Republic Period or earlier
Size: Diameter 8.5 cm Height 4.8 cm
Celadon is the color that is often compared to a blue sky after a rainy day to jade. This tea cup is done in celadon with major crackles appearing on the body. There is no signature on the piece.
There are slight chips on the rim of the cup and depending on the individual, minor restoration work has been done.
Early Qing Period
Size: Length 4.5cm Width 3.3cm Height 3cm
An interesting small jade figure of a foo dog. The dog is holding either a ribbon or a piece of vegetation and is set in a playful pose. This form was popular during the periods of the Kangxi and Yongzheng Periods.
Length 7 Width 3.3 Height 4 cm
A finely crafted bird with various flora the bird is holding on. The detail work on the body including the feathers is amazing.
Size: Length 8.7 Width 1.4 Height 1.7 cm
Dragon belt hooks were part of the fashion from the late Song to Yuan periods. Later dynasties and centuries were inspired and romanticized with the Jade art that were created from previous centuries, hence creating a rich culture echoing China's artistic past.
Size: Length (Avg.) 400-450cm Height 195cm
A pair of wonderful folding screens depicting different flora and fauna. The condition of the screen is superb where the vivid colors of the flowers and birds are still there as if the work was alive. No damages are seen on the painting or the mounting of the screen.
Size: Length 2.2 cm Width 1 cm Height 3 cm
An interesting Jade pendant of a small face the top left and right are the hair knotted into a bun like shape. The face might be a child and the stylized face reminds on of older designs.
Size: Height 5cm
This interesting smiling beast is standing on a base. This netsuke or small carving is rather interesting in many ways. The comical features of the beast is eye catching but the group that it is part of is another element of the interest.
For further information, please refer to Raymond Bushell. Netsuke: Familiar and Unfamiliar. Pg.99 Pl.54
Size: Diameter 6.3cm Height 5.6cm
A fine porcelain cup decorated with the various sages from the Daoist pantheon. The cup contains a mark on the bottom. Often cups of this size were made in sets of five or more and the culture of tea spread throughout East Asia during the 18th to the early 20th century...
Size: Diameter 6.5 cm Height 3 cm
Unlike most traditional Japanese lacquer wares, this one has a sense of realism. The landscape and the pine grove appear as if they were done with photographs or foggy black and white images, but they are all done by hand. The skill and technique is amazing and one cannot help but to stare at the details done in this work.
Size: Length 17.8 cm Width 11.45cm Height 11.45cm
Tea boxes were designed for tea connoisseurs to design and arrange their favorite objects and utensils to the season, literary allusions, and other themes. This tea box is decorated with rabbits done in mother of pearl with pewter for the gray rabbits, which is a technique often used in the Rinpa school starting with Hon'ami Koetsu in the 16th century...
Size: Length 26cm Width 24 cm Height 4.5cm
This interesting lacquer writing box is decorated where the gate continues from the exterior of the lid through the exterior of the body of the box. The gate is done in pewter enhancing the visual effect with the lacquer and gold decoration. The interior is done with mother of pearl and pewter of a field of flowers. The set comes with an ink stone, water well, and a knife to cut paper.
Size: Length 6.5 cm Width 3.3 cm Height 1.5 cm
Cicadas are a popular insect for carving from Jade. The earliest examples are from the Han dynasty found in tomb excavations. The notion of rebirth through removing its skin may have evoked thoughts of rebirth into the next world. The carving of the insect is detailed and refined and care is given to express the cicada are real as possible.
Early Qing Period
Size: Diameter 8.26cm Thickness 0.8cm
Ex-collection of a Pebble Beach, CA estate.
This Jade often referred to as moss in the snow Jade is a small bangle for a young daughter or a person with smaller hands. The smooth form and flat like touch are similar elements seen with works done from the Qing period. The Jade has several inclusions on the interior.
Size: Diameter 30 cm Height 17cm
The style and design of the censer is evocative of Ming celadons where large dishes and censers were often produced. However, the engraved designs and the style rather comes from a latter period.
Qing Period or Later
Size: Each Bead: Length 2.8cm Height 3.2cm
The small carving of a Budai is thought to be using a material known as peach seed. Various interpretations are given to the material but the fine carving done on the bead is unrivaled. The bead is set with white Jade beads.
Umezawa Ryushin (1874-1953)
Size: Length 11" Width 12.25" Height 1.7"
Umezawa Ryushin is the son of the noted lacquer artist, Shibata Zeshin. Ryushin's lacquer ware works have been popular recently and renewed interests have appeared since he inherits the techniques of his father.
The rustic cedar box is used to store papers and letters...
Late 20th century
Size: Length 10cm Width 2.5cm Height 5 cm
The refine details and care given in this carving is absolutely without words, the finest. As if the horse would walk on its own the realism seen in this work is unparalleled. The work is done by an artist based in Shanghai who uses various hardstone materials and produces fine works of art. The foot area has a hairline crack or repair.
Late 20th century
Size: Diameter 7.62 cm Height 5.1cm
Tianmu or Tenmoku is the famous form of tea bowls that were produced in China since the Sung period. The Japanese were caught by the way the ceramic expressed the rich array of colors and sheens that the bowls were prized possessions of the ruling warrior class.
This small cup was produced in Japan in honor of this tradition. The cup can be used to consume sake or Chinese teas.