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Famille verte, menagerie of six miniature animals

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1910   item# 1245149

Famille verte, menagerie of six miniature animals
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$1200.00 

Ching dynasty. A fine menagerie of six famille verte miniature Chinese porcelain animal figurines including: a foo dog; elephant; ram; horse; deer; and a one-horned creature, probably representing a rhinoceros. Each figure is mounted on identical lozenge-shaped bases having rounded corners and bordered at top and bottom with Chinese key fret design and embellished with delicate floral and butterfly motifs. The miniature animal figures are well-articulated and have wonderful expressions. Love ...click for details


Ching dynasty fan painting, landscape by Jin Nangong

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1236854

Ching dynasty fan painting, landscape by Jin Nangong
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$160.00 

Ching dynasty fan painting, signed Nangong Jin. Ink and pigment on paper, mounted on paper. Landscape with signature, seal and inscription reading: “[painted] in [a cyclical year] during the Autumn Festival, an homage to Yin Tang [1470-1524] for Yiao nan,” and signed “Nangong Jin” followed by a cinnabar seal in archaic script. The painting depicts a solitary figure sitting at the upper level of a covered pavilion which appears to float above the tree tops, although a lower roof and supporting ...click for details


Framed woodblock print of prunus after Zhou Zhimian

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1800   item# 1232138

Framed woodblock print of prunus after Zhou Zhimian
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$160.00 

From a California collection, an archival framed and glazed Chinese woodblock print, ink and color on paper with inscription and seal. Depicting a mature flowering prunus or plum blossom branch in painterly style, the inscription in Chinese may be translated as “painted by Zhou Zhimian” followed by a seal reading “Shi Jun.” Zhou Zhimian (1550-1610, also known as “Fuqin” and “Shaogu”) was a highly influential Ming dynasty bird-and-flower painter. Yang Xin (see p. 232 of “Three Thousand Years ...click for details


Egg yolk porcelain brushwasher, Ching dynasty

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1900   item# 1206197

Egg yolk porcelain brushwasher, Ching dynasty
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$300.00 

An elegant late Ching dynasty (19th century) brushwasher. The quatre-lobed melon form on a shallow raised foot with a defined lip, glazed in mustard or “egg yolk” yellow with delicately applied decoration of floral and foliage in variegated shades of blue, pink and green enamels, the underside unglazed. Condition: excellent, without chips, cracks, or restorations. Weight: 184 grams (6.4 ozs.). Height: 2.8cm (1-1/4”); Length 12cm (4-3/4”) x Width 9.8cm (3-7/8”).


A blue & white plate for the domestic market, 17th C.

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1700   item# 1192575

A blue & white plate for the domestic market, 17th C.
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$160.00 

Late Ming to early Ching dynasty, 17th Century. A small footed blue and white dish made for the domestic Chinese market. The white porcelain clay body is visible on the bottom of the raised foot although the dish is too thickly potted to be translucent. The white glaze, with its characteristic blue-grey tinge, has been evenly applied and the underside of the plate has been carefully glazed and marked. The dish is decorated in underglaze blue, with minor decoration to the exterior. The rim ha ...click for details


Natsume in colorful “dokuraku” (Chinese toy top motif)

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1960   item# 1189053

Natsume in colorful “dokuraku” (Chinese toy top motif)
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$120.00 

This colorful and wonderfully tactile container is a very high quality Japanese lacquered tea caddy (or natsume) rendered in the colorful pattern known as “dokuraku” or ‘toy top.’ The wooden body has been very finely turned resulting in a delicate lidded vessel with gently curved sides tapering to a narrow, recessed base. The exterior is decorated with multi-colored lacquers which were painstakingly applied to the raised bands between the concentric grooves, while the interior is coated with bl ...click for details


A good pair of foo lions, Late Ching or Early Republic

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1920   item# 1163276

A good pair of foo lions, Late Ching or Early Republic
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$160.00 

Very late Ching dynasty or early Republic period (19th/20th century). A pair of standing foo dogs or foo lions, each with slightly differentiated posture, with upright tails, having blue-green or turquoise colored bodies and yellow striped tails and manes with spotted faces and discernible pink tongues slightly visible through their bared teeth and parted lips. Height: 7.5cm (2-7/8”). Weight: 87.5 grams and 96.5 grams; (combined weight) 184 grams (6.4 ozs). Condition: excellent.


