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Chinese Scholar Box with Carved Garden Scene

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1910   item# 1126165 (stock# 12-57)

Chinese Scholar Box with Carved Garden Scene
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$290 

This late Qing scholar’s box has a removable dark red and gold carved front panel that secures four drawers behind it. The intended interpretation of the gilded garden scene carving is a mystery: A man and woman appear to be observing or celebrating an object, possibly a manuscript, tied with a rope into a bundle that is suspended above them from an overhanging flowering branch. It is interesting to speculate that perhaps the scholar just completed some important writing and this is a celebratio ...click for details


Orchid and Bamboo Pair Chinese Brush Paintings

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1980   item# 999275 (stock# 29-54)

Orchid and Bamboo Pair Chinese Brush Paintings
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The orchid and bamboo, classic Chinese brush paintings, were prized by Chinese scholars who positioned the paintings prominently in their studios because, they said, the nature of the orchid and bamboo closely mimicked laudable human virtues. Orchids represented love, beauty and refinement, and bamboo stood for longevity and durability. They were among the four plants the literati identified as “Noble Paragons.” (Also included were the chrysanthemum and plum blossoms.) These two paintings are on ...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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$475 

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


Duan Inkstone Early Qing

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1837 VR   item# 902690 (stock# 38-56)

Duan Inkstone Early Qing
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$600 

An early 18th century inkstone has a gourd-shaped ink pool cut into a deep black stone slab that, along with brushes, ink and paper, represented what was referred to in Chinese literature as “the four precious things of the library.” Among the four objects, inkstones were considered the most important, the soul of the scholar’s library, because they were said to represent “the infinite subtlety of nature.” Although they appear to be relatively humble objects, inkstones were praised, collected an ...click for details


Qing Scholar Box

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1900   item# 899863 (stock# 60-23)

Qing Scholar Box
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$495 

This 19th century Chinese scholar's box has delicate bone inlay in a pattern of butterflies and flowers that swirl upward within four rosewood panels. A narrow rectangle of inlaid bone encloses each pattern. The panels are set within two doors on the front of the piece that swing out to reveal three drawers on one side and a large open compartment on the other. A “secret” storage area is accessible when the bottom drawer is removed. As is typical for Chinese joinery of the Qing Period, the d ...click for details


Tibetan Thangka with Buddhist Scholar Padmasambhava

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1970   item# 884042 (stock# 44-63)

Tibetan Thangka with Buddhist Scholar Padmasambhava
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A Tibetan thangka celebrates the revered Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava, a monk who, in the eighth century, traveled from his native India to Tibet. The scholar is recognized for smoothing the adoption of Buddhism within Tibet by integrating some of the deities and beliefs of Tibet’s ancient Bon religion into Tibetan Buddhism. On the back of this thangka (sometimes spelled “thanka”) is the Tibetan script for the mantra “om mani padme hum.” The mantra, which is said to contain all the teachings o ...click for details


Linglong Taihu Qing Scholar's Stone

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1900   item# 878968 (stock# 60-11)

Linglong Taihu Qing Scholar's Stone
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This Taihu scholar's stone is classified as "linglong," one of the criteria used by connoisseurs to judge the rocks collected by Chinese literati. The term linglong may be translated as "shapely" or as "pierced with many holes." This stone also is in the category of "fantastic rock" (as opposed to "zoomorphic rocks" and "landscape rocks") for the obvious reason that one can see abstract, dream-like representations in its form. Shap ...click for details


Gilded Wood 19th Century Qing Offering Tray

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1900   item# 858930 (stock# 33-96)

Gilded Wood 19th Century Qing Offering Tray
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A wood tray from late 19th century China is gilded with a scene from a scholar’s or high official’s home of an elaborately robed lady of leisure. She is seen in a screened and curtained area, indicated to the left of the tableau, and is seated reading poetry at a table. The woman’s attitude is casual and her surroundings elegant. Gilded foliage decorates the tray’s rim, and a maker’s seal is painted in red on the back side. This is a piece that preserves a glimpse into a China long gone. It show ...click for details


