The workmanship on this snuff bottle is really fantastic. The colored glass enameling is full of air bubbles. It's very unusual in that it has the dragon in brass relief. The colors are very vibrant and crisp. It's possible that this bottle is older then what I have it listed as. It measures 2 3/4 inches high with the lid on.
This is a large round scholar's calligraphy box with it's made to fit ink stone. This shows much evidence of use and age. The engraved bass box is very detailed and interesting. The top features the Shou or longevity symbol with scrolling vines. The bottom and sides have other Chinese symbols. The middle of the base is engraved with what appears to be a poem and signature. Much of the original blue paint still fills and highlights the engraving. It measures 5 and 1/2 inches across. Dat ...click for details
This antique chair cover is from the estate of Bobby Arlen Langell of Oakland California. It was framed under plastic by his Art supply store in the 50's or 60's. The symbolism relates to longevity and good fortune. The Chinese character for longevity is in various scripts across the top border. The figures are of a imperial five claw gold dragon, a tiger, a phoenix, and a bat. These are all very symbolic to the Chinese. Even the gold and blue thread is symbolic. As can be clearly see ...click for details
This well executed Bronze is of fierce looking Foo Dog and its cub. It displays beautifully from any angle with life like flowing manes and vividly angry expressions. It's just over five inches long. It's very heavy for its size weighing 1 lb 11 oz.
This vase is about 11 inches by 7 inches in size. It is from the Chase Gilmore estate. Mr. Gilmore owned a high end Oriental Antique store in Chicago for many years. The vase is in perfect condition. It is not signed. The inside is segmented into five sections to aid in the flower arranging. This pictures do not do this beautiful vase full justice. I will refund on the shipping if the actual shipping price is less then quoted.
This early oriental ceramic wine jar is decorated with a fabulous freely painted dragon in under glaze blue. It is very large being 12 and 1/2 inches high and about 10 inches wide. There are some old small chips on the edge of spout and on the rings where the rope or cord was attached originally. There is a larger chip to the base as you can see in the one picture. There are no cracks and all four "ear loops" are present. The jar was definitely well used for a long time which to m ...click for details
The eight buttons down the front of the jacket say Scottish Horse South Africa 1900 and then 1900, 1901 and 1902. The two buttons on the back say The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. Complete with Captains epaulettes and sleeve insignia (sewn onto the bottom of each sleeve. This very rare jacket is made of wool and lined with other materials. Some damage and repairs but in over all good condition for its age. The photographs give a good indication of the overall condition. Sleeve length from ...click for details
This effigy bowl is 21 and 1/2 inches long by just under 16 inches wide and 3 1/4 inches deep. There is a well worn depression in the middle inside of the bowl from usage. It is completely untouched and as found. It smells strongly as if it has been in an old barn. It is completely intact though as you can see in the pictures it has some cracks and damage from wood worm. It is very light for its size weighing 5 lbs and 13 oz. This was purchased from a Grand Rapids Antique store and is likely fr ...click for details
This spectacular Shudei-type Meiji period (late 19th century) umbrella stand needs to be seen in order to be fully appreciated. Reticulated Tokoname ware is very uncommon. This along with the gilding and elaborate detailing make this an exceptional example of this Japanese art form. Yet another uncommon feature is the very elaborate impressed seal which appears to be the artists signature. The stand is just under 24 inches tall. There are several small chips to the base and even smaller ones t ...click for details
This is a very rare First Edition copy of Louisa May Alcott's The rose family. This was printed in 1864. As stated on the Antiquarian Booksellers web page first editions where issued in printed wrappers, salmon-coated on white and pink coated on white. The covers and all the pages are present but the book is only in poor to good condition. There are 47 pages A very good to fine condition copy would be over $2000 if you could find one. This copy came from the Estate of Chase Gilmore who w ...click for details