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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 : 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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1241944
Chinese Gold and Jadeite Bracelet

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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1241943
Chinese Mandarin Square (Buzi) Scholar of the First or Second Rank

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...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1950 item #1241938
Small Opal Carving of Budai

20th century

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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1241845
Jadite Bangle Bracelet

Qing Period

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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1700 item #1241841
Jadite Bi Disc

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1920 item #1241838
Sold; New York, NY
Agate Snuff Bottle with Tourmaline Lid

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1241455
Chinese Porcelain Fencai Bowl

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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1241454
Porcelain Fencai Plate with Guangxu Mark

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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1241340
Sold; Tokyo, Japan
Chinese Yixing Tea Pot


Republic Period

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.