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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1960 item #1244069
A rather cute and appealing carving of a small bird in the form of a small container. The Chinese created wonderful carvings of different figures, motifs, and animals from various natural materials. Such curiosities were often decorated in the small curio cabinets often seen in traditional Chinese interior settings.

Age: 20th century Size: Length 2.75" Width 1.25" Height 2.6"

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1243655
Famille Noir Porcelain Vase, decorated with motifs of military generals

Qing Dynasty

Size: Diameter 7.75" Height 18"

Bottom: Ming Chenghua Mark

The black base glaze was developed during the Qing dynasty when porcelain became a medium to express objects of different periods and materials. The courts of Emperor Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong were fervent in producing porcelains emulating Song ceramics, jade, ornate cloisonné, etc...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1980 item #1243652
Chinese Landscape Painting

Yang Chujun (1936~)

Size: Length 60" Width 47.5"

Yang Chujun is one of the few artists who utilize the traditional elements of Chinese landscape paintings and add modern techniques and elements. His works received wide praise outside of China and has been influential in the art world in Shanghai.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1243563
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Painting of Arhats (J: Rakkan C: Luohan)

Mano Gyotei (1874-1934)

Size: 75" wide and 73" tall

The fierce, humanistic, and zen-like qualities can be seen in these paintings of different arhats. Each arhat representing their understanding of enlightenment engages the viewer in a silent conversation with each arhat. Usually a set of 18 arhats are painted but here we have 6 panels of depicting 8 of the 18 arhats...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1242959

Akamatsu Unrei (1892-1958)

Painted in 1915

Size: Length 78" Width 28"

Akamatsu Unrei is known for his traditional literati landscape paintings and other Nihonga subject matter. Not the eccentric subjects. The painting dates to the winter of 1915 around the time when Unrei was undergoing his training as a painter...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1970 item #1242946
A wonderful Japanese ceramic tea container known as a tsurutsuki chaire. The container comes with a Kuwa wood lid. The lid is two pieces and works in a similar manner as an oimatsu tea container. The creative designs by the artists who create these tea containers provide a rich variety of objects to select and use in the tea room. The container comes with a box with an inscription by a tea master named Soukei.

Age: Late Showa Period Size: Diameter 3.9" Height 3.5"

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1242941
Antique Paulownia Hibachi with Vines Set near a Fence Makie

Taisho Period

Size: Diameter 14" Height 9"

Often the motif of a bamboo fence with flora originate with the noted Song Dynasty poet, Tao Yuanming. His version was the fence with chrysanthemums. In Japan, this motif expanded with other flowers and plants with various literary allusions...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1242731
Painting of Rabbits Based on Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Kojun


Late Showa Period (1960-1970)

Size: Height 44.5" Width 17"

The original painting made by Empress Kojun in the 1960s was made to support the Japanese Red Cross and for a fundraiser at the time. Later, the image became popular and subsequent copies and renditions were made. This one example interprets the painting in the artist's eye and evoke the sense of cuteness in the rabbits shown along with themes of Rinpa.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1242730
Shunga Handscroll

Artist Unknown

Late Edo-Meiji

Size: Length 180"-190" Width 13.5"

Originally Shunga paintings were meant as teaching tools to the children of the ruling warrior and nobility class in continuing the blood lineage of the family. As Japan stabilized its society during the Edo period shunga took off onto a new genre of art. The expressions and creativity of the artist. Also recently the British Museum held an exhibition exploring this genre.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #1242727
Embroidery of Lobster and Clams

Artist Unknown

Taisho Period (1912-1926)

Size: Length 30.75" Height 52.8"

Necessary Conservation work has been done on the scroll recently.

Images of seafood would evoke the Roman mosaics that survive in Pompeii but the Japanese too enjoyed art depicting the bounties of the land and sea. Lobsters were a symbol of abundance and wealth which were also used as decorations during the New Year...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1242634
Fan Painting of Rabbit Dolls


20th century

Size: Approx. Length 52" Width 28"

Motifs of Rabbits are popular in Japanese art where rabbits not only are related with the zodiac but also are an auspicious symbol of abundance and "jumping" onto the next level. The scroll is a fan painting of two rabbit dolls set on a bamboo base...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1242169
Bas-Relief Rubbing of the Facade of Churning the Sea of Milk


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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1242168
Chinese Jadeite Lotus Motif Haripin

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1242165
Kannon on the Rocks (White Robe Kannon) Odake Kokkan (1880-1945)

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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1910 item #1242044
Chinese Silver (Metal) Snuff Bottle

Qing-Republic Period

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1910 item #1242040
Chinese Bull Herder Boy On Bull

Qing-Republic Period

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.

All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1241960
Chinese Large Yixing Teapot

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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1241945
Chinese Embroidery of Bird and Auspicious Motifs

19th-20th century

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.