This is a very fine quality Japanese Cloisonne vase. It features a pair of Mandarin ducks. The enameling is beautiful. The vase is not signed but it reminds us of several Hayashi Tanigoro pieces we have had. The vase is stout and quite heavy.It measures 9 1/2 inches tall. The vase looks perfect but has several short lines at the top shoulder that are barely visible. See last image.
Wang Xizhi at His Study
Signature reads Hokkai
Size: Length 181 cm Width 41cm
Wang Xizhi, the sage of calligraphy and wearing his signature hat is sitting at his study while staring at geese floating on a lake or pond. This view is based on a famous poem that Wang Xizhi wrote how he yearns to be the geese flying in the distance. Other portraits show the poet carrying a geese, where painters tried to grasp at the heart of Wang Xizhi's poems and express them visually.
A fine blue & white vase, freely painted with a dragon chasing the flaming pearl. Choson dynasty, 19th century. 30 cms high.
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This is an Edo period wooden netsuke of a Shishi that was once totally covered with red lacquer or paint. The shishi has its paws on a mokugyo - See Footnote. The face of the netsuke is angry as if it is protecting the mokugyo. The netsuke has superb patina where the old lacquer and red paint has worn through. It measures 1 3/8” high by 1 5/8” long by 7/8” wide...
Chinese Qing Dynasty Blue and White snuff bottle depicting a hunting scene including men on horse-back, shooting bows & arrows and carrying felled prey. No apparent cracks or chips. Height 2.75 inches, width 1.25 inches.
Chinese Qing Dynasty Blue and White snuff bottle depicting various court yard scenes. Small chip on inner side of base rim and a very faint hairline length wise and extremely difficult to see. Height 3+ inches, width 1+inch
Chinese Qing Dynasty Blue and Red under-glaze snuff bottle depicting important meeting of officials in a court setting. No apparent chips or cracks. No stopper or lid. Height 3 inches, width 1.25 inches.
An Antique Aka Red Coral Necklace with diamonds, 14K Gold
Age: 19th century
An Aka Red Coral Necklace: very rare and finely polished, comprised of numerous beads of coral with even and brilliant red tone,with diamonds decorated.
Diam: 12.5mm/biggest beads,
An expressive boxwood mask netsuke of the celebrated, delightfully controversial Okame. The renowned netsuke-shi Shumin carved Okame’s famously cheerful face with delicate incisions for the hair, modeling of the cheeks, perky nose and warm smile. Shumin I signature incised on reverse side. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition. (The netsuke artist Shumin I was from the Kansei region and a pupil of Shuzan or Shugetsu II.)
Late 18th/19th Century, Japan
A large red embroidered Chinese silk hanging of six vertical panels in white polychrome and gilt-wrapped threads with flower baskets, flower pots, chess, rabbit, framed with orange color embroidered embroidered border.
condition: fading, soiling and lose threads.
70 inches x 59 inches.
Beautiful large stratified eye bead (seven eyes) from the Warring States Period (Zhanguo)(481 - 221 BC). In very good condition. The authentic beads do not blister like the newer made. Diameter 4 cm. See 'Glass Beads in the world' by Takashi Taniichi and Yoshiro Kudo.
A fine woven Chinese silk tapestry with accents of delicate gold thread couching. Featuring two Chinese figures in a landscape with a golden tan background, the top border is purple with a floral and branch design. There appears to be a little hand painting on the men's faces, Edges of tapestry are bound in black and are a little loose in a few spots. In excellent condition, both sides are the same and it can be displayed on either side. Measures approx 12 x 8 inches...
This is a finely painted small ceramic obidome of the Noh drama character called “Okina”. Obidome, as was true for netsuke, were often imitations of full-size Noh masks. The piece is painted in thick enamel and is very detailed – from the stylized white eyebrows to the white beard that flows to the left of his chin...
Fine necklace designed with ancient Burmese beads:
-3 pyu gold beads (7-11th), 2 square ava beads (16-18th).18-19k gold, 5.2gr of gold.
-Pyu green glass beads (3-11th).
A large Chinese silver handmirror with repousse decoration of dragons, clouds and bamboo, the handle with a large ring for suspension. Marked: Wang Hing. Length: 29.0 cm.; width: 20.5 cm. Weight (incl. mirror glass) 808 gr. Late 19th cent.
Staining and losses to reverse of mirror glass. No damage.
Wonderful set of antique Pyu beads (around 2000-1000yo) from Burma/Myanmar
including Carnelian etched beads, Pumtek and agate etched beads.
Chinese Oxblood Bowl
Late Qing Period or Republic
Size: Diameter 9.5cm Height 4cm
The bowl contains a Yongzheng Period Mark on the bottom. However, the piece was made much later during the Late Qing to Republic Period. Oxblood glazes were popular starting with the monochrome glazes seen in the preceding dynasties prior to the Qing. By the late 17th century, new technologies and chemicals broaden the spectrum of porcelain arts that monochrome glazes became part of this trend...
Chinese Jade Carving of a Fruit on a Branch
Size: 4.8 x 4.5 cm
A rather interesting jade carving of a fruit with a branch from its tree ( or bush). Carvings from still life or nature has been popular in China, but production and craft in Jade increased during the succeeding years of the late Ming up to fall of the Qing Dynasty in early 20th century.