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.
Late Edo Period c. 1830
Size: Length 23cm Width 18cm Height 3cm
This interesting small footed tray is decorated with a rich floral design. The tray may have been used for incense or other decorative purposes. The foot has some age with wear and use. Overall the tray has been kept in great condition with no damages, cracks, or peeling of the lacquer.
Size: Diameter 13.4cm Height 24.15cm
The Jomon period more or less represents not just the history of ceramic production in Japan, but also the archaeological developements that was sweeping through Meiji Japan.
This interesting vase has a odd irregular shape. The skill in producing this vase from its beginning to the firing evokes one of current potters in the Bizen region.
Qing Dynasty or Later
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 16cm
Celadon has been around in China for nearly two millenia...
Size: Diameter 5.5 cm Height 9.5cm (approx)
This interesting snuff bottle is decorated with the 18 luohans or arhats. A popular motif since the Qing dynasty, Emperor Qianlong took efforts to edit the organization of the Luohans through the consultations of his Tibetan guru.
The snuff bottle contains a Qianlong period mark but the piece must have been made during the Republic Period.
Size: Diameter 5.8cm Height 11.5 cm
This small porcelain vase contains decoration of plum blossoms. A poetic inscription expresses the sight at night with the moon shining and the shadows evoke the sights and smells from the ink. The vase contains a Yongzheng era mark, but the piece is more from the early to mid 20th century.
Size: Length 11.5cm Width 3.5cm Height 2cm
Dragon belt hooks first began to appear around the Song-Yuan dynasties. The belt is looped with a long braided silk cord where the cord belted the robe. Surviving examples can be seen with a museum in the Inner Mongolia region. In latter dynasties, the romanticist for the past put these hooks as novelty for the scholar collector and many examples were produced.
Late 19th century
Size: Length 35cm Width 25 cm Height 8cm (Approx)
This ink stone box is extremely interesting and rare. The motif is raised to bring forth an effect as if an inro was placed inside the lacquer surface. The top contains an inro with an elephant set on the surface of the inro. The backside contains a book with an okame or a lady who brings forth fortune. The interior is done in nashiji lacquer in a cloud like format...
Late Edo Period
Diameter 17 cm Height 6 cm (approx).
This interesting lacquer box decorated with crest-like designs is done on a background of pear-skin gold lacquer. The interior is decorated with slight pear-skin lacquer with nandinia plants on the lid. It is not known what the box was used, one assumption was it may have contained a circular mirror.
Late Edo- Meiji Period
General Size: Length 450 cm Height 166 cm
This pair of folding screens contain small shikishi-like panels depicting the 36 sagely poets along with the selected poems each individual poet composed. Poetry has been, in some ways, central to the heart of Japanese culture. Though poetry individuals expressed their awe of the seasons, landscapes, and their romances...
Length (approx) 25 cm Width 5.5 cm Height 6cm
This writing box, unlike most writing box is made in a compact form. The box was thought to have been made for a princess or a lady who may have used this to create poetry or other forms of literature. The box is double stacked where the top tier a roll of paper can be placed and inside a brush is found. The bottom tier is for the inkstick and ink stone...
Republic Period or later
Size: Length 4.2cm Width 2.2cm
This dragon pendant motif is thought to have originated from a traditional accessory used in the Qing court. Jade and other semi precious stones are used on the hats, robes, and accessories to represent which rank the scholar official or military general each belongs to. This may have been one in its past reused in the form of a pendant...