Size: Diameter 13cm Height 6.1cm
A conical shaped ceramic bowl glazed with a grey-brown color, often seen in Karatsu wares. The Japanese gave Karatsu a special status due to the cultural developments since the mid 17th century where connoisseurs valued raku then Hagi and Karatsu as the top three wares for tea along with the imported Chinese and Korean wares.
Size: Diameter 21.5cm Height 16.5cm
From a California Collection.
An interesting yixing tea pot decorated with scenes from a Chinese Beijing Opera Play. It might be in reference to a scene. The bottom of the pot is sealed with the studio or artist name.
Size: Diameter 16.5cm Height 3cm
From a California Collection
A rather interesting pair of Chinese export ware porcelain decorated with floral patterns. There are a few hairline cracks on the bottom of the plate (note detail photos).
Republic Period or latter.
Size: Diameter 9.7cm Height 4.2cm
An interesting handled cup made from yixing clay. The exterior of the cup contains motif of plum blossoms crafted in a style as if the turned branch is growing from the cup itself. The inner section of the cup is glazed with a white color slip. No signature or seal is found.
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" 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.
Mid to Late Qing Dynasty
Size: Length 8cm Height 11.5cm
An interesting colored yixing wine warmer. The body of the wine warmer is decorated with poetic inscriptions and a landscape scenery. Similar examples from the Qing dynasty are found in the museum at Yixing in China. Piece comes from a noted California collection of Yixing
Size:Length 2.8 cm Width 2.6cm Height 10cm
Period: Early 20th century
Small brass and metalic pagodas were and are still a common sight in the Himalayan region. These small stupas were used as offerings to deities in the Buddhist tradition.
Length 7cm Width 0.5 cm
An interesting Jade pendant of a dragon head mounted with gold. The combination of traditional designs with a somewhat modern mount makes an interesting conversation of art and its history.
Size: Length 161cm Width 41cm
Rabbits retain both an auspicious and religious symbolism within Japanese culture. In Shinto mythology the rabbit is considered to be the messenger of Okuni no Nushi and also helped him in one of his journeys. (Inaba no Shiro usagi)
Size: To Come
An interesting and rare pair of Chinese foo dogs done in Quartz crystal. The expression of the dogs are interesting and evoke older versions of these types of carvings. The pair comes with a storage case and stand. The bottom is museum clay to keep the carvings stable.
Size: Diameter 21.5cm Height 11.5 cm
The lapis blue monochrome glazes became popular during the height of the Qing empire. Jesuit missionaries brought with them not only artistic and engineering talent, but technologies that would change the canvas of porcelain forever. Monochrome colors such as yellow, rose red, blue, etc. became the fashion in porcelain production and various examples can be found...
Size: Length 2.2 cm Width 1 cm Height 3 cm
An interesting Jade pendant of a small face the top left and right are the hair knotted into a bun like shape. The face might be a child and the stylized face reminds on of older designs.
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...