Mid 19th century Chinese textile kesi rank badge (also called mandarin squares) denoting the fifth civil rank symbolized by the bird on the badge - the Silver Pheasant. The badge is from the front of an officialís robe and consists of 2 vertical halves allowing the garment to be opened, now sown together. Woven designs on lattice background include sun, rocks among waves and clouds, bats in flight, fungus of Immortality, peaches, peonies, lotus flowers and other Emblems of the 8 Immortals, Buddh ...click for details
Mid 19th century Chinese textile kesi rank badge (also called mandarin square) denoting the seventh civil rank symbolized by the bird on the badge - the Mandarin Duck. The badge is from the front of an officialís robe and consists of 2 vertical halves allowing the garment to be opened, now sown together. Woven designs include sun, rocks among waves and clouds, bats in flight, fungus of Immortality, peaches, peonies, lotus flowers and other Emblems of the 8 Immortals, Buddhist Emblems and Eight T ...click for details
Late Qing Dynasty (1880s to 1911) Chinese bronze incense burner in a shape of a standing mandarin duck with its head raised. Wings and tail are decorated in champleve technique with red, green, blue, turquoise and yellow enamels with designs referring to ancient Chinese bronzes. The wings of the creature form a removable cover that fits perfectly. Excellent quality casting - see the head with incised lines around its beak and eyes, and detailing of its webbed feet. Beautiful patina, dust accumul ...click for details
Rather unusual good size 18th century Chinese pewter covered tea caddy of square section with indented corners, 4 short legs and cover. Did not photograph well - the colors are off, actual color is typical old pewter. Shoulders, sides, and tops of the cover and the body are inlaid with bronze or dark brass. Four raised panels on the sides are showing ancient bronze vessels with flowering branches, other scholarís objects, standing crane, butterflies and bats in flight, top of the body is inlaid ...click for details
Very unusual late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese scholarís ivory and ebony brushrest. Ivory is beautifully carved as a prunus trunk with flowers and buds, fixed in superbly fitted and excellently carved ebony stand. Elegant design and color combination, wonderful patina. Excellent functional object for scholarís desk, one of the most beautiful scholarís objects that I have had. Height 5/8 inches, total length 6 5/8 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese scholarís rock in a form of a natural turquoise nugget suggesting mountain of dramatic shape with crevices and caves. The stone provides several different views. Beautiful turquoise matrix of green and brown colors with very richly textured surface, nicely carved fitted hardwood stand. Wonderful object for contemplation on scholarís table. Height with stand 3 1/4 inches, length 4 inches.
19th century Chinese scholarís rootwood brushrest / scholarís rock giving a perfect impression of a craggy mountain range with numerous crevices. Did not photograph well - photos came out too harsh. Wonderful object conveying the power of the mountains. Natural root of a tree with old cracks, nicks and scratches adding to the wild energy of the piece. Beautiful patina, powerful piece for a scholarís table. Length 5 1/4 inches, height 2 1/4 inches.
19th century Chinese Canton enamel footed wine cup of round section with flaring mouth painted on the outside in polychrome enamels with three sprays of different flowers and grasses. Inside has another spray in the cavetto, and five bats in flight among clouds around the rim. Superb quality painting with famille rose colors, in great condition - all dark spots are original pitting marks, no cracks, losses or stress lines. Marked on the bottom in red enamel with characters SHAN (to award, to pra ...click for details
19th century Chinese Canton enamel footed shallow dish painted in polychrome enamels with 4 different archaic bronze vessels containing scholarís items such as reishi fungus scepter, peacock feather and coral branch, all on light blue ground. Scrolling design in black enamel on the inside and in blue on the outside. Blue enamel floral mark on the bottom. Some tiny chipping outside along the upper rim. Wonderful item for scholarís desk. 3 3/4 inches square.
19th century Chinese Canton enamel footed wine cup of square section painted on the outside in polychrome enamels with ďHundred AntiquesĒ - various archaic bronze vessels containing scholars items such as scrolls, brushes, reishi fungus scepters, peacock feathers and coral branches. Excellent quality painting with famille rose colors and black enamels with gold pencilling. Old darker spot inside on the bottom, otherwise in great condition - no star cracks or enamel losses. Wonderful item for sch ...click for details