Size: Diameter 17cm Height 19.5cm
A simply crafted Japanese iron kettle. Unlike the traditional arare or the spiked like design often seen on tetsubin, this work has a fine striped motif on the body as if the work looks like coil work from clay. No seal or mark is found on this work.
Size: Length 15cm Width 5.5cm Height 6cm
The monkey standing on one of the horse is referring to a popular Chinese phrase: mashang fenhou, or may you gain the title of Marquis. In East Asia, monkeys on horses were a symbol of success and fortune. Often in Japan this motif became popular in paintings and lacquerware among the ruling warrior class.
Size: Length 8cm Width 4cm Height 11.5cm
Note: A light inscription can be seen in English where the piece was given as a gift to one's mother.
Provenance: Noted California Estate
This interesting carving is depicting the Daoist god of longevity riding a horse while holding a branch of peaches. The god appears to ride above the clouds along with his page...
Size: Scroll: Length 193cm Width 49cm Painting: Length 102cm Width 32.5cm
The simple portrait of a courtesan, dressed in a kimono with a vine pattern on the bottom area. Vine patterns became popular with lacquer and kimono designs since the 16th century and often artist used the motif contrasting it with bold colors and designs...
Republic Period or Earlier
Size: Diameter 8.25" Height 7.5"
This unusually thick Chinese hardwood brush pot is done using one thick piece of wood. Typically brush pots have a hole on the bottom to prevent the wood from warping and changing its form due to the changing climate or humidity. This brush pot does not have the hole often seen in hard wood brush pots.
Qing Dynasty-Republic Period
Size: Diameter 3.5" Height 4.8"
From a Carmel, CA Estate
The brush pot is an important tool for the literati desk. The key accessories are known as the brush, ink, paper, and the ink stone. As time progressed, other accessories were included to the table of the scholar.
This brush pot is made from a Jade material with a literati landscape theme carved onto the surface of the pot...
Mid to Late Qing Dynasty
Size: Diameter 10.25" Height 4.2"
Porcelain wares during the mid to late Qing dynasty developed strongly thanks to the technology created by the court of Emperor Qianlong. Latticework to reticulated designs and mechanical-like vases were the newest developments and inspired other artists throughout the empire...
Size: Length 6.5 cm Width 4.3cm Height 10cm
A fine lapis lazuli carving of a small vase decorated with summer flora and two children set near the neck of the vase. Lapis Lazuli is a material prized by the Chinese next to Jade, influenced from the silk route trades where Lapis from Afghanistan was transported to China and the term became associated with Buddhist teachings and the material from painting to sculpture.
Size: Length 7cm Width 4.5cm Height 16cm
This interesting Jade carving is done in the form of an orchid flower favored by the Chinese. Often Jade carvings are done in the form of vegetables, fruits, and other flora. However it is rare to see them in the form of other uncommon flowers.
Size: Length 8.5cm Width 6cm Height 4cm
A pair of Chinese foo dogs are arranged to appear they are set along side each other. The artist has skillfully arranged the figures with the black areas of the jade. Fine detail works can be seen around the face and the hairs of the animal.
Kangxi Reign Mark Found Below. Possibly made during the Daoguang-Guangxu Period
Size: Diameter 6" Height 3.5"
The fluted bowl is interesting where the exterior part of the bowl is decorated with images of dragon boats with men rowing the boat. The interior contains an image of a carp rising from the water, a symbol alluding to a dragon rising above the waters.
Dai Nippon Kozan Seal
Provenance: Pebble Beach, CA Estate
Size: Diameter 7" Height 10.5"
During the Meiji period, Japanese ceramics evolved to meet with the new foreign market centered with the Western powers during the end of the 19th century. Japanese artisans evolved their motifs and designs to meet the increasing demand.
Size: Length 15" Width 4" Height 2.7"
A Chinese hardwood Ruyi scepter crafted in the form of several lingzhi funguses set with intertwined twigs or wooden pieces. Within one lingzhi, a bat is ready to take flight. The ruyi scepters often take in the stylized form of the lingzhi fungus, also used in Chinese medicine...
Size: Diameter 14.5cm Height 5.4cm
A minimalistic formed Chinese Jade cup, in the form of ritual vessels often seen during the Bronze age and later with Jade burial objects. The front of the cup contains a scholar resting underneath the shade of the pine tree, the most ideal state of being for any literati scholar. The back contains a seven character couplet verse, which in general reads:
Republic Period or Earlier
Size: Length 16cm Width 6cm Height 8.5cm
White jade, now a popular style of Jade is crafted into the form of a Buddha hand citron, an auspicious motif and fruit in Chinese culture. Surrounding the citron are small gourd like forms with two birds perched on the branches. The pot is entirely carved out so that liquid can be poured out from its spout.
Contains a Signature of Shangjun
Size: Length 2.2 cm Width 2.2cm Height 4cm
The mythical beast on this small seal is rather interesting. At first glance, the beast looks like the usual foo dog. However, when examining the back, the beast has a turtle-like shell or a cape like wing. The beast might be a mythical beast with hybrid elements a stylized bat. Huan Quan (Shen?) Junben appears to be the reading for the seal...
Signed Li Tuo
Size: Length 4cm Width 1.5cm Height 9cm
Work contains a Qianlong Year Inscription.
The oval seal has three characters carved on its bottom. The seal is in reference to a type of plant, which is often alluded to poetry, literature, and other literati themes.
Size: Length 4.3cm Width 1.4cm Height 6.4
A horned beast sits atop this oblong seal made from a Chinese hard stone. The bottom of the seal is carved with the name of a studio, Yangyunlou or the studio of cultivating clouds. The seal may have been a collector's seal in it's past.