Size: Length 29.5cm Width 6.5cm
Ruyi scepters often are found on the scholars desk. Not only does the symbol of the fungus is inspired by the medicinal properties and symbolism embodied by Daoism, the natural formation evokes the simple nature often preferred by the literati scholar.
Length and Width:2.8cm Height 8cm
The bottom of the seal has no carving.
An interesting seal with a landscape view carved around the faces of the seal.
Republic Period or Later
Size:Diameter 11cm Height 10.5cm
An interesting brush bot carved in the form of an old growth pine tree. The evergreen is growing near the root of the tree and a few cranes gather around it. These motifs are essential in Daoist or Chinese thought and in turn became the preferred motif of the scholar.
Size: Diameter 14cm Height 24cm
A rather unusual vase formed from yixing-like clay decorated with motif of various dragons familiar and archaic. The vase appears to have a dark brown slip or coating when it was fired, by examining the chipped areas reveal a lighter colored clay body.
Rondelle Beads: 13x 7.5mm
Turquoise became an important semiprecious stone in Mongolia and the nomadic regions of Asia. Often Tibetan accessories and religious decorations contain turquoise. Later, the Qing court used turquoise in the court necklaces and a few surviving examples are found.
Attributed to Tsao Wanfen
Size:Diameter 15cm Height 10cm
The monk's hat tea is inspired by the hats that Buddhist monks and a few Daoist priests wear during certain rituals. The design was used in the tea pot somewhere around the mid Qing dynasty and often hexagonal and octagonal forms are seen. This work contains the seal of the artist, Cao Wanfen.
Size: Diameter 13.7cm Height 12.8cm
A hexagonal yixing tea leaf container engraved with the calligraphy of different styles. On the bottom is a seal of the maker, Zhongguo Yixing.
Size: Length 17.3cm Width 9.5cm
Wrist rests were used as paper weights and also to let wrist rest for smaller calligraphies and writing. Scholars often used a wide range of accessories made from bamboo which evoke the heart and soul of the literati studio.
Size: Diameter 7.5cm Height 5cm
It could be assumed that the small pot might have been used for a small water pot placed in a bird cage. The Chinese loved their singing birds so much that small accessories using porcelain and other fine materials were used to give their birds a special presence in their studio or home.
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.
Republic Period or Latter
Size: 22 cm x 13cm x 6.5 cm
Emperor Qianlong was noted for his large jade boulder with buildings, scholars, and other figures carved around it. Latter, officials and scholars took the preferences of the imperial court and created such works. This rock has several pine trees and a building hidden behind the pine groves.
Yong Yin (20th century)
Size: Width 68cm Height 210cm
An interesting and vivid watercolor painting of wisterias with a small praying mantis on the bottom. The work is done by an artist named Yong Yin, but nothing is known who the painter might be. 20th century saw an influx of artists of varying degree and identifying them all is a severe job to handle.
Original Done by Wang Fu (1362-1416)
Studio Copy done in the 20th century
Size:Width 68cm Height 178cm
Wang Fu is famous for his bamboo paintings and was influenced by Wang Men and Nizhan. Generations of connoisseurs at the imperial court treasured his works and many contain the collector's seals as this example is trying to replicate.
Size: Diameter 17cm Height 8.5cm
Many of the monochrome glazes were becoming popular during the 18th century around the time of Emperor Qianlong. The Jesuits brought new chemicals and enamels that helped to bring a rich variety for ceramics and porcelain arts.
This censer is made in the style or earlier Ming bronze censers and archaic Shang- Yin bronzes. A mark is found on the bottom of the piece.
Mid 20th century
Size: Length 4 cm Width 1.5 cm Height 6 cm
The white and brown elements of this Jade pendant contrast with the way the design is done with the piece. Archaic motifs are used with the body of the pendant along with the chicken that rests on the top of the pendant.
Size: Length 8.7 Width 1.4 Height 1.7 cm
Dragon belt hooks were part of the fashion from the late Song to Yuan periods. Later dynasties and centuries were inspired and romanticized with the Jade art that were created from previous centuries, hence creating a rich culture echoing China's artistic past.
Size: Diameter 6.3cm Height 5.6cm
A fine porcelain cup decorated with the various sages from the Daoist pantheon. The cup contains a mark on the bottom. Often cups of this size were made in sets of five or more and the culture of tea spread throughout East Asia during the 18th to the early 20th century...
Size: Diameter 6.5 cm Height 3 cm
Unlike most traditional Japanese lacquer wares, this one has a sense of realism. The landscape and the pine grove appear as if they were done with photographs or foggy black and white images, but they are all done by hand. The skill and technique is amazing and one cannot help but to stare at the details done in this work.