A fine and very rare cylindrical bronze incense burner with flowering prunus feet and handles and bearing the characters "Wan nian bao lu" which translates as "precious censer for 10000 years" (meaning forever precious censer). The base carries the reign mark of the Fifteenth Century Xuande emperor (1426-1435) but this item was made later, during the 17th Century. For many additional pictures please view #1154 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
Condition: excellent - no damages or losses and no repairs or restoration but the external surface has been polished within the last 10 years.
12cm (4.75 inches) high; 17cm (6.7 inches) wide.
Weight: 1.34kg (2lb 15oz).
A fine and very rare pair of monochrome rouleau shaped porcelain vases with apple green lustrous glaze; the base and interior are glazed white.
There are old collector's labels to the base.
These items were made in China, in the late 17th or early 18th Century, during the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722). For additional pictures please view #1195 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
Condition - excellent - no damages and no restoration.
A very finely carved ivory okimono of a fisherman wearing a grass apron and carrying a basket containing a fish. Additionally (within the basket) is a small bound bundle of reeds or sticks. There is a small peg protruding from his right forearm (please view enlargement #12) indicating that something (possibly the bundle) might have been attached to it.
Carved on the base is an insect and the artist's signature， "Seimei".
This item was made in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1911).
Condition: excellent - unusually no damages and no repairs.
For many additional pictures please view #1170 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
18.2cm (7.1 inches) high.
Weight: 369 grams (13oz).
Please note - purchasers from outside the European Union will require a CITES Certificate and may also require import documentation within their own country.
日本明治时期（1868 - 1911年间） "静明"款象牙雕渔夫人像
A rare and very finely caste heavy bronze (copper tin alloy) incense burner in the form of a playful crouching 'lion'.
This item was made in Ming dynasty China probably during the 16th or early 17th Century.
Condition: the cover is missing; otherwise very good.
For many additional pictures please view #1133 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
Max length 35 cm.(13.75 inches), max height 18.5 cm.(7.25 inches).
Weight circa 6.7 kilos (14lbs 12 oz).
An old and larger than average soft wood Dayak war shield painted with anthropomorphic figures and faces in red, black and white pigment.
This item was made during either the 19th or very early 20th Century.
Condition: very used; un-restored and un-repainted. There is much wear to the surface and edges and the decoration appears "faded". There is a very old replacement section of wood to the bottom left which appears to have been "cannibalised" from another old shield. Whilst most of the original human hair decoration is missing, on close examination a few remaining hairs can be found adhered to some of the smeared old resin glue.
For many additional pictures please view #1149 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
157cm (61.75 inches) high; 29.5cm (11.5 inches) wide.
A rare Japanese porcelain coffee cup and saucer very finely decorated with phoenix, pine branches,flowers and pomegranates painted in underglaze blue with overglaze iron red and green enamels. This item was made in the Arita kilns (Hizen province) and exported to Europe from the port of Imari during the first half of the 18th Century. Condition: excellent - no damages or restoration and, unusually, with very little wear to the elaborate over gilding. For additional pictures please view #1128 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
Cup: 5.5cm (2.2 inches) high; 5.5cm (2.2 inches) diameter.
Saucer: 10.4cm (4.25 inches) diameter.
A porcelain bowl painted with over glaze "famille rose" enamels depicting a flowering peony shrub issuing from a stylized blue rock. This item was made in China for export to Europe during the second quarter of the 18th Century. For some additional pictures please view #1124 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
Condition: very good - there is a 1.7cm chip to the inside of the footrim; no other damages and no restoration.
14cm (5.5 inches) diameter; 6.5cm (2.6 inches) high.
A rare burnished red earthenware foot rasp, in the form of a stylized crouching crocodile, probably made in Asyut (circa 1850-1920), for use in the Egyptian public bath house. There is a very similar example in the Pitt Rivers Museum (University of Oxford: http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/bodyarts/index.php/temporary-body-arts/toiletries/50-footcare.html . For another, more elaborately carved foot rasp ( in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum ) please view: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/it/rasp-unknown/.
Condition: the upper and lower jaws have been broken and glued back.
16cm (6.25 inches) long; 5cm (2 inches) high).
A rare carved ivory figure of a man, wearing a (beaded?) belt with traditional leather apron, made in Sub-Saharan (possibly southern) Africa for sale to European traders or colonists during the late 19th or early 20th Century. For additional pictures please view #1121 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
Condition: very good - there is discoloration due to aging but no damages and no repairs or restoration.
27cm (10.3 inches) high.
Weight: 265 grams (9.35 ounces)
PLEASE NOTE: Purchasers from outside the European Union will require a CITES Certificate and may also need import documentation within their own country.
