This is an original antique Chinese carved lacquer cup.
It measures 2.75 inches in diameter and about 4.2 inches wide (including the Fu Lion handles on either side of the cup.)
It stands about 2 inches tall (measured from top to bottom.)
It has two robed figures seated on clouds set out against a repeating pattern.
This cup dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) or, quite possibly, even a bit earlier.
It is in excellent condition except for a tiny loss of lacquer on the interior lip of the cup (see closeup photo).
This cup was part of a small collection of Chinese carved lacquer purchased about 25 years ago from a private collection established in the early 20th century.
This is one of two similar cups that were part of the original collection. The cups were not a matching pair, but are of a very similar style. We will be offering the other cup later on.
This antique wooden mask is a representation of Mahakala.
It dates from the late 19th or earlier.
It is similar in style and iconography to masks from Nepal, Tibet or Sikkim.
It measures about 13 inches high by 9 inches wide.
It is in very good condition except for a few small cracks and losses to the wood. It has remnants of remaining overpaint in the crevices and recessed areas.
Comparables Note: a slightly larger mask with the original paint remaining is listed in Miller's Price Guide(2003) at $7,800-$9,400 (Sotheby's - NY)(see photo enlargement #4).
These two bronze figures date from the 17-18th century or earlier.
Each one represents either Mahakala or Samantabhadra standing on a prostrate human figure surrounded by a ring of fire and wearing a garland of severed human heads.
Each measures about 8 inches tall by 5 inches wide.
Both are in excellent condition except for a small square opening on the back of one.
This seated bronze Buddha in Sukhothai style most likely dates from the 16th to 18th century in Thailand. It may actually be earlier. but we prefer to be conservative in estimations .
It measures 16 inches tall by about 11 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.
It is in very good condition with areas of green patination and overall oxidation in various shades of pale to rusty brown. It has a few areas of casting loss, particularly on one end of the base (see the photo close ups). It also has a few areas where the bronze has either thinned out or pitted (again, primarily on the reverse of the base,)
The history of Thai sculpture dates from sometime during the thirteenth century, when a distinct national school emerged and broke away from Cambodian and Mon influences in terms of the stylistic development of Buddha images. Specific schools and sub-styles are defined on the basis of relatively slight variations in the prescribed dress, the treatment of the hair and so on.
This Buddha is seated on an undecorated pedestal in the cross-legged yogic posture of satvaparyankasana, the right leg placed over the left. His right hand is lowered, long fingers pointing downward in the earth touching gesture. The latter symbolizes Shakyamuni's triumph over the forces of the demon Mara, who attempted to distract him from his quest for enlightenment, a ubiquitous theme in Thai Buddhist art. The Buddha's monastic robe is worn leaving his right shoulder bare, and a long thin section of cloth representing his narrowly folded shawl falls downs from his left shoulder to below his navel terminating in two points.
These two museum quality cloisonne enameled censors in the shape of cockerels or mythological birds are a matched pair.
Each one measures 17 inches tall by 13 inches wide by 6 inches in depth.
They are very ornate with fan tails.
Their large, ornate tails are removable, opening them for a possible use as incense burners.
They date from the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911).
They are in outstanding condition, period.
They are covered with double facing dragon and phoenix designs (the symbols of the emperor and empress). They also have archaic plant and bird designs overall.
NOTE: These are outstanding and much more impressive in person than the photos would indicate.
On May 30th, 2012 Christie's Hong Kong offered a pair of cloisonne roosters (14 inch tall) from the 18th century( Qianlong period) at an estimate of $370,000.00-$450,000.00. They were in a standing position -versus the position of repose of the pair we are offering.
This late 18th century to early 19th century whale oil lamp measures approximately 11 inches tall by 4.5 -5 inches in diameter at it's widest points.
It was crafted in pewter and is Swiss or Austro Hungarian in origin, as it was acquired with a set of very similar figural Swiss candlestands with readable Hallmarks dating to about the same time period. Even so, this oil lamp is not marked or the marks have worn off over the centuries.
It consists of a standing figure in 17th-18th Century costume, holding up a four spigot oil font. The figure wears a cap with a crossed hammer insignia on it (partially obscured by wear)
It is signed with a date and initials on the base (18 GPP 27) which translates as GPP 1827.
This original carving of a Chinese lions and cub.
It dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Each one holds a lingzhi in its mouth.
It measures about 55 mm x 41 mm x 20 mm ( 2.1 x 1.5 x .75 inches)
It is carved from a uniformly pale celadon jade.
