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Vintage Chinese Cloisonne Floor Urn

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Enamel: Pre 1960   item# 1222647 (stock# 24-24)

Vintage Chinese Cloisonne Floor Urn
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This vintage Chinese baluster cloisonné floor urn is a study in beautiful shades of blue—powder blue, through turquoise and violet to midnight blue—on a white background. The pattern of starburst flowers, scrolling foliage and leaves is exceptionally crisp due to the “cloisonner” process that defines each small area of enameled color within its own brass wire “cage.” The pattern is sparked with touches of cinnabar red. A three-inch band of the cloisonné pattern encircles the in ...click for details


Meiji Blue and White Ceramic Hibachi

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1910   item# 1222323 (stock# 06-28)

Meiji Blue and White Ceramic Hibachi
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Misty pine and bamboo with the soft look of a brush painting meander across the smooth ceramic surface of this early 20th century blue and white Japanese hibachi. The soft and loose look of a brush painting is heightened by contrasting borders in a precise brocade-like design. Pine and bamboo have been used as decorative elements in Japan for centuries to symbolize longevity. We acquired this piece in 1989 while living in Japan, where we first saw Westerners adapting these wonderfully decorative ...click for details


Tall Blue and White Dragon and Phoenix Teapot

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1980   item# 1127308 (stock# 12-51)

Tall Blue and White Dragon and Phoenix Teapot
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An oversized Chinese teapot standing two feet (61 cm) tall is lavishly decorated with a floating phoenix, twisting dragon and lots of clouds, flowers and foliage. This is a vintage 20th century piece in excellent condition. Dimensions: height to top of handle 24” (61 cm), width including spout 15” ( 38.2 cm), diameter of pot 17” (45 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM


Pair Blue and White Three Friends Ginger Jars

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Stoneware: Pre 1920   item# 1090941 (stock# 12-55)

Pair Blue and White Three Friends Ginger Jars
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Two Chinese ovoid ceramic ginger jars convey a rich symbolic message with their “three friends” designs of bamboo, pine and plum branches. Venerated in China for centuries, the three trees have been grouped together in paintings and poems to represent the ideal of perseverance in overcoming adversity. They became known as “the three friends of winter” because they flourish in harsh environments—the bamboo and pine tree remaining green throughout the year, and the plum tree blooming in winter a ...click for details


Celadon Ground Ceramic Qing Floor Vase

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1910   item# 1083241 (stock# 12-54)

Celadon Ground Ceramic Qing Floor Vase
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This tall Qing floor vase measures nearly two feet in height and has magnificent coloring—vivid indigo on a soft celadon background. Touches of bright white in the strong indigo design bring four full-blown flowers into sharp focus. A long-tailed bird perches among the flowering tree peony branches that extend around the sides of the vase. This classic Chinese baluster vase is from the late Qing period and is in perfect condition. Dimensions: height 23” (58.5 cm), diameter 9” (23 cm). (SEE M ...click for details


Yixing Teapot With Pewter Spout

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1700   item# 976088 (stock# 38-83)

Yixing Teapot With Pewter Spout
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This early Qing Yixing teapot bears several seals on the lid and bottom surface indicating its origin in the small town of Dingshan, in Yixing County, southern Jiangsu Province, China. The pewter spout is fashioned into the head of an elephant with trunk raised. Chinese regard for the elephant as a symbol of wisdom and strength evolved from Buddhist iconography, where it represents strength of mind toward practice of the Buddhist way of life. Pewter also forms the double handles attached with ri ...click for details


Japanese Jardiniere Size Ceramic Hibachi

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1910   item# 946568 (stock# 04-01)

Japanese Jardiniere Size Ceramic Hibachi
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This Japanese ceramic hibachi from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912) has a country scene—a rustic dwelling snuggled amid old trees, hills and distant mountains. Ceramic hibachi were introduced in Meiji times as portable alternatives to the larger copper-lined wood hibachi and the heavier bronze receptacles. Whether ceramic or metal, hibachi held glowing charcoal embers used as a source of heat during cold Japanese winters. The ceramic ones generally were placed under low tables (kotatsu) that h ...click for details


Samarkand Wall Terracotta Dragon with Two Heads

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Pre 1980   item# 940023 (stock# 23-98)

Samarkand Wall Terracotta Dragon with Two Heads
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This two-headed terracotta dragon is a replica of dragons that topped walls surrounding the ancient Central Asian city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Samarkand wall and its dragons, though long gone, seem to occupy a place in the collective memories of the polyglot population of present-day Uzbekistan. This piece was made by a Tajik artisan who lives near Samarkand, and is a small representation of the long, rich and often perplexing history of Central Asia. Neither the artisan nor anyone else w ...click for details