A rare and finely cast bronze Crane made in Ming dynasty China (1368 - 1644).
Cranes were most popular on blue and white ceramics during the reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566) but, although similarly modelled duck form censers bearing the Jiajing reign mark are not unusual, bronze cranes from this period are extremely rare.
Unusually, this item carries a makers mark which reads "Ri Xin".
Condition - excellent - there are minor losses (to the tail) probably sustained at the time of casting but no damages, repairs or restoration. For many additional pictures please view #1114 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
35.5 cm (14 inches) high.
Weight 2.2kg (4lb 12oz).
A rare early 18th Century Chinese porcelain jar finely painted with wucai / famille verte enamels depicting a lady and two boys in a garden setting. This item was made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province southern China, during the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662 - 1722).
Condition: excellent - there is a little surface degradation to some of the over glaze enamels but no losses; no damages and no restoration. For additional pictures please view #1112 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
12 cm (4.75 inches) high.
A very rare, finely modelled, bronze figure of the Ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bast, with later, crudely carved, early 20th Century soft wood stand.
This item was made in Egypt during the Late Dynastic Period (664-332 BC).
Condition: Very good - there is oxidation loss to the left side between the fore and hind leg; no further losses and no repairs.
For many additional pictures please view #1109 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
Height (without stand): 6.6cm (2.6 inches).
Height (with stand): 10.8cm (4.25 inches).
Weight (without stand)
A porcelain jar with replacement wood cover painted with polychrome Famille Rose enamels and decorated with four Chilong (Chi Dragon) medalions reserved against a dense ground of stylized scrolling lotus. This item was made in China circa 1730 to 1750, probably during the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795).
Condition: there is a minor loss to the upper rim of the wood cover; the porcelain jar is in excellent condition with no damages and no repairs or restoration. For additional pictures please view #1072 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk.
18.7cm (7.3 inches) high: 21cm (8.25 inches) high with cover.
A bronze vase finely cast in archaic Shang dynasty style Gu form. The body is subidivided by four rows of vertical fin shaped flanges and is decorated with stylized flower heads and lingzhi fungus reserved against a flattened Leiwen (cloud) daiper ground.
This item was made during the 16th or early 17th Century, possibly during the reign of the Wanli emperor (1573 - 1619. For additional pictures please view #1062 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
20.5cm (8.1 inches) high
A Dayak sword - Mandau - with rattan bound deer antler handle in the form of a finely carved zoomorphic (possibly deer's) head. The iron blade is engraved with stylized scrolling vine decoration.
This item was made (and used) during either the 19th or very early 20th Century.
Condition: very good, but the sword is without its scabbard and the bade has seen much use, having many nicks to the cutting edge; also much of the decorative brass inlay to the blade is missing. For many additional pictures please view #1063 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
Blade: 54cm (21.25 inches) long; 4.3cm at the widest part & with a maximum thickness of 1.5cm at the top of the blade.
Total length (incuding handle): 69cm (27 inches)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to posting restrictions we are unable to ship this item. We can only sell directly through our Liverpool shop.
A rare, attractively patinated, small bronze figure depicting the Ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bast. This item was made in Egypt during the Late Dynastic Period (664-332 BC).
Condition: much of the surface is oxidized and is degraded in places and there is extensive malachite encrustation.
4cm (1.6 inches) high.
A well carved hardwood figure of an emmaciated aescetic, probably depicting the Chinese Daoist Immortal Li Tieguai. This item was made in China, probably for export, during either the late 19th or early 20th century.
Condition: there is a small old chip to one finger and an old age crack to the base; otherwise excellent.
27cm (10.5 inches} high.
A massive bronze (copper tin alloy) vase cast in Han dynasty Hu shape and with Han style Taotie mask handles. The archaistic style decoration is an amalgam of Shang and Zhou dynasty motifs. These consist of upper and lower bands depicting stylized dragons and a central band of large Taotie ("monster"} masks. All are reserved against a flattened Leiwen (cloud) daiper ground. Below the upper two horizontal bands are pendent 'Cicida Blades'.
An accompanying 1973 British Museum letter suggests an 18th/19th Century dating but more recent scholarship has confirmed that this item was made earlier, during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). For this letter and many additional enlargements, please view 1tem #1045 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
For a slightly smaller Ming vase of this shape, please view Lot 391, Sotheby's New York 18 March 2015; for a Ming dynasty archaistic bronze bell, with similar decoration, please view Lot 812, Sotheby.s New York, 21 March 2015
Condition - there are typical old repairs and losses, particularly to the base (please view enlargements).
49.5cm (19.5 inches) high.
Weight 8.9kg (19.6lb).