This Japanese bronze handled mirror measures about 8 inches in diameter (21cm) with an extended handle which increases the full height to about 12 inches or 30 centimeters(cm).
It dates to the late Edo Period or Early Meiji period ( about the middle of the 19th century (1840-1860).
It is signed in the left portion of the front. It also has birds flying over churning waves in the ocean.
It still has most of it's silver ovrlay on the two large Kanji marks on the front. It also has remnants of it's silver on the reverse or "Face" of the mirror.
Bronze mirrors were introduced into Japan from China and Korea about 300 BC - AD 300.
At first they had a religious function and were regarded as symbols of authority.
The Japanese soon learned to make their own mirrors using lost-wax casting and decorated them with Japanese or Chinese designs.
By the Nara period (AD 710-794) mirrors were made for everyday use and used designs such as plants and animals to symbolize good fortune.
From the Kamakura period (1185-1333) a design showing Hôraizan (the Chinese 'Island of Immortality') became popular.. More new designs and the first handled mirrors appeared in the Muromachi period (1333-1568).
During the Edo period (1600-1868), mirrors decorated with lucky symbols or Chinese characters were given at weddings. Mirrors became larger as hairstyles became more ornate; some mirrors in Kabuki theatre dressing-rooms were up to fifty centimetres across and were placed on stands. The faces of mirrors were highly polished or burnished, with itinerant tinners and polishers specializing in this work. Since the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, were symbols of Imperial power, mirror-makers were deeply revered and often given honorary titles such as Tenka-Ichi ('First under Heaven'). However, this title was often misused and was officially prohibited in 1682. Bronze mirrors were replaced by glass mirrors after the Meiji Restoration (1868).
This large bronze figure of Avalokitesvara dates somewhere between the Song Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty in China.
This figure represents one third of a Buddhist Triad, which may have originally been created as an altarpiece in a Buddhist temple.
This bronze figure measures 21 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 8 inches in depth. He/she is depicted wearing a Tang Dynasty upraised hair style and ornate robes and jeweled detailing.
It is in excellent condition with remnants of old gilt and colors remaining in areas. The head is completely covered with a layer of gold and the remainder is covered with a deep brown patina overall.
Traditionally, Avalokitesvara would sit on the left side of Amitabha Buddha in a three figure triad with Mahasthamaprapta sitting on the right side. There are engraved Chinese characterson the reverse side of it's base which translate as left two.
There are additional marks on the Gui held in front of the figure which may represent the date or the original donor of the bronze.
Since the side figures of a triad were smaller than the central figure,the central Buddha must have been fairly large. This fits with the theory of an origin in a temple or possibly a very wealthy home.
In Chinese Buddhism the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is also known as Guanyin. Among the Chinese, Avalokitesvara is almost exclusively called Guanshiyin Pusa. Some Daoist scriptures give her the title of Guanyin Dashi, and sometimes informally as Guanyin Fozu.
In Chinese Buddhism, the worship of Guanyin as a goddess by the populace is generally not in conflict with the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara's nature. In fact the widespread worship of Guanyin as a "Goddess of Mercy and Compassion" is seen as the boundless salvific nature of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara at work. The Buddhist canon states that bodhisattvas can assume whatsoever gender and form is needed to liberate beings from ignorance
This museum quality gilt bronze figure was purchased from an old collection of Asian antiques originally formed during the early portion of the 20th century.
The authenticity of this bronze is guaranteed without exception.
This 19th century Japanese carved ivory okimono measures approximately 9 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches in diameter at it's widest point.
It is intricately carved with fully delineated scales and teeth on the fish. The figure riding a fish is carved from one solid walrus tusk and it sits on a separate oval section as a base. The crystalline pattern that is so indicative of walrus ivory can be seen in many places on the carving, including Kinko's robe (interior front left) and the belly of the carp or koi.
It dates from the Meiji Period in Japan (circa 1870-1900).
It is in very good condition with some stabilized antique ivory fractures as are seen on many of these okimonos that are well over 100 years old.
Japan originally imported and adapted many Taoist and Buddhist teachings from China, which were then combined with native Shinto beliefs.
One Taoist figure incorporated into Japanese artwork was Kinko, a holy hermit. He is often depicted mounted on the enormous carp that carried him to the Undersea Kingdom. There, sea creatures taught him that all life is sacred.
In Japan the carp (koi) is also a symbol of persistence, longevity, and fertility. Land-locked farmers have kept carp in their ponds to provide food for centuries and also bred them for their beautiful colors.
This engraved Sterling Silver tankard dates from the decade following the American Civil War (circa 1870-79 ).
