A large Chinese silk satin picture painted and finely embroidered with silk thread, in traditional taste, depicting two figures (probably Scholars) ascending a footpath to a Pavillion shaded by Pine trees in a mountain landscape. The embroidered calligraphy to the top right takes the form of a poem which can be translated as:
"Spring water flows loudly and clearly . . dusk is coming. Climbing the steps and looking at the scene in conversation and laughter. Thanks to the sparse cover of pine trees we can walk through the moonlight. In the quiet of the Mountain Pavillion flying Cranes can be observed from afar."
This item was probably made in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, Eastern China during either the Republic period (1911-1949) or during the 1950s in the early years of the Peoples Republic.
Condition: very good - there are old creases to the silk satin fabric but no damages, losses, repairs or alterations.
A rare "famille rose" dragon and phoenix decorated bowl with an inscription dedicating it as a 60th birthday gift from Ma Tao Yu to Xiong Gong - otherwise known as Chen Zhao Ying (1888-1977), who was a senior military leader of the Guo Min-dang (Kuomintang) between the years 1911 to 1932 and who was very close to Sun Zhong-shan and Jiǎng Jièshí (Chiang Kai-shek). From 1944 to 1948, Chen Zhao Ying was the chief of the Jiangxi Province Guo Min-dang Party committee and the minister of Audit for Anhui and Jiangxi Provinces. The bowl, dedicated as an advance birthday gift, is dated Autumn, 1946.
Condition - excellent - no damages and no restoration.
12.4cm (4.8 inches) diameter.
1946年 民国 龙凤团纹祝寿碗
注：陈 肇英(1888—1977)，字雄夫，浙江浦江古塘村人。浙江省浦江县中山中学创办人。 辛亥革命时，参加浙联军光复南京战役。1916年，发动浙江独立，反对袁世凯和浙江都督朱瑞，并赴上海见孙中山。1918年，通电拥护西南护法政府，任援 闽浙军第一师中将师长兼前敌总指挥。次年，与蒋介石结为把兄弟。1922年，任以孙中山为非常大总统的护法政府参谋。1926年1月，被选为中国国民党第 二届中央执行委员会候补委员。蒋介石四一二反革命政变后，递补为国民党中央执行委员，连任至第六届。1928年起，任国民政府立法院立法委员，后兼立法院 军事委员会委员长。1934—1942年间，任闽浙监察使。1935年起，兼任中国国民党福建省党部主任委员。1944年，改任中国国民党江西省党部主任 委员、皖赣监察使。1948年任监察院监察委员。1949年6月去台湾，曾兼任中国国民党中央纪律委员会委员、中央评议委员等。著有《八十自述》。
An extremely finely and delicately painted eggshell porcelain bowl by Wang Yijun. The poem on the reverse side reads "Wen ji qi wu xiang feng nian, fu gui rong hua ren ping an. Wang Yijun zuo" which can translate as "Practice the sword while hearing roosters (meaning work hard) and enjoy the affluence of the year; wish people wealth, prosperity and safety. Made by Wang Yijun"The seal mark to the base reads "Jingdezhen Zuo" - Made in Jingdezhen. Wang Yijun (1904 - 1989)was born in Anhui, China. A student of Wu Ai in his early years, he specialised in “flowers and birds” painting. He adapted Lang Shining’s style, with a touch of traditional famille rose technique. His works are usually delicate and vivid, with the elegance of the court school. In 1959 Wang Yijun was conferred the title “Ceramic Artist” by the Jingdezhen Munipal Government. In 2011, the late artist was given the Official award of “China’s Master of Ceramic Art”. For many additional pictures please view #0825 in our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk.Condition - excellent -no damages or repaairs and with fitted box. 20.8cm (8.2in) diameter.
A "mirror" pair of European subject vases hand painted with 'Famille Rose' enamels in 18th century style. The bases are painted with the overglaze blue enamel four character reign mark of the Yongzheng emperor (1723-1735) but these vases were made later, in the 20th Century, during the Republic period (1911-1949).
Condition: excellent - no damages and no restoration.
20cm (8 inches) high.
A finely crafted pumpkin shaped Zisha clay Yixing stoneware teapot decorated on one side with applied pumpkin vine decoration. This item carries three seal marks which all bear the name Shi Yu Zhen.
Condition: excellent - no chips or cracks and no restoration. For additional pictures please view item #0563 at our Liverpool shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk.
15cm (6 inches) long; 7.5cm (3 inches) high.
A finely carved pair of Buffalo, each mounted by a small boy. These items were made in China in the first half of the 20th Century, during the Republic period (1911-1949 or earlier.
Condition - excellent - no damages and no repairs or restoration.
Each approx 19.5cm (7.6 inches)long;17.5cm (6.9 inches) high.
A 'bronze' (copper zinc alloy) hand warmer decorated, we think, with scenes from the "Xi Xiang Ji" - a Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) story known in the west as "The Romance of the Western Chamber ". The pierced cover depicts two dragons amongst stylized clouds in pursuit of a pearl. On the base is the six character reign mark of the Ming dynasty Xuande emperor (1426-1435) but this item was made later, probably in the 20th Century, during the Republic period (1911-1949).
