The use of semi-precious stones in the carving of decorative and ritual objects dates back to the early history of stone carving in China. Starting in the Ming dynasty, scholars and connoisseurs began to collect and commission works using archaic motifs or literati designs, which were subsequently displayed in their studios...
Age: Edo-Meiji Period, 19th century
Size: Length 7" Width 11.5" Height 9.5"
In historical Japan, merchant's tansus and portable boxes functioned much like the laptops and computers of the 21st century...
Size: Diameter (interior diameter approx. 4") 5.5cm
Jade accessories are one of the few popular jade accessories women wore during the Ming and Qing dynasty. Often the Chinese wore jade to ward off evil and to bring in good luck.
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明代 七官青磁香炉 銀火屋
Late Ming or Qing Period
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 16cm
Chinese celadons were first produced in the Han dynasty. However, it was not until the Song Dynasty in which the foundational color - the famous Jade or clear blue sky color - came into being. All succeeding dynasties tried to emulate or improve upon this Song innovation...
Late 20th century
Size:Length 10cm Width 3cm Height 5.5cm
Jade has been the most precious stone for the Chinese since the Neolithic period. Its color, purity, extreme hardness, and the pleasant sound it made when striking other objects, were the characteristics especially prized by the early Chinese, according to the Zhou period philosopher Confucius. It is in the Han dynasty when jade carvings of horses first begin to appear...
Size: Length 40cm Height 30cm (approx.)
Qi Baishi is known, along with Wu Changshou and Zhang Daqian, as the most notable painter in contemporary Chinese art. Qi Baishi's works are done using large bold brush strokes and a bright color palette, contrasting with the traditional court styles seen in the art of the previous imperial dynasties...
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Size: Diameter 9.2cm Height 5.7cm (without stand)
The rich red glaze seen in these teacups (dubbed an “oxblood” glaze) was, after centuries of experimentation, finally perfected during the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty...
Size: Length 17.5 cm Width 12.5cm Height 20cm
This refined rose quartz censer is decorated with archaic motifs. These motifs, in combination with its tripod form (called a ding in Chinese), reminds one of the Shang dynasty bronzes that feature similar designs and shapes. Censers were often made in the style of Shang bronzes, and aptly so, as both were used for ceremonial offerings to deities and ancestors...
Late 20th century (1960)
This lively pair of cups is decorated with an embossed and stylized wave pattern, upon which various goldfish are painted. The interior is bare, save for a single goldfish at the bottom of the cup. When filled with tea, the viewing of the interior goldfish through the colored liquid playfully reminds the viewer of a murky fishpond, in which these creatures are usually found.
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Republic Period or Later
Size: Length 6.5 cm Width 5cm Height 10.5 cm
Chinese celadon has been in production since the Han dynasty. However, by the Song dynasty celadon production took on a new level which is unrivaled with similar works produced in the latter dynasties. This celadon vase is emulating a traditional design first produced during the Song dynasty. During the Qing period, this design was reintroduced and became popular within the Imperial court.
Late Qing Period (19th century)
Size: Length 8cm Height 12.5 cm
Pouches such as these were often used as accessories by the Chinese up until the modernization of China. These pouches would hang from the belts seen on traditional Chinese clothing...
Qianlong Reign Period (18th century)
Size: Diameter 4.6cm Height 5.4 cm
Chinese glasswork known as Peking glass developed from technology brought by European Jesuits who came to China during the 16th-17th centuries. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Peking glass became particularly popular amongst the elites, with court craftsmen producing a wide range of objects in the material mimicking jade, agates, carnelian, and other precious stone luxury goods...
Diameter 7cm Height 5.5 cm
Often yixing is associated with the noted tea pots that literati scholars and tea connoisseurs favor. However, once in a while, sculptures are seen.
Snuff bottle 19th century, inscription late 20th century.
Size: Diameter 7.5 cm Width 1 cm
The central Jadeite piece and the cloisonné work was done in the 19th century or early 20th century and was a blank piece. A noted master of stone carving in Beijing inscribed a poem composed by Emperor Qianlong on one side and wished to complete the other side but feared if he would cause any cracks or fissures in the stone...
Age: 20th century
Size: Length 4.3cm Width 1.5cm Height 6.7 cm
Archaic designs and motifs were popular amongst the literati scholars who romanticized objects that were found in various burial and archaeological contexts. Shang, Zhou, and Han designs reminded the ethnic Han group of their origins, promoted a nostalgic yearning of the past, and acted as a sign or marker of intellectual and academic erudition...
Late 20th century
Size: Length 4.3cm Width 0.6 cm Height 6.3 cm
In Chinese the piece is known as Taipi Fungbei and various theories have appeared to how the object was used. Some speculate that the piece was attached to the body when the deceased was buried. Others contemplate if the piece was simply an amulet. Although the work has an ancient feel, the work was created in the contemporary era.
Late 20th century
Size: Length 6.3cm Width 0.5 cm Height 4.2 cm
Jade has been the most precious stone for the Chinese for nearly a millennia. Valued more than gold, the mysterious colors found in Jade inspired the Chinese to create amazing carvings and used them in spiritual and supernatural contexts.
Here we see a white jade plaque also known as paizhi carved with motifs of water ducks and on the other side, deer with lingzhi.
Late 19th to early to mid 20th century
Size: per bead 12mm (there is 99 or so beads in one strand)
Chinese glass technology existed since the Han dynasty. However, with the arrival of the Jesuits to China in the 16th century, glass technology expanded in translating objects that the Chinese cherished such as porcelains, jades, and other hard stones...