It measures 3.5 inches tall by 2.5 -2.75 inches in diameter (not including the handle). It also measures 4 inches from the handle to the front edge of the cup.
It weighs 189 grams or 6.08 troy ounces.
It is marked on the bottom of the cup: ENG' STERLING 925-100 .
This is an American Silver Tankard Dated 1879 which may have served as a Christening cup.
A somewhat similar mark can be seen at the link below
It has been suggested that ENG may mean English Silver. This is incorrect because all English silver from this period had to be hallmarked in the English manner. However, before the sterling standard was fully adopted by the American silver manufacturing establishment, manufacturers who WERE making sterling often marked their wares "ENGLISH STERLING", as in this example.
This piece is not English, it just is up to the English sterling standard.
It also has the number 26 with gothic B's in diamond stamps on either side (B 26 B)
In 1866 William Bogert bought out the business of prominent New york City manufacturer Charles Grosjean, and formed William Bogert & Co. with Bernard Beiderhase. We believe that this silver cup or tankard was manufactured by Bogert and Beiderbase (B and B) under the eventual name of William Bogert and Company.
This is a solid sterling silver tankard and guaranteed as such.
It is in excellent condition with a nice even finish and a subtle patina.
It has a couple of extremely minor scrapes along the outside bottom edge where it appears to have been tested for silver purity during the last 130 years.
It is also engraved on the front: Tracey Lay Turner --September 1879 (surrounded by a delicate flowing engraving of wheat and or berries.)
Overall, this is a very clean and pristine example of late 19th century American Silver with documentation that leads us all the way back to it's original owner.
Tracey lay Turner was a Stock broker and banker (among other things) who lived and worked in 19th century Chicago.
The following information is an excerp from the Book Of Chicagoans (a sort of Who’s Who from the 19th-20th Century):
TURNER, Tracy lay, stock broker: born Chicago, Aug. 26, 1879*
Son of Edward H. and Ida B. (Foster) Turner; educated in private schools; married Chicago, Oct. 3, 1899, Claribel Countiss; 2 sons: Tracy L.,Jr. and Foster.
Began in Marshall Field & Co.'s wholesale house, 1896, and later was with Whiteside & Wentworth, real estate.
In 1897 he entered the employ of Chapln & Gaylord, stock and bond brokers and later became office manager.
In February 1901, he is lsted as a partner in the firm of S. B. Chapln & Co , bankers and brokers.
Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: Chicago Athletic, Union League, South Shore Country, Glen View, Kenwood Country, Tuscumbia. Recreations: golf, fishing and motoring. Residence: 1120 E. 48th St. Office: The Rookery.
*Note_ Tracey Lay Turner was born on August 26, 1879, so either the Chicagoan or the engraver got it wrong by 4 days. It has been suggested that the difference or error may be related to a Christening date. So the date on the cup may actually be the date of christening rather than the date of birth.
This museum quality silvered bronze Nepalese or Sino-Tibetan figure of Tara (also known as Kuan Yin or Guanyin) dates to the 14th to 15th century or earlier.
It stands 10 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter.
It has exquisite details and very subtle modeling.
It is in excellent condition and retains much of it's original silver finish.
A similar example can be seen in "Oriental Art: India, Nepal & Tibet" by Michael Ridley, 1970, Plate 37 (listed as 14th Century or earlier).
This triple ceramic dish with handle dates to the 19th through early part of the 20th century.
It is designed with a shape similar to a shamrock or three leaf clover.
It measures about 11 inches by 11 inches by about 4 inches tall.
It is hand painted with numerous designs of yellow daisies.
It is in excellent condition with losses to the gilding--primarily on the handle.
It appears to be European or Baltic in origin.
This may have originally been used as a relish or condiment dish.
There are no marks, makers names or country of origin. That in itself helps to date it to about circa 1900 or earlier.
This Qing Dynasty Chinese carved jade double tube vase or nuptial cup measures just slightly less than 7 inches tall by about 4 inches wide by 3 inches in depth.
It is also known as a "Champion Vase".
It is carved from one piece of celadon colored nephrite jade with inclusion of lighter jade that give it the appearance of cloud formations. It also has a few rust colored inclusions that follow the natural inclusions of the stone.
It is carved in the shape of a mythological bird or phoenix standing on a Chinese lion or Chilung while holding two ornately carved tubular vases with its wings. The lids of both vases are conjoined by a dragon wrapped around both sides.
Double jade carvings of this type have been described not only as “Marriage or Nuptial Cups”, but also as “Champion Vases” by their owners over the centuries.
