In the form of two entwined dragons, described by the Ming connoisseur Wen Chen-heng in "Ch'ang-wu chi" as " twin ch'ih dragons wrestling with each other". China, Ming Dynasty, 14th-17th century Height: 5.4 cm, length: 17.4 cm Compare: The Second Bronze Age, Later Chinese Metalwork, no. 29 Arts from the Scholar's Studio no. 156
The mythical animal with its scaly body, flowing manes and swirling flames is depicted in an almost seated position with his head turned up to the left, the tail lifted upwards and with a heart-shaped motif on his back to hide the opening for the water. China, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th century. Height: 11 cm For a similar water dropper see the one in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Fine cast and chased in the form of a standing lady, holding a ruyi-head in the right hand, the left hand hidden in the folds of the long sleeve, her hair dressed into a high chignon, her robe with a swirling scarf ending at her feet. China, Ming Dynasty or earlier, 13th-15th century Height without stand: 15 cm. Ex-Collection: H.R.H. Joseph Clemens Prince of Bavaria (1902-1990) For a similar piece see: Sotheby's New York, Dec.6, 1983, lot 65
The standing figure of Cao Guojiu is holding his castanets while in front of him is kneeling Zhang Guolao holding his bamboo drum on his left knee, both wearing civil-servant hats, long robes incised with cloud motifs, the group standing on a rectangular plinth with an engraved cartouche of a peony and scrolls in the front. China, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century Height: 12.2 cm
Of octagonal shape, the lid cast in relief with a phoenix and a dragon, the sides with clouds and Shou characters, the base with five bats. China, Ming Dynasty, 17th century. Diameter: 7 cm
In the shape of Budai reclining and resting on his bag, his laughing face with open mouth looking upwards and with an opening on top of his bag. China, Ming Dynasty, 17th century Length: 6.5 cm
Of oval shape with an open-worked lid with floral motifs. China, Ming Dynasty, 17th century Length: 11 cm
In the form of a beehive cast with a dragon around it, the upper section with knobs, two rosettes on opposite sides and a six-character mark of Xuande between head and tail of the dragon. China, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th century Height: 9.3 cm
BRONZE SILVER INLAID SMALL VASE Of ovoid shape with tall neck and flared mouth the vase has a meander band underneath the mouth rim and on the shoulders, the body inlaid in silver wire with bamboo and rocks and an eight character poem reading: Qiu zhu ping an, yan nian yi shou 秋竹平安 延年益壽 ( Trans: Autumn bamboo, safe and sound, promise longevity). The underside with two character mark Shi sou. China, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th century...
Used as a brush washer the body of this vessel is decorated with a band of archaistic animal motifs, the handle with a dragon head biting in the rim, the four legs with zoomorphic features. China, Ming Dynasty, 17th century. Height: 8 cm. Length: 14,5 cm. For a similar piece see: "Scholars Desk Materials from the Libraries of the Daimyo Treasures from the Tokugawa Art Museum No.4, plate 194.
The body on one side decorated with deer and bamboo, the other side with birds, bat and pine, each leg with a bat and cloud motif and with two elephant-headed ring-handles. The base with a two character Shi sou mark. The wooden lid of later date. China, 17th century. Height: 10 cm. Weight: 852 gr.
With minimal carving, except for the interior and base, this washer is a natural gnarled form, beautifully patinated due to age and handling. China, late Ming Dynasty, 17th century. Largest diameter:10,5 cm. Height: 5 cm.
Resting with three feet on a fenced bulbous stand with six legs, the open-worked body is cast with a standing Immortal on each panel between panels with flowers, the handles in the shape of squirrels. See last two images for similar item in the British Museum. China, Song to early Ming Dynasty, 12th-14th century. Height: 25,5 cm. For a similar bronze piece see: Jessica Harrison-Hall: Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, 2001, page 418.
In the shape of Shoulao sitting with both hands on his knees, of which the left one is raised, his large head with smiling face and long beard above his bare chest, his loose garment held together with a bow under his belly. China, Qing Dynasty, 18th century. Height: 6,1 cm.
Carved as a square basin with crescent moon-shaped indentations on which is curled a five-clawed dragon forming the rim. China, late Ming period, 17th century. Measurements: 11 cm x 10,5 cm.