Condition : excellent - no damages and no repairs.
12cm (4.7 inches) high; 16.5cm (5.5 inches) high with handles raised; 14cm (5.5 inches) wide.
For additional pictures and enlargements please view item #0476 on our Liverpool Shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
An "ogee" shaped porcelain bowl decorated with polychrome 'famille rose' enamels depicting two pheasants amongst flowering peony and pomegranate branches and below a band of alternating lotus flowers and the eight Buddhist emblems, the Bajixiang. The seal mark to the base reads "Zhong Hua Min Guo" (Republic of China), dating it to the period 1911-1949.
Condition: there are rim frits / chips and there is a light 1cm hairline to the rim ; no further damages and no restoration.
14cm (5.5inches) diameter; 5.9cm (2.3inches) high. For additional enlargements please view item #03268 on our Liverpool Shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk
A carved wood figure of a barefoot fisherman with straw hat and his hair in a top knot, carrying a basket and net. This item was made in China circa 1920-1960 during either the Republic or very early People's Republic periods.
Condition: very good - there is an old crack next to his right foot; no further damages and no repairs or restoration. 20cm (8inches) high.
An early 20th Century Zisha ("purple clay") teapot with famille rose enamelled decoration depicting the "Three Friends of Winter" - prunus (plumb) blossom, pine tree and bamboo - and also a single bat. This item was made in Yixing, Zhejiang province, China during the Republic period (1911-1949). The maker's or shop seal mark inside the cover reads "Rong Ji"; the elaborate seal mark on the base reads "Fu Kang Ying Kou". Ying Kou is a town in Liao Ning province, north east China. Condition: very good - there are no damages other than a minute chip to the cover (please view enlargement 7) . There has been no restoration. 16.5cm (6.5inches) long; 9cm (3.5inches) high. For three additional enlargements please view #0258 on our recently constructed shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk.
A large underglaze blue decorated vase, very finely painted in 18th Century style with bands of plantain leaves, key fret and ruyi above the Bajixiang (eight Buddhist emblems) amongst cloud scrolls. On the base is the six character seal mark of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795) but this item was made later, in the 20th Century, probably during the Republic period (1911-1949). Condition - a section of the body has been broken and was professionally repaired about 30 years ago (please view enlargements 7 and 8) and there are two drill holes to the base where we have had the vase tested. 38cm (15inches) high. For additional pictures (including a photo of the thermoluminescence analysis report)please view #0166 on our recently constructed shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk.
A porcelain vase hand painted in traditional Chinese style with a continuous mountain and river landscape and accompanying poem. This item was probably made, circa 1950-1975, during the third quarter of the 20th Century.
Condition: the base has been drilled for a lamp conversion; no further damages and no restoration.
33cm (13inches) high
A finely carved Camphor Wood figure depicting the legendary (Eastern Han) "General" Guan Di (Guangong). This item was made in Kaohsiung (Gaoxiong) Taiwan, probably during the third quarter of the 20th Century, circa 1950-1975. 29cm (11.4 inches) high.
A large bottle vase painted in Qianjiang style with eight fishes swimming amongst aquatic plants. On one side is a poem which reads "A fisherman I am not, using brush as fishing rod. Casually sketch a few fishes, then look into the painting on the pot. Winter of Ji Si year (1929). Tie Jian Zi Deng Bishan painted at Zhu Shan Mountain." On the base is the seal mark "Bishan". Deng Bishan was one of a very famous group of artists known as The Eight Friends. We believe that this item was made during the Republic period but we do not think it was painted by the hand of Deng Bishan . Condition - very good - there is an old hairline just above the base (please view enlargement 8); no further damages and no restoration. 40cm high.
A bowl, made in imitation of late Qing Imperial style, with two roundels - one depicting a five clawed Dragon and the other a Phoenix - both separated by two iron red bats and above stylized breaking waves. The base carries what is probably the factory mark which, in Pinyin, reads "Jiu Jiang Hui Kang Chu Pin". This item was made in China in the 1940s during the late Republic period. For a dated bowl, with similar decoration, please view item # 1149532 (stock # 789) in our catalogue. Condition - very good - no damages and no restoration. 12cm (4.5ins) diameter.
民国晚期 粉彩龙凤纹碗 约1946年
A rare carving of a Fisherman with an exceptionally large fish made in China during the third quarter of the 20th Century in the early People's Republic Period, possibly during the time of the Great Leap Forward 大跃进 circa 1958-1961. Condition - there is an age crack to the base and one of the fish's eyes is missing (see enlargement 9). 21cm (8.25inches) high.
A richly patinated carved wood figure of a seated drum playing musician. This item was made in Bali, circa 1900-1940, during the first half of the 20th Century. Condition - very good - there is a small chip to the head-dress (please view enlargement 11) - no further damage and no repairs. 18cm (7 inches) wide; 32cm (12.5 inches) high.
A small Paktong Ink Box with engraved landscape decoration, made in China during the Republic period (1912-1949) or earlier. The copper base bears a shop or retailer's mark which reads "Yong Fa Chang". Condition - there are small surface bumps and marks (please view enlargements) and there is wear to the base. 4.4cm (1.75ins) square; 2.4cm (0.9ins) deep.