A rectangular waisted tielimu stool (changfengdeng)

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1900   item# 1156780

A rectangular waisted tielimu stool (changfengdeng)
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Sold. Dallas, Texas 

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Archaistic jade “zhu” or wild boar with leiwen pattern

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre 1900   item# 1154726

Archaistic jade “zhu” or wild boar with leiwen pattern
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$680.00 

A very unusual jade pig (“zhu”) or wild boar toggle in the archaistic style popularized during the late Ming and Ching dynasties (17th through 19th centuries). A formal or symmetrical pose, rather than a naturalistic posture, are typical or archaistic style jades, or jades which represent an intentional or sometimes fanciful interpretation of an ancient style, a trend in the Chinese decorative arts that is especially prevalent during the 18th century. The boar, once common in China, has since ...click for details


An unusual black glass stand in classic Chinese style

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Glass: American: Pre 1950   item# 1151357

An unusual black glass stand in classic Chinese style
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$66.00 

Circa 1940 American glass, unknown maker. This is a highly unusual heavy black glass circular stand likely of American manufacture but in the classic Chinese style with three raised feet, multiple beaded edges, a slightly raised outer lip and all the detailing seen in a finely turned Chinese wooden stand of this type. This is NOT Chinese “Peking glass” but was obviously inspired by Chinese wooden stands, and it seems likely the designer had a fine Chinese wooden prototype to work with. The gl ...click for details


A vintage Chinese bamboo, wood and brass birdcage

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1950   item# 1150768

A vintage Chinese bamboo, wood and brass birdcage
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$180.00 

A vintage or antique (50 to 100 years old) traditional Chinese birdcage constructed from bent bamboo, wood, metal and brass. The wooden bottom is attached to a short circular bent bamboo wall supporting forty-eight vertical posts, reinforced by horizontal supports. Three of the vertical posts are attached to a slider which operates on two adjacent fixed posts forming an integral sliding door, opposite a small circular opening, perhaps intended as a finger hole. Forty-eight bamboo spokes reinf ...click for details


A zitan lidded, silver inlaid bronze tripod censer

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1900   item# 1150707

A zitan lidded, silver inlaid bronze tripod censer
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Sold. Dallas, Texas 

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A Ming bronze mirror "biao qian" with intact silvering

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1700   item# 1149597

A Ming bronze mirror "biao qian" with intact silvering
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$288.00 

Ming dynasty (1368-1644); circa 15th century bronze mirror, the plain side retaining much of its original applied silvering, the decoration on back organized around the pierced central boss or knob, flanked on either side by a lotus pattern motif, each an inverted mirror image of the other, and a two-character inscription, above and below, the words reading “bao qian” meaning “treasure” and “mirror,” the word “qian” being an ancient word referring to bronze mirrors specifically, as well as the v ...click for details


A Suzuribako of Hongmu and Wumu (Karaki Wood)

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Wood: Pre 1900   item# 1112267

A Suzuribako of Hongmu and Wumu (Karaki Wood)
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$600.00 

Circa 1880. A fine Japanese suzuribaku (writing box for storing brushes, inkstone and writing accessories) crafted from imported Chinese or “karaki” [‘foreign’] hardwoods. Scholar objects fashioned of precious woods imported from China were popular with Japanese followers of Chinese literati culture, and such objects are often characterized, in Japan as in China, by austere form and very subtle detailing so as not to distract from the beauty of the exotic hardwood. The box is elegantly shaped ...click for details


Plum Blossoms & Calligraphy by Zheng Zhusan

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Pre 2000   item# 1104919

Plum Blossoms & Calligraphy by Zheng Zhusan
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$3800.00 

ZHENG ZHUSAN (1943-). Ink and light pigment on paper depicting pierced Taihu-type rocks interspersed with prunus branches and bamboo, with calligraphy inscriptions and three seals of the artist. Framed and glazed. Sight Dimensions: 66.5 x 66.5cm (26-1/4 x 26-1/4”); Frame Dimensions: 93cm x 93cm (36-3/4 x 36-3/4”). Excellent condition. Included with purchase is the illustrated, 108 page Chinese publication “Zheng Zhu-Shan Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Album [translated]” 1995 (ISBN 981-0 ...click for details

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