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Nine Chinese bronze mirrors from the Todd Collection

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1700   item# 1292332

Nine Chinese bronze mirrors from the Todd Collection
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Offered here are nine Chinese bronze mirrors (items 1292323-1292331) of special provenance: all are from the Oliver J. Todd (1880-1974) collection of 1,000 bronze mirrors which Todd acquired in China in the early 20th century. From his collection of 1,000 bronze mirrors, Todd selected 429 representative examples for publication in “Chinese Bronze Mirrors / A Study Based on The Todd Collection of 1,000 Bronze Mirrors Found in the Five Northern Provinces of Suiyuan, Shensi, Shansi, Honan and Ho ...click for details


Song mirror “heng xie Sun Dian”: Todd Collection No.280

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1492   item# 1292329

Song mirror “heng xie Sun Dian”: Todd Collection No.280
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鏡晴換包店孫接橫 This is one of nine Chinese bronze mirrors of good provenance offered together, all of which were collected by Oliver Julian Todd (1880-1974), a civil engineer working in the northern central interior provinces of China during the early 20th century. This mirror was catalogued as No. 280, p. 197 in “Chinese Bronze Mirrors / A Study Based on The Todd Collection of 1,000 Bronze Mirrors Found in the Five Northern Provinces of Suiyua ...click for details


Huzhou Xie Hui Gong zhi zao: Todd Collection No. 373

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1700   item# 1292327

Huzhou Xie Hui Gong zhi zao: Todd Collection No. 373
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自造公惠薛州湖 This is one of nine Chinese bronze mirrors of good provenance offered together, all of which were collected by Oliver Julian Todd (1880-1974), a civil engineer working in the northern central interior provinces of China during the early 20th century. This mirror was catalogued as No. 373, p. 233 in “Chinese Bronze Mirrors / A Study Based on The Todd Collection of 1,000 Bronze Mirrors Found in the Five Northern Provinces of Suyuan, Shensi ...click for details


A Ming Huzhou mirror, signed: Todd Collection No. 374

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1700   item# 1292326

A Ming Huzhou mirror, signed: Todd Collection No. 374
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造泉次薛州湖 This is one of nine Chinese bronze mirrors of good provenance offered together, all of which were collected by Oliver Julian Todd (1880-1974), a civil engineer working in the northern central interior provinces of China during the early 20th century. This mirror was catalogued as No. 374 (p. 233-234) in “Chinese Bronze Mirrors / A Study Based on The Todd Collection of 1,000 Bronze Mirrors Found in the Five Northern Provinces of Suiyuan, Shensi, ...click for details


A Ming handled mirror with dragons: Todd Collection 377

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1700   item# 1292325

A Ming handled mirror with dragons: Todd Collection 377
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This is one of nine Chinese bronze mirrors of good provenance offered together, all of which were collected by Oliver Julian Todd (1880-1974), a civil engineer working in the northern central interior provinces of China during the early 20th century. This mirror was catalogued as No. 377, p. 234 in “Chinese Bronze Mirrors / A Study Based on The Todd Collection of 1,000 Bronze Mirrors Found in the Five Northern Provinces of Suiyuan, Shensi, Shansi, Honan and Hopei, China” (Peking 1935) by Milan ...click for details


A zitan-handled mirror, Ming; Todd Collection: 378

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1700   item# 1292324

A zitan-handled mirror, Ming; Todd Collection: 378
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This is an extremely rare form, five-petaled or lobed Huzhou mirror with a zitan handle, signed 公惠薛州湖 Xue Hui Gong (“Hsueh-Hui Gong”) with unusual gold lacquer decoration of lions cold painted directly onto the metal. This is one of nine Chinese bronze mirrors of special provenance, all of which were collected by Oliver Julian Todd (1880-1974), a civil engineer working in the northern central interior provinces of China during the early 20th century. We are o ...click for details


Shiwan (石灣) water coupe, monkey form, Ching dynasty

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Stoneware: Pre 1900   item# 1281379

Shiwan (石灣) water coupe, monkey form, Ching dynasty
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The area of Shiwan (Shekwan)石灣, now a district of the city of Foshan, just southwest of Guangzhou in southern China, has produced spirited ceramic wares since the Song dynasty. Shiwan wares are often figural, such as this small water coupe—used for wetting and shaping ones brush during painting or calligraphy—in the form of a monkey grasping a water jar. Shiwan wares are often modeled rather than molded figures, a characteristic which adds to their spontaneity and charm. Because ...click for details


A Ching dynasty blue & white bowl, 18th Century

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1276822

A Ching dynasty blue & white bowl, 18th Century
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A thinly potted porcelain bowl on a raised foot with an unusual underglaze blue and white outlined floral and scrolling decoration enclosing five small infinite knot medallions to the exterior. The undecorated interior is a delicate, pale blue-white color matching the exterior ground color. This is Ching dynasty household porcelain of fairly high quality, of semi-translucent porcelain which emits a bell like ring when tapped at the rim, having a glazed foot, the underside bearing an unidentifi ...click for details


Chinese mountain form scholar rock with scrolled stand

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1950   item# 1266681

Chinese mountain form scholar rock with scrolled stand
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A vintage Chinese scholar’s rock or viewing stone in the form of a mountain, naturally formed except for the underside which has been cut flat for display. An associated scroll form Chinese display stand is included. (The rock is demountable and not attached to the stand.) The stone is black-grey with some paler streaking similar to lingbi stones. Weight: 1.464 Kg (3 lb. 3.6 ozs.). Height of rock (highest peak): 16.5cm (6-1/2”). Height with stand: 19.5cm (7-7/8”). Width of stand: 15cm ...click for details


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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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

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