Size: Height 185.5cm Width 44cm
Sumi ink paintings of monkeys somewhat appear in the late 15th to the 16th centuries with the popularity of Song style monochrome works of art. Sesson is one artist who did a famous work of monkeys trying to capture a crab. The swift brush strokes and lines provide the energy of the monkeys. Similarly with this work, we have a group of monkeys dangling from each other and appears to be grasping at something...
Late 20th century
Diameter 4.25" Height 8.5"
A multi faceted Oribe vase crafted by an artist named Eiji. It is not known who the artist is, but assumedly a living artist today working with the art of making Oribe ceramics. Unlike many of the ceramics, Oribe is one of the few difficult wares to make. The control of the heat is needed to produce the green often associated with Oribe wares.
Edo Period or Later (18-19th century)
Size: Diameter: 5.5" (14cm) height 4.25"( 10.8 cm)
An interesting Seto ware object known as a katakuchi. Some translate katakuchi as a lipped bowl or cup where sake or food is served. Most were originally served sake and as the mingei, or Japan's arts and craft movement, spurred the use of these bowls.
The interesting thing about this katakuchi is the rough carved form on the body and the mouth...
Length 19cm Height 10cm (Approx.)
Yixing tea pots were popular during the height of the Ming dynasty as the scholar tradition and aesthetic spread everywhere across China. Manuals and materials were flowing throughout the empire and some speculate it may had the influence of the materials in relation to the rank one was in the Ming hierarchy. Later, as tea culture continued to spread, more and more works done in the yixing clay...
Size: Diameter 28.5cm
Possibly based on a painting that is part of the collection of the Forbidden City, the work contains marks referring to Emperor Qianlong's study, the Sanxitang. Below the plate contains a Qianlong reign mark in the design often seen but the plate itself does not date to that period but centuries after when works from this era were revived.
Late Ming to Qing Dynasties
Size: Diameter 17.2 cm Height 6 cm
This bowl, though done in a pale celadon glaze contains a motif of geese and reeds. This motif not only has a seasonal representation, but infers to literati culture especially with the noted calligraphy sage, Wang Xizhi. The design is often associated or compared to with wares from the Yuan Dynasty and later periods...
Qing Dynasty or Later
Box: 12.5cm x 7cm x 4cm Large seals: 2.8 cm x 2.2 cm x 2.2 cm Smaller seal: 7.2 cm x 1 cm x 2.2 cm
The set of seals carved with the usual dragon or mythical beast figures. The seals contain an inscription that they were made for a noted calligrapher by the name of Zhang Boying (1871-1949). Zhang was an important figure of 20th century Chinese painting and was thought to have been the master for Qi Baishi...
Qing to Republic Period or later
Size: Diameter 13.8cm Height 6.7cm
The technique of using cobalt blue along with red began with the development of the blue and white technology during the Ming dynasty...
Size: Diameter 13 cm Height 20.5 cm
This odd and interesting censer retains two different expressions. The top or the main body of the censer is done in the traditional style often seen with ceramic and bronze censers dating from the Yuan Dynasty and onwards. The feet, a modern expression is using the heads and trunk of the elephant, which is never seen in traditional Chinese censers...
Qing Dynasty or Later
Size: Length 12 Width 12 Height 2.3 cm
An interesting square dish done in black Chinese lacquer and mother of pearl depicting a literati landscape. A signature can be seen on the bottom of the dish.
Size: 29cm Long 5cm Wide
This incense stick container is using a type of bamboo where humans have used science to create the interesting turtle shell pattern on the bamboo. Lacquer or colored pigment is used to alternate the colors of the bamboo and bone is used to create the end piece to hold the sticks of incense together. An interesting tool for scholars and people who enjoy tea.
Signed on the bottom with the name Yigong
Size: Diameter 10cm Height 5.5cm
Yixing, the famous clay made into the distinct tea pots that Chinese tea connoisseurs have enjoyed for nearly half a millennia. This tea pot is done in the standard style seen in Yixing tea pots.
Condition: The piece has no chips, cracks, or other damages.
Size: Length 6.5" Width 3.25" Height 4" (with stand 5.8")
This comical dog figure is fine crafted especially the detail seen in the fur, the whiskers, and other aspects are exceptional. No seal or signature is found on the piece. A fitted stand comes with the figure.
Size:Length 1.25" Width 0.5" Height 1.15"
Tianhung, the Chinese soapstone that literati scholars have loved for centuries. This small piece is close to the tianhuang stone, but it is not tianhuang. The carving is done in the form of a landscape. The natural formations are supposed to be the mountain seen in a landscape and surrounding it are trees and clouds carved into the surface, as if they were growing on the rock.
Size: Diameter 17cm Height 19.5cm
A simply crafted Japanese iron kettle. Unlike the traditional arare or the spiked like design often seen on tetsubin, this work has a fine striped motif on the body as if the work looks like coil work from clay. No seal or mark is found on this work.
Circa 1968 (Year of the Metal Monkey)
Size: Scroll: Length 144cm Width 81.5cm Painting: Length 109cm Width 63.5cm
Unlike most traditional Chinese landscapes, this work is exceptional. The details seen in the figures and the buildings could rival the noted masterpieces found in the Palace Museums of Beijing and Taipei. Interestingly, the work is signed that the painting was done in Taiwan...
Size: Scroll: Length 193cm Width 49cm Painting: Length 102cm Width 32.5cm
The simple portrait of a courtesan, dressed in a kimono with a vine pattern on the bottom area. Vine patterns became popular with lacquer and kimono designs since the 16th century and often artist used the motif contrasting it with bold colors and designs...
Size:Length 60cm Width 39cm Height 32cm
Burl wood, an interesting wood where most tends to be the roots of trees or gnarled wood from old growth forests. Modernism in the 20th century took up these interesting natural formations and created interesting furniture and objects. This basket is one example from the result of the modernist's aesthetic.
The basket comes from the estate of a Menlo Park home.