This is a wonderful iron libation cup in the form of the classic Jue of the Chinese Shang dynasty. When I first discovered this piece, I thought it might actually be from that period, but then discovered that it is made of iron -a magnet sticks to it- and the Shang pieces were all of bronze. From the heavy encrustation on this piece, I believe it to be a Japanese piece done in the style of the Jue around the turn of this century...
Eastern Han dynasty, 1st - early 3rd century
H: 27 cm (10.62in) / D: 21 cm (8.26in)
Chinese burial earthenware jar of the farm structure of granary made to provide for the afterlife as originally, coated in the silvery weathered green glaze aged for the long periods of time in the ground, turned to quite a unique 'wabi' impression (landscape), which had tended to be applied to the likely practical utensil (as vase) in the tea ceremonial concept of 'mitate' by the J...
A small beaker form vase of square section with vertical barbed halberd shaped vertical flanges dating to the Meji period. The decoration rather than cast has been cold chiselled in “Chinese style”. The upper register contains four seasonal vignettes, Spring Ume ni Egisu, Bush warbler and Plum blosson, Summer, Botan ni Kiji, Autumn Maple and Deer, Shika Momiji-zu, and Winter, Pine and Cranes, Matsu ni Tsuru...
A good early example of an Arita grass hopper pattern “Kraak” dish following a Chinese precedent of the late Ming period, Rinaldi Border VII. The dish is in good condition with no cracks, chips or restoration, as is usual there are glazed over chips from the “biscuit” firing, three spur marks to the reverse...
A dish of flanged form decorated with stylised interlocking ring and ruyi motifs to the rim, an undecorated cavetto, and a central picture of a Landscape of islands and rocky outcrops with three figures in the foreground, one fishing and two others crossing a bridge to join him. A classic Kaiseki composition incorporating all the essential elements of eremeticism...
A Kakiemon octalobed moulded dish decorated in underglaze blue with a central mikomi of the poet Lin Bu with companion viewing plum blossom in a highly stylised landscape. The rim of the dish decorated with a continuous landscape. Lin Bu was part of a long Chinese eremitic tradition of the high minded scholar choosing the life of the hermit rather than embracing the materialism and corruption of the political world of the Court...
Quartz Citron Snuff Bottle
Size: Height 6cm
Snuff bottles became popular during the Qing dynasty, a period where a court that was always on the move interacted with West in many ways. This snuff bottle is crafted in the form of a Buddha hand citron, one of the few fruits favored by the Chinese.
Amber and Jade Snuff Bottle
Size: Height 6cm
Snuff, a Western material that was brought to China somewhere around the 18th century stimulating Chinese visual culture. Originally snuff was presented to the court in cases that were familiar to Europeans at the time and later a bottle shaped container was created to contain the snuff.
dhyanasana sitting, wearing an embroidered robe forming smooth folds, holding the vase kalasha in his left hand, wearing necklaces and earrings precious ear, face surmounted by a high crown. Provenance: Sotheby's
Beautiful and rare antique Chinese silk embroidered three legged lucky toad tassel lucky charm.
7 inches overall , 1" long the toad.
Reference: three-legged toad who had the fabulous ability to whisk its owner to any destination.¹ This particular toad had a love not only for water but also for gold. If the toad happened to escape down a well, Liu Hai could make him come out by means of a line baited with gold coins. The Chinese word for "toad" is chanchu (蟾蜍)...
An unusual large Japanese bowl featuring three light purple elephants in ceremonial attire resting among many flowers. The bowl is excellent condition, except for some wear to the gold around the rim. Measures 11.5 inches in diameter. Dates Meiji, late 1800's.
A Green glazed pair of Foo Lions joss stick holders from the Ming Dynasty. Joss sticks are incense on sticks and burned in religious ceremonies usually placed along side of Buddha. Size: H. 13.2cm. Condition: No repairs. Some minor small chips due to age.
Antique 17/18th century Chinese snuff bottle. Exquisitely carved from Ivory and turtle shell inlay. Silver rim with pink hard stone top. Very elegant shape. A rare find! very good condition all through. It measures 42 mm. wide x 49 mm. height 15 mm. thick.
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A nice Qing dynasty-Kangxi period 1662-1722 Batavian shipwreck blue and white covered box. It is decorated with floral motive, has a rounded shape with grooved surfaces, glazed and no mark. It is in very good condition and no restoration. Height: 6 cm and diameter: 9.5 cm.
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A small, delicately carved seal box carved of two pieces of lacquered and massive burlwood (yingzimu). Remains of dark lacquer at the bottom. Late Qing, probably Guangxu period, 1875-1907. H 5.5 cm, L 7.5 cm, W 5.8 cm. Condition: Very good, with minor wear from use.
A superb pair of antique pre 1920 Chinese gilt sterling silver earrings. Large oval sized featuring two large oval cabochons of natural egg yolk amber finely presented in the most beautiful enamel work playing with colours in a very fine combination. Back all filigree work. Screw wire for posts as used in the beginning of last century. A rare find! So rare and exquisite. They measure 27 mm. x 21 mm...
DESCRIPTION: An early 20th century Japanese ikebana basket with an open-weave ovoid body of a reddish-black split bamboo. A lighter colored smoked bamboo runs through the weave in a random pattern around the body, and a wrapped bamboo handle is attached. Wonderful old patina with no losses detected. A 4” high x 4” diameter copper liner is included. DIMENSIONS: 14 ¾” high (37.5 cm) x 9 ½” diameter (24 cm).
Ge type celadon glaze covering foot rim. Broad firing ring on base burnt red. Diameter = 11 cm Period : 14 th-15 th Century Longquan Kilns, Zhejiang Condition : crackline to the rim, no chips or hairlines and free from restoration.