalactite hard stone carving has a deeply recessed carved figure, probably carved in the 20th Century. Stalactites are stone 'icicles' generally made of calcium carbonate but may contain greater than 65 minerals. They form on the roofs of caverns over long periods of time.[1, 2] During the second cycle of cave or cavern formation, when the water table is below the cave, rainwater passing through soils and rocks dissolve soluble compounds and drip through these caves. The wa ...click for details


Amber Snuff Bottle and Cover with Deep Relief Carving

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1980   item# 1196008 (stock# 71AOG)

Amber Snuff Bottle and Cover with Deep Relief Carving
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$180 

The Art and Orchid Gallery's old snuff bottle is a brown to brownish-orange color. It exhibits deep relief carvings of gourds hanging from intricate leafy vines. The relief work is polished to stand out above the mat brown ground. There is a matching amber top but no spoon. Early Chinese snuff bottles of the 17th Century were carved of amber as well as ivory, cinnabar and jade.[6A] By the 18th Century, the Chinese carved glass, porcelain, other hard stones and even metals to make the bottles ...click for details


Amber Netsuke Monkey Shape with Himo Cord Holes

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1980   item# 1192146 (stock# 508AOG)

Amber Netsuke Monkey Shape with Himo Cord Holes
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$175 

The Art and Orchid Gallery purchased this piece of carved amber netsuke (because of the himo cord holes [120A]) from a Bali dealer with claimed Bali origin. As we have explained and referenced in our 507AOG, this amber netsuke piece we believe is a Chinese carving made for collectors, not Japanese.[507AOG] The carving is a siting monkey with a branch of fruit over its shoulder. The holes for the himo are on the bottom. It has a small inclusion (twig) in the left leg. The monkey has a small p ...click for details


Amber Netsuke Carabao Shape with Himo Cord Holes

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1980   item# 1191809 (stock# 507AOG)

Amber Netsuke Carabao Shape with Himo Cord Holes
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$175 

The Art and Orchid Gallery purchased this carabao netsuke from a dealer from Bali, Indonesia claiming its origin as Bali. It is more likely of Chinese origin for collectors. Also, based on the hundreds of Japanese netsuke that we can reference, this piece does not have the character or workmanship to be of, or for, the Japanese market.[120B, 197C, 25D, 216C] By the beginning of the Meiji Era, the Japanese in commerce with foreign countries adopted the Western-style, smoked cigarettes and abandon ...click for details


Carved Amber Boulder Group of Taoists in the Mountains

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Sculpture: Pre 1980   item# 1189477 (stock# 506AOG)

Carved Amber Boulder Group of Taoists in the Mountains
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$1095 

The Art and Orchid Gallery's large, intricate amber art exhibits deep well-defined carving. It is Taoist decorative art and exhibits three Taoists climbing into the Shou Shan, the Taoist paradise in the Kun Lun mountains. Similar Taoist scenes can be found in woven silk pictures; pietra dura screens; free standing screens; and on ceramics.[73A, 123B, 92E] The mythology of the Kun Lun mountains and its association with Xi Wang Mu, the Queen Mother of the West, goes back to the Shang Dynasty. ...click for details


Wan with Bright European Enamels of "Pi shu shih nu"

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Ceramics: Chinese Export: Pre 1980   item# 1188098 (stock# 505AOG)

Wan with Bright European Enamels of "Pi shu shih nu"
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$355 

The Art and Orchid Gallery's wan, or bowl, is a translucent porcelain piece of Decorative Art very finely hand painted in thick smooth enamels loved by the Europeans of the early 20th Century and which they still called Famille Rose (yang cai, or foreign colors by the Chinese).[92A, 16B] These enamels are very dark and bright compared to the soft faint rose enamels invented by A. Cassius and used close to 200 years before, and during, the Yongzheng Dynasty. However, the style of designs wit ...click for details


Chinese Lapidary Sweetmeat Box w Archaic Symbols

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre 1980   item# 1179637 (stock# 493AOG)

Chinese Lapidary Sweetmeat Box w Archaic Symbols
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$498 

The Art and Orchid Gallery's large carved verde antico marble sweetmeat box is an example of elaborate Chinese lapidary art.[97A, 63B] Although this is a 20th Century carving, a carved marble jar from the Shang Dynasty (1523-1027 B.C.) with similar archaic symbols is known.[107C] This Shang marble jar depicts a t'ao-t'ieh mask, or devil mask.[42D, 71E] The mask design is made of ancient Chinese totems of bird, serpent and mammal worship. They were used extensively on bronze ritualis ...click for details


Chinese Ink and Color on Silk Shou dai Niao

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1980   item# 1174986 (stock# 480AOG)

Chinese Ink and Color on Silk Shou dai Niao
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The Art and Orchid Gallery
561-575-6868


$125 

The Art and Orchid Gallery's well done hand painted Shou dai Niao, or 'bird with long feathers', was painted on silk in China before 1980.[123A] The bird, perched on a bough of viburnum has a very long split tail like a flashy Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher but the colors of America's Eastern Bluebird.[143B] Birds with long tail feathers have been popular subjects for Chinese painting, and other arts, during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and were frequently exported during the 19th Cen ...click for details

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