An exquisite and rare ruyi scepter of lacquered wood with inlaid designs of mother-of-pearl. Poetic inscription on the the head of the ruyi and long inscription in ancient seal characters on the back. 18th cent. Probably made in Okinawa . L. 37,5 cm. Condition: minor wear to lacquer due to age and handling.
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A set of five ink sticks with writing in gold and impressed figures of literati in landscapes and poetic inscriptions. In a nice, original box of wood and black lacquer with gold decoration and entitled: ĎWulao tu mo (Ink with Images of the Five Old Ones).í Fitted spaces for the ink inside and covered with two types of coarse silk. Qing, 19th cent. Largest piece: L 10 cm, H 5.5 cm. Condition: Box with wear and reparation. The ink sticks are all brittle (fractures easily), all with drying cracks. ...click for details
A unique object for the scholarís table made of hardwood root, partly sculptured in the shape of two peaches attached to a branch with two leaves. The peach have a strong symbolic meaning in Chinese culture, it is a symbol of longevity and immortality; it is said that the peach tree grows in the orchard of Xiwangmu, The Queen Mother of the West. Peaches are common to Chinese art. Size: roughly 20 x 18 x 15 cm. Qing, 19th cent. Condition: great!
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Large bamboo brushpot (bitong) carved in high relief with scholars in a mountain landscape with pavilion, pine and willow trees, rocks and a bat ( Chinese: bianfu) a very auspicious creature in Chinese culture symbolizing happiness and good fortune. Qing, most probably mid 19th cent. H. 15,5 cm. Diam. 13 cm. Condition: very good, just two minor chips and fine cracks.
A small but highly attractive miniature mountain-shape stone (shanzi )for the scholarís table with minor modifications. Fitted base of dark wood. Late Qing to early Republican Period (early 20th cent.). H 8.5 cm, L 22 cm (w. base). Condition: Excellent.
Small brushpot (bitong) of partly carved boxwood to emulate tree trunk with natural hols. Deep brown with lacquered surface. Inserted in fitted base on four, short legs. Qing, mid-18th cent. H 8.5 cm. Condition: Excellent.