18th century Chinese bronze sculpture of a running boy holding a Precious Gem in his raised hand. Unusual image, wonderful casting and detailing - see his smiling face and knots of his robe. Excellent warm patina, 200 years worth of compressed dust on the surface, pleasantly heavy. Fixed to a newer beautifully carved hardwood stand. Very nice object for scholarís desk. Height with stand 3 5/16 inches (84 mm).
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese agate brushrest carved as five peaks with foothills. The piece gives a good feeling of weathered mountain surfaces and quiet energy of the stone. Superbly clever use of material - moss agate inclusions depict separate trees, and layered agate perfectly represents geological strata in the foothills. Richly textured and beautifully finished surface, some scratching to the bottom. Excellent functional object for scholarís table. Length 4 3/8 inches, height ...click for details
Rather unusual late Tang Dynasty (9th century AD) Chinese bronze small votive sculpture of one of the Buddhist guardians / Heavenly Generals. Great dynamic posture, obvious old losses, but the spirit of the sculpture is still there. Wonderful casting with beautiful worn face, graceful rhythm to the folds of his clothing, traces of gilding on the surface. The piece must have been used on a household altar, excellent patina from incense and centuries of handling. Freely hanging on a wire support o ...click for details
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese metal chopsticks decorated with some engraving and connected with a length of chain. The metal is paktong - an alloy made of copper, nickel and zinc extensively used in China for export objects in the 18th and 19th centuries. Well made, feel very pleasant to hold, wonderful patina. Length 8 1/4 inches.
Rather unusual 1910s framed and glazed Chinese painting of a juggler by a rocky outcrop, his foot up and arms outstretched, his juggling stick flying through the air. While the details of the landscape and his face are painted with colors on paper, his clothes and hand are cut out of various Chinese postal stamps and glued to form a perfect picture of the robe and pants. Superbly clever design, flawlessly executed, red seal paste seal of the artist in the corner. The picture is in excellent cond ...click for details
Rather unusual 19th century Chinese export silver match box holder with relief decoration of a pagoda on textured ground. Excellent crisp work, great detailing. Two hall marks on the bottom - one in Chinese, the other reading HC. Height 2 5/16 inches.
19th century Chinese silver export ashtray in a shape of a Chinese shoe. Beautifully chiseled crisp decoration of 2 dragons on the sides. Good design, pleasant patina. Two hall marks on the bottom - one in Chinese, the other appear to read ZEELUNG. Length 3 7/8 inches.
19th century Chinese export silver open salt in a shape of a bamboo section with low relief sprays of bamboo on the sides and glass insert. Excellent crisp work, 2 hall marks on the bottom - one Chinese, the other one reading HC. Wonderful old piece in great condition. Height 1 3/8 inches.
19th century Chinese export silver salt shaker with floriform body section and two relief Chinese characters on the sides reading LONG LIFE and HAPPINESS, respectively. Excellent crisp work, could use some cleaning, 3 hall marks on the bottom - 1 Chinese and 2 reading 90 and WH, respectively. Height 1 13/16 inches.
19th century Chinese export silver open salt in round shape on 3 ball feet. Decorated on the side with a floral spray and inscribed R. D. Excellent crisp work, in very good condition, 4 hall marks on the bottom - one Chinese, one reading 84, one reading AR backwards, and the last one reading A.A. 1895. Wonderful old piece in great condition. Diameter 1 3/4 inches.