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.
Late 19th century
Size: Length 35cm Width 25 cm Height 8cm (Approx)
This ink stone box is extremely interesting and rare. The motif is raised to bring forth an effect as if an inro was placed inside the lacquer surface. The top contains an inro with an elephant set on the surface of the inro. The backside contains a book with an okame or a lady who brings forth fortune. The interior is done in nashiji lacquer in a cloud like format...
Late Edo Period
Diameter 17 cm Height 6 cm (approx).
This interesting lacquer box decorated with crest-like designs is done on a background of pear-skin gold lacquer. The interior is decorated with slight pear-skin lacquer with nandinia plants on the lid. It is not known what the box was used, one assumption was it may have contained a circular mirror.
Late Edo- Meiji Period
General Size: Length 450 cm Height 166 cm
This pair of folding screens contain small shikishi-like panels depicting the 36 sagely poets along with the selected poems each individual poet composed. Poetry has been, in some ways, central to the heart of Japanese culture. Though poetry individuals expressed their awe of the seasons, landscapes, and their romances...
Length (approx) 25 cm Width 5.5 cm Height 6cm
This writing box, unlike most writing box is made in a compact form. The box was thought to have been made for a princess or a lady who may have used this to create poetry or other forms of literature. The box is double stacked where the top tier a roll of paper can be placed and inside a brush is found. The bottom tier is for the inkstick and ink stone...
Republic Period or later
Size: Length 4.2cm Width 2.2cm
This dragon pendant motif is thought to have originated from a traditional accessory used in the Qing court. Jade and other semi precious stones are used on the hats, robes, and accessories to represent which rank the scholar official or military general each belongs to. This may have been one in its past reused in the form of a pendant...
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...
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...
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.