19th century Chinese ivory seal of square section with crisply carved sunken characters on the base and a flowering prunus branch on the top. Superb elegant carving, wonderful yellowish patina, old age lines, in great condition. Excellent object for scholarís table with wonderful feel of age. Height of the seal 1 3/8 inches, base 9/16 inches long.
Wonderful piece appropriate for scholarís desk, concave area on the side for holding, hole in the upper part for hanging, pleasant finish to the stone. The bottom is carved with two raised characters, red seal paste in the grooves. Delicately white/green natural untreated jadeite. Imprint of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1. Height 1 5/8 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (pre 1911) Chinese scholar jadeite seal of irregular rectangular shape. Does not photograph well. Wonderful austere piece appropriate for a scholarís table, pleasant finish to the stone. The bottom is carved with two raised characters, red seal paste in the grooves. Off-white natural untreated jadeite with touch of green and russet skin areas. Imprint of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1. Height 1 11/16 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (pre 1911) Chinese scholar agate seal of classic rectangular shape. Does not photograph well. Wonderful austere piece appropriate for a scholarís table, pleasant finish to the stone. The bottom is crisply carved with four sunken characters, red seal paste in the grooves. Natural gray agate with beautiful lighter colored veins. Imprint of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1. Height 2 7/16 inches.
19th century small Chinese bronze scroll weight cast in the form of a seated monkey with one hand raised in puzzlement to its head, and holding a peach branch in the other. Very nice casting, beautifully incised fur, great patina. Excellent piece in scholarís taste. Height 1 3/16 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1910s) Chinese brushrest made out of a natural dried Buddhaís hand citrus fruit with carved staghorn stem. Superb natural design, beautiful skin texture, overall in great condition. Excellent object for contemplation on scholarís desk. Length 5 1/2 inches.
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 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.