Size:Length 12.75" Width 12.7"
Ex-collection from a San Francisco Estate.
The silk embroidery appears to be done on a black velvet silk base, but upon careful examination, the silk is more of a rich dark purple that, when the fabric was made becomes a rich evening black color.
Late 20th century
Size: Diameter 3.45" Height (Thickness): 0.5"
Bracelet was made for Gump's of San Francisco during the 1950-1960 Period. San Francisco Estate Collection.
Jade and Jadeite bracelets became popular in the West during the post-war period. This trend was thought to be influenced from the echoes seen since the 18th century with the fascination of China or chinoiserie...
Qing Dynasty (19th century)
Size: Length 11.3" Height 11"
Mandarin Squares began to appear in the Ming Dynasty and were used by two groups: the military officials and scholars. The tradition continued into the Qing Dynasty and the Koreans adopted the fashion in their imperial court.
The Mandarin square shown depicts a crane set amidst roaring waves and auspicious motifs...
Ming Dynasty or Later
Size: Length 2.25" Width 1.2" Height 0.15"
From the Collection of a San Francisco Estate
Often, in Chinese swords decorations of hard stones and gem stones were decorated on the sheath. These swords were not used for battle but meant for Daoist rituals and other ceremonial uses.
Size: Diameter 3.25" Height (Thickness) 0.3"
From The Collection of a San Francisco Estate
Jade Bangles became popular in China as jewelry during the Ming or Qing Periods. Circular Jade carvings were often seen in burial and objects reflecting the status of the individual. Later, this archaic notion evolved into enhancing the beauty of a lady through using such accessories...
Ming Dynasty or later
Size: Diameter 1.75" Height 0.25"
From a San Francisco Estate Collection
Bi Discs began to appear in Chinese art history during the early periods such as the Shang, Zhou, and Autumn and Spring periods. Discs represented the connection between this world and the after world. The production of circular discs with inner holes cut out continued to be used in Chinese funerary motifs in the form of paper.
End of Qing to Republic Period
Size: Length 1.28" Width 0.4" Height 2"
Ex-collection of Snuff Bottles from a San Francisco Estate.
The agate has some aspects where one can see the interior just like glass. The scoop used in the snuff bottle appears to be made of Chinese silver with hall marks denoting the maker named Guilong.
Republic Period (Mingguo Era 1912-1930)
Size: Diameter 7.75" Height 3"
Chinese Porcelains is one object that has been coveted, exported, translated, and developed over the span of a millennia. This bowl depicts a pair of phoenixes among peonies and rocks, a popular motif seen in Imperial porcelains...
Republic Period (1912-1930)
Size: Diameter: 7.4" Height 1.3"
Fencai techniques were developed during the early part of the Qing period. It began with the Wucai porcelains often seen during preceding Ming Dynasty. By the Kangxi era, different works using multiple colors began to appear and were thought to be influences from the West through glass making techniques.
The plate depicts a phoenix set among peonies and scholar rocks...
Size" Length 4.6" Width 2.75" Height 3"
The yixing tea pot shown contains an interesting inscription that the tea pot was presented by the Wuyang Taihu Restaurant. Possibly the pot was given to customers who supported the restaurant in many ways and these pots were made. The work contains a seal reading Chiao Jinghuei, possibly the maker of the pot.
Late Qing-Republic Period
Size: Length 2.25" Width 0.75" Height 0.8"
Carvings of beauties are often seen during the Qing dynasties and onwards. The expression of beauty seen in women is a classic tradition starting with Yang Guei Fei in the Tang dynasty. The soapstone carving is finely carved in a manner where the beauty is sleeping wrapped with a blanket around
Edo or Meiji Period
Size: Diameter 13" Height 12.5"
The style of the stark contrast of dark blue to navy with a white over glaze like pattern is often seen in Chosen Karatsu or Tako Karatsu. However, the detail work on the chrysanthemum is rather often seen in Seto ware.