Ming Period or Later
Size: Length 1" Width 1" Height 0.25"
Chinese hard stone carvings have been used in different ways in Chinese culture. From tomb burials to personal accessories, these hard stone carvings reflect the religious and social aspects throughout the dynasties.
Length 55" Height 25.25"
Angkor Wat has been considered as the wonders of Asia in its art and architecture. The temple was built to represent the Hindu cosmos and different panels were created depicting the stories in Hinduism.
Qing Period or Later
Size: Length 10.5" Width 0.25"
Hair accessories have been an important element in the history of Chinese hair fashion. Often paintings depicting women using different hair pins and combs to decorate their hair. Men during the Ming dynasty also used hair pins, though not as elaborate as the women, different materials and designs are seen.
Size: Length 82.5" Width 20.25"
Comes with tomobako. From a San Francisco Estate of a noted individual who helped transmit zen to the West.
Odake Kokkan was educated in the time when Japan was evolving its painting tradition...
Size: Length 5" Width 0.25" Height 1.5"
A rather unusual Chinese silver or metal snuff bottle. The bottles are arranged like a screen where each bottle contains an image of a flowering flora and a name or word associated with the contents inside. It is not known what the contents were but one could assume possibly some kind of Chinese medicinal or herbal blend that would invoke the name of that specific powder.
Size: Length 2" Width 1.5" Height 1"
The Bull has a chipped off section.
The bull is one popular motif in Chinese literati culture. The animal often represents the rural and simple life that literati scholars often yearn for.
Size: Length 1.75" Width 0.7" Height 1.25"
The motif of a boy bull herder riding an ox originates from the famous zen parable of a boy trying to tame a bull. The ten images of the entire journey represents the journey of enlightenment where the bull is the mind and the boy the practitioner. This motif also became popular within the literati tradition as well.
Fujiwara Gyokuun (active 1950s)
Size: Length 1.5" Width 0.5" Height 1.75"
Chickenblood stone has been cherished by literati connoisseurs throughout East Asia. During the later part of the 19th onwards the 20th century Japanese scholars and intellectuals were educated in Chinese classics and with the flood of Chinese artworks coming into Japan many Japanese took on hobbies the Chinese scholars preferred...
Wu Wenmai (active 1980-Modern)
Size: Diameter 8.5"(including spout) Width 5.5" Height 5"
Yixing tea pots were developed during the Ming dynasty when loose leaf tea consumption spread throughout China. As a result, various pots using a the simple terra cotta style along with the elaborate sculpturing echoes the preferences of the literati scholar. Different pots represent the philosophy or seasons and were chosen by the collector's tastes...
Artist: Gengfan huafang
Contemporary (post 1980s)
Size: Length 7" Width 4" Height 4.5"
Baiya or Boya is famous in the history of Guqin where a legend exist where Boya cuts the string of the guqin after playing a song in lament of the death of his friend. He was famous in composing the song, gaoshan liushui.
Tea and Guqin have been inseparable where the two represented the soul of literati culture in the Chinese tradition...
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...