Lingyanshan Scholar Stone with Country Scene

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1920   item# 852786 (stock# 60-08)

Lingyanshan Scholar Stone with Country Scene
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A swirling pastoral scene centered with a fantastic plum tree is represented in this polished, slab-shaped Chinese scholar’s rock. Classified as a “fantastic” or representational stone, one in which viewers see pictures from this and other worlds, it is in shades of molten caramel with touches of green floating across the lower right and left quadrants. The shape of the tree, which an earlier owner perceived as a plum tree, is echoed by another small tree of the same shape in the distance. Gre ...click for details


Chinese 19th Century Scholar Writing Box

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1900   item# 847598 (stock# 60-21)

Chinese 19th Century Scholar Writing Box
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$470 

This Qing Dynasty scholar’s box has four rosewood doors hand painted with ivory-colored flowers and foliage, following the traditional practice of Chinese scholars to surround themselves in their studios with reminders of nature. Made to be displayed on a table or desk, the box was used to store carved signature seals, ink sticks and other small items. The rosewood door panels are set within hand carved elm beading and frames, and the front, sides and top of the piece are made of elm wood in a r ...click for details


Feng Li Scholar Stone

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1960   item# 816112 (stock# 60-01)

Feng Li Scholar Stone
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This feng li (wind cut) viewing stone with its wonderful other-worldly surface is from Alashan Zuo Qi on the western end of China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. There in the Gobi Desert, the dry winds and blowing sand shape stones with molten, craggy surfaces unlike those of scholar stones collected anywhere else in China. This one, called "The Old Man" by its previous owner, can indeed reveal with a little imagination a bent figure with a large and drooping head, his chin res ...click for details


Relief Carved Scholar Pavilion Framed Wood Panel

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1900   item# 813455 (stock# 58-18)

Relief Carved Scholar Pavilion Framed Wood Panel
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A finely detailed Chinese relief carving shows a bearded scholar in his courtyard surrounded by friends and family. He and his bearded associate sit at a table under the ornate roofs of the raised pavilion. Two children and several other figures are seen in other sections of the courtyard, which is enclosed by a low fence. Six tiled roofs, trees and potted plants are carved with meticulous care, and another structure is seen atop a mountain in the background. The coins carved in each end of the ...click for details


Pair Large Chinese Calligraphy Panels

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1980   item# 810505 (stock# 37-65)

Pair Large Chinese Calligraphy Panels
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$700 

Two panels of Chinese calligraphy convey an exotic and compelling vision: “In the amber light . . . hear the sound of drums and dance and fly like a bird.” Written in free-flowing cursive script, these late 20th century panels are mounted on grey silk appropriate for framing or scrolling. A fascinating window into Chinese history, calligraphy began with oracle bone script in the 11th and 12 centuries BC and progressed through various styles of script—seal, clerical, standard, and cursive. Among ...click for details


Laoshan Lushi Scholar's Stone

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1910   item# 707546 (stock# 52-29)

Laoshan Lushi Scholar's Stone
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A Chinese scholar's stone from Laoshan Mountain in Shandong Province, China, has the craggy grey/green stone, known to collectors as Laoshan Lushi, embedded with a smooth and shiny knot-shaped vein of black stone that looks like onyx. The contrasting vein and the shape of the rock give it appeal from several sides and angles, a quality that was sought by Chinese scholar collectors who began nearly 1000 years ago bringing special stones into their studios for contemplation and display. For th ...click for details


Carved Wood Panel Chinese Scholar In Garden

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Architectural Elements: Pre 1910   item# 705829 (stock# 54-66)

Carved Wood Panel Chinese Scholar In Garden
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$295 

A tall, thin scholar in a flowing robe centers this late 19th/early 20th century Chinese wood carving. He holds a fan and strikes a pose of the privileged as his little servant stands by on the left. The scholar presumably is on a stroll through his garden, a spot where the Chinese literati were said to spend a good deal of their time and where they often were shown in paintings and carvings. The deep relief carving is inside an octagon, which is contained within a rectangular cartouche. The pan ...click for details

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