Provincial Chinese Shiwan Pottery Jar

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1900   item# 934316 (stock# 32-73)

Provincial Chinese Shiwan Pottery Jar
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A mid-19th century Chinese pottery utility jar gets its spontaneity and vitality from thick earthy glazes applied in random drips and dabs of green, cream and brown over a Shiwan clay body. The area around Shiwan in the southern province of Guangdong produced a tremendous range of ceramics over many hundreds of years, from folk figurines to roof tiles to fine works by master potters. Shiwan utility jars such as this one were molded into standard shapes and produced in quantity. The glaze is w ...click for details


Blue and White Ceramic Tokkuri Sake Bottle

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1910   item# 919688 (stock# 07-51)

Blue and White Ceramic Tokkuri Sake Bottle
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A Japanese tokkuri, or sake bottle, dating to the late Meiji Era (1868-1911) has underglaze cobalt blue Kanji script identifying the sake shop and its locale. The Kanji is free spirited and bold, appropriate for the use of the container, proclaiming “Miyaka Sake, 214 Genrou Cho.” This utilitarian piece is from Saga Prefecture on Japan’s south island of Kyushu, where early very simple blue and white Imari was produced solely for the Japanese market. (See similar underglaze blue and white cerami ...click for details


Meiji Ceramic Sake Cask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1900   item# 912459 (stock# 07-53)

Meiji Ceramic Sake Cask
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Sake dispensed from this large ceramic cask served late 19th century patrons in Saga Prefecture on Japan’s south island of Kyushu. The turquoise logo of a path between two wooded hills shows the cask held Seiryu Sake. The other side of the cask proclaims the name of the sake shop, Murata Saketen, and its address. The Kanji, in vivid underglaze cobalt with the splash of turquoise, and the design, rice stalks in relief extending up two sides of the container, make this an unusual and especially n ...click for details


Large Chizhou-Style Qing Wine Jar

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1900   item# 900790 (stock# 37-38)

Large Chizhou-Style Qing Wine Jar
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This large jar from China’s late Qing Dynasty has a heavy cream-colored glaze as background for a design of peonies outlined in chocolate brown. Peony petals are touched with subtle blue/brown shading. The jar, though it is in the style of Chizhou (Tz’u-chou) pottery of the much earlier Northern Song period (960-1127AD), was produced in the mid to late 19th century, reflecting the common practice of Chinese artisans to copy techniques and styles of ancient dynasties in honor and admiration of th ...click for details


Provincial Jiangsu Jar

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Stoneware: Pre 1900   item# 895012 (stock# 60-42)

Provincial Jiangsu Jar
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This late 19th century Chinese utility jar has a glaze of such inviting color that it elevates the piece to folk art status. The primarily turquoise glaze has areas of deep blue and purple, and then stops short of the base showing a glimpse of brown. From Jiangsu, known as China’s ceramics province, this heavy piece has no chips or cracks but does have two firing flaws on one side (see photo enlargement #4). Dimensions: height 9 “ (23 cm), diameter 10” (25.4 cm).


Ceramic Figure of Chinese Opera Character

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1900   item# 853841 (stock# 51-49)

Ceramic Figure of Chinese Opera Character
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Dated 1870 on the base, this late Qing Dynasty ceramic figure is of General Guan Gong, a popular character in Chinese opera, who is cast as brave, swashbuckling and, above all, fiercely loyal to the emperor. The piece is quite detailed, with decorative elements of the butterscotch and white costume defined in relief as well as with intricate incising. Within the general’s wide, open-mouthed grin, his tongue and seven teeth are clearly visible. His face and hands are unglazed. His headpiece showc ...click for details


Japanese Arita Blue and White Plate with Island Scene

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920   item# 842368 (stock# 09-08)

Japanese Arita Blue and White Plate with Island Scene
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An early 20th century plate from Arita in Japan’s southern island of Kyushu has a vivid underglaze cobalt and white scene of a rugged coastline. Gnarled pine trees overhang a house nestled below a steep cliff. A boatman can be seen nearing the shore. At the base of the pine trees, a cobalt stamp with the characters “HI” (pronounced “he”) is integrated into the scene to identify the maker of this piece. The plate is in pristine condition. Dimensions: diameter 12 ¼” (31 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR ...click for details

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