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.
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...
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...
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 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 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.
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...
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...
Qing Dynasty (19th century)
Size: Length 11.3" Height 11"
Mandarin Squares began to appear in the Ming Dynasty and were used by two groups: the military officials and scholars. The tradition continued into the Qing Dynasty and the Koreans adopted the fashion in their imperial court.
The Mandarin square shown depicts a crane set amidst roaring waves and auspicious motifs...
Size: Length 1.3" Width 0.8" Height 1.45"
From the collection of a San Francisco Estate
Budai is widely known in East Asia as the deity for happiness and prosperity. However, not many are aware of the origins or the actual understanding of Budai in the context of East Asian culture...
Size: Diameter 3.25" Height (Thickness) 0.3"
From The Collection of a San Francisco Estate
Jade Bangles became popular in China as jewelry during the Ming or Qing Periods. Circular Jade carvings were often seen in burial and objects reflecting the status of the individual. Later, this archaic notion evolved into enhancing the beauty of a lady through using such accessories...
Ming Dynasty or later
Size: Diameter 1.75" Height 0.25"
From a San Francisco Estate Collection
Bi Discs began to appear in Chinese art history during the early periods such as the Shang, Zhou, and Autumn and Spring periods. Discs represented the connection between this world and the after world. The production of circular discs with inner holes cut out continued to be used in Chinese funerary motifs in the form of paper.
Sold; New York, NY
End of Qing to Republic Period
Size: Length 1.28" Width 0.4" Height 2"
Ex-collection of Snuff Bottles from a San Francisco Estate.
The agate has some aspects where one can see the interior just like glass. The scoop used in the snuff bottle appears to be made of Chinese silver with hall marks denoting the maker named Guilong.
Republic Period (Mingguo Era 1912-1930)
Size: Diameter 7.75" Height 3"
Chinese Porcelains is one object that has been coveted, exported, translated, and developed over the span of a millennia. This bowl depicts a pair of phoenixes among peonies and rocks, a popular motif seen in Imperial porcelains...
Republic Period (1912-1930)
Size: Diameter: 7.4" Height 1.3"
Fencai techniques were developed during the early part of the Qing period. It began with the Wucai porcelains often seen during preceding Ming Dynasty. By the Kangxi era, different works using multiple colors began to appear and were thought to be influences from the West through glass making techniques.
The plate depicts a phoenix set among peonies and scholar rocks...
Sold; Tokyo, Japan
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.