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.
Republic Period or Later
Size: Length 7cm Width 4cm Height 4cm
An interesting and detailed carving of a group of Lychee and a group of Lingzhi fungus bunched like leaves from the Lychee tree. One could stare at the detail and care given to the carving 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 5.2 Width 3.5 Height 1.3 cm
An interesting and well arranged carving of a lingzhi fungus. The form is often carved or arranged in the form of a scepter and in Chinese medicine, the fungus is thought to have potent medical effects.
Late 20th century
Size: Length 7 cm Width 0.3cm Height 11cm
This white jade floral plaque is decorated with chrysanthemums set admist a scholar rock. The plaque is perfect for a fine Chinese hardwood stand and be used on the scholar's desk.
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: Length 7.7 Width 1.5 Height 2 cm
Belt hooks began to appear during the Song-Yuan periods where the silk woven belt was attached with a hard stone hook like form that was attached. These hooks were often associated with the social anf governmental ranking the individual belonged to.
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.
Size: Length 6.5 cm Width 3.3 cm Height 1.5 cm
Cicadas are a popular insect for carving from Jade. The earliest examples are from the Han dynasty found in tomb excavations. The notion of rebirth through removing its skin may have evoked thoughts of rebirth into the next world. The carving of the insect is detailed and refined and care is given to express the cicada are real as possible.
Late 20th century
Size: Length 10cm Width 2.5cm Height 5 cm
The refine details and care given in this carving is absolutely without words, the finest. As if the horse would walk on its own the realism seen in this work is unparalleled. The work is done by an artist based in Shanghai who uses various hardstone materials and produces fine works of art. The foot area has a hairline crack or repair.
Size: Length 3" Width 1.25" Height 1.75"
Jade a prized material by the Chinese, has been the material to create various objects from items for the scholar's desk to jewelry. This Jade beast is a hybrid of a bird and a lion or wolf like beast. The beast has its head turned backwards holding a object. The Jade has colors of rich greens and browns.
Late 20th century
Size: Diameter 7.62 cm Height 5.1cm
Tianmu or Tenmoku is the famous form of tea bowls that were produced in China since the Sung period. The Japanese were caught by the way the ceramic expressed the rich array of colors and sheens that the bowls were prized possessions of the ruling warrior class.
This small cup was produced in Japan in honor of this tradition. The cup can be used to consume sake or Chinese teas.
Size: Diameter 5.5 cm Height 9.5cm (approx)
This interesting snuff bottle is decorated with the 18 luohans or arhats. A popular motif since the Qing dynasty, Emperor Qianlong took efforts to edit the organization of the Luohans through the consultations of his Tibetan guru.
The snuff bottle contains a Qianlong period mark but the piece must have been made during the Republic Period.
Size: Diameter 5.8cm Height 11.5 cm
This small porcelain vase contains decoration of plum blossoms. A poetic inscription expresses the sight at night with the moon shining and the shadows evoke the sights and smells from the ink. The vase contains a Yongzheng era mark, but the piece is more from the early to mid 20th century.
Sold; Beijing, China
Size: Length 6 cm Width 2.5 cm Height 2.8 cm
The horse is an important motif in East and Central Asia. The horse is not only the means of transport of goods and people around the continent, but because of this utilitarian aspect, auspicious motifs were created through carving and paintings. One is a horse on a cloud transporting the dharma or the philosophical texts to the four directions as often seen in Tibetan prayer flags.
Size: Length 11.5cm Width 3.5cm Height 2cm
Dragon belt hooks first began to appear around the Song-Yuan dynasties. The belt is looped with a long braided silk cord where the cord belted the robe. Surviving examples can be seen with a museum in the Inner Mongolia region. In latter dynasties, the romanticist for the past put these hooks as novelty for the scholar collector and many examples were produced.
Length 5.4 cm Width 3.81cm Height 3.81 cm
The sheep is in reference to a Chinese legend known as San yang Kai tai, where the sheep in Chinese is similar to fortune or positive things. For centuries this motif has been depicted in paintings, lacquer, and carvings throughout East Asia. The lingzhi fungus adds more to the auspiciousness of the motif.