19th century Chinese bamboo brushpot carved in the round with a continuous scene of Chinese scholars and peasants by rice bales under pine trees with gnarled branches, all in a setting of mountains, stream and clouds. Seven human figures, each in a distinct attitude, excellent quality carving - see the faces, robes, rocks, clusters of pine needles and textures of tree trunks. Excellent patina, compressed dust in crevices. Superb piece in scholarly taste. Height 5 3/8 inches, width 3 5/8.
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese soapstone brushrest carved in a shape of a 5-peaked mountain rising from waves, and pine trees growing on it. Excellent rendition of raw energy of the stone, both dynamic and frozen in dramatic shape. Beautifully carved trees, very beautiful stone of cream color with pink areas and white spots, pleasant finish and great patina. Wonderful object for contemplation on scholarís table. Length 7 3/8 inches, height 3 7/8 inches.
Late 19th to early 20th century Chinese porcelain figure of a mythical beast crouching on a base with its head raised. Great potting, excellent face with sharp fangs and ears, beautiful use of colors. Great patina, compressed dust on the surface. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century Chinese porcelain figure of a mythical beast sitting on a base with its head raised. Very nice earnest potting, delicate use of colors, marked in Chinese inside the base. Great patina, compressed dust on the surface. Height 2 3/4 inches.
Early 20th century Chinese porcelain figure of standing Medicinal Buddha with a precious jewel. Very nice earnest potting with wonderful face and beautiful jewelry, wonderful use of colors. Great patina, compressed dust on the surface. Height 2 13/16 inches.
19th century Chinese porcelain figure of a Chinese elder seated on rockery with a fan in his hands. Very nice earnest potting, wonderful face, delicate use of colors. Great patina, compressed dust on the surface. Height 2 3/4 inches.
Late 19th century Chinese / Tibetan mala - Buddhist rosary consisting of 108 Chinese white/gray jade beads and 4 stained ivory ones that serve as spacers dividing the prayer beads into groups of 27 each. True nephrite jade, and ivory beads are carved with SHOW (long life) character. Traditionally Buddhist rosary of 108 even-sized beads is used for mantra recitation. The thread represents the continuity of the buddhadharma piercing the 108 worldly passions. The mantras are recited to accomplish t ...click for details
19th century Chinese scholar natural rootwood ornament in a form of a distorted gourd, can be used as a brushrest. Very clever use of root formation, beautiful natural swirling cloud pattern on the surface, wonderful warm patina from handling. Excellent piece for scholarís desk. Length 3 inches.
Rather unusual 19th century Chinese glass seal of European shape. Beautiful transparent glass, pleasant finish to the surface. Imprint of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1. The bottom is crisply carved with two sank characters that can be translated as CLEAR STUDIO, red seal paste in the grooves. Very nice object for scholarís desk. Height 2 1/8 inches, base 9/16 inches long.
19th century wooden netsuke of sitting Tanuki (badger) beating on his extended belly as on a drum. In Japanese folklore tanuki is a notorious trickster: he drums with his paws on his large belly (tanuki no hara tsuzumi), imitating the sounding of gongs in temples and inns, and leading tired travelers astray in the darkness. Wonderful expression on the face of the creature, great realistic treatment of the subject. Superbly carved with great sense of volume, extraordinary face with well captured ...click for details