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
Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) small Chinese bronze belt hook with a horse head finial. Very good work, beautiful patina with oxidation and some malachite incrustations, nice feel of age. Wonderful object for scholarís table, comes from an old British collection (old collection number in white paint on the back). Length 1 3/8 inches.
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 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.
19th century Chinese export silver spoon with the handle decorated in low relief with 2 scholars in a typical landscape of thatched hut and rocks. Excellent crisp work, in very good condition, pleasantly heavy. Two hall marks on the bottom - one in Chinese, the other appears to read HC. Length 5 7/8 inches.