These are quite rare and can be found in museum collections throughout the world. There is a jade champion vase in the Victoria and Albert museum in England.
There is also one at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.
Prices for similar but not absolutely identical jade champion vases have been increasing over the last decade or so. There are major similarities in most all of these vases but the minor details often vary from one to the next.
On November 1, 2004 , Christies Hong Kong sold a calcified green jade Champion vase for $80,256.00 against an estimate of $25,831.00- $38, 746.00 (sale 2177-Lot 834).
On November 27, 2007, Christies Hong Kong sold a white jade Champion vase for $248,842.00 (sale 2388-Lot 1547). It had an estimate of $38,730.00 - $51,640.00. It was 5 1/8 inches tall ( 13 cm).It was exceptional and from a well known collection.
On March 18, 2008, Christies Auction House sold a Champion Vase of somewhat similar appearance for $50,000.00 US (Christies: Sale 2267-Lot #440) It was 5 7/8 inches tall. On June 12, 2012, another jade Champion vase was sold for $64,000.00 (Christies –Sale 3509 /Lot #161). It was 5 1/8 inches tall.
Another jade champion vase is scheduled to go up to auction very soon ( Christies NY- September 13, 2012 (sale 2580- Lot # ?). Estimated Value: $50,000.00-$70,000.00. _________________________________________________________________________________
This outstanding example of a Muhuashi (Petrified Wood Scholar's Rock) measures 8 inches by 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches tall (including the carved wooden stand it sits in). One photo enlargement shows the stand and the bottom of the rock.
It has the appearance of a craggy old mountain. It was at one time part of a collection of jade mountains. The mineralized wood is actually as hard or harder than jade.
It is difficult to put an actual age on this stone, but we can easily assume that it's age can be measured in centuries, lot's of them!
Pair of Imperial Bronze Dragon Seals: Qianlong Marks and Period
This large pair of dragon handled bronze seals date from the period of Qianlong (1735-1795), emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in China.
The rectangular base measures 8 ½ inches by 7 ¼ inches (21.5 cm x 19.5 cm). The dragon handle stands up about 3 inches tall (8 cm.).
The top portions of the seals are covered with chiseled and engraved patterns of dragons and swirling lines representing the ocean or the sky. Standing on top of all this is the dragon handle.
The bottom of the seals are covered in archaic old Chinese pictogram script (see closeup photos). They also include traditional Chinese characters in one corner which are easily interpreted as Qianlong Reign Marks.
Some folks thought these might be paperweights because of their rather large size, compared to most seals of either bronze or jade. A recent article in the Jakarta Post referred to a very similar bronze seal as a “casted paperweight from the Qianlong Period”. See link below:
( http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/04/scholar-objects-undervalued-small-treasures.html )
These bronzes may have served double duty, with an original purpose yet to be determined by deciphering the archaic script and the possibility of also having been used as massive scroll weights.
The Emperor Qianlong had a serious interest in painting and was known to dabble in it himself on occasion. Some scrolls are exceptionally long and might have required a substantial scroll weight to keep them open for viewing (or possible two or more to hold the whole long thing open in the privacy of one's palace).
On April 4, 2010 , one identical bronze seal/scroll weight was sold at auction in China for the amount of RMB 651,200. (about $108,000.00 US ). The auction estimate had originally been 600,000-800,000 RMB (about $100,000-$130,000) for one single bronze seal.
The pair of bronze seals or scroll weights or “paperweights” are both in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.
They were purchased about 30 years ago in Southern California.
NOTE: Although the photos below make the the bronzes appear to be of different sizes , only the photos are of different sizes, not the bronzes themselves.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: THERE ARE A FEW VERY TINY SPOTS OF VERDIGRIS ON ONE OF THE SEALS . THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR A BRONZE ITEM THAT IS OVER 200 YEARS OLD. IT IS REALLY NOT WORTH MENTIONING BUT WE ALWAYS LIKE TO HAVE FULL DISCLOSURE SO THERE ARE NO SURPRISES FOR THE BUYER.
This large Chinese Cloisonne covered box measures 15 inches in diameter. It actually measures 17.5 inches wide, when you include the bronze handles on either side. It also measures 8 inches tall.
It is in excellent condition with the exception of a small circular restored spot on the bottom of the exterior. It appears to have been repaired in the late 19th century, based on the odd shade of green enamel that was used in the repair.
The cloisonne scene on the lid consists of a phoenix (fenghuang) looking down on a mountain range across the waters and under a red sun (a possible reference to Japan).
The chrysanthemums in the foreground may refer to Japanese royalty. This could have been designed as a gift for Japanese royalty.