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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #95868 (stock #TR0156)
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This original Ming Dynasty ceramic or stoneware tile with a figure of a seated Buddha measures about 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

It is in very good condition with minor losses to the glaze in a few areas along with a few small rim chips.

Stylistically, it has more in common with Song Dynasty ceramics, but most likely it dates to the Ming Dynasty.

This architectural tile appears to have been designed to be mounted in the wall of a shrine or temple and has a pattern of large shaped dovetails on the reverse for that purpose (see enlargement photo).

This museum quality piece consists of very dense stoneware covered with colored glazes in turquoise, aubergine and yellow.

This Buddha tile dates from the Ming Dynasty or earlier.

A Few Facts:

The Shanyin Hall at the White Dagoba Temple was built or restored by the Qianlong emperor in 1751, 30 years after a large earthquake damaged the same area in Beijing.

Shanyin Hall currently has 445 Buddha tiles of similar style, but of later manufacture (probably circa 1976 -when it was last restored after the Tangshan earthquake.) (See the last photograph).

It may have have had tiles similar to the one we are offering prior to it's previous restorations in 1751 or 1976.

It is quite possible that this turquoise Buddha tile may be a remnant of one of those earlier changes or restorations.

We currently have in our collection a tile similar to the current tiles that are currently mounted in Shanyin Hall in Beijing. Our tile is marked with Wanli reign Marks (1573- 1619). This is not the tile we are offering with this lot. The one we are offering actually appears to be earlier than this Wanli tile, but it is unmarked.

We can't document it yet, but it is a serious possibility that this old Buddha tile dates to before 1619.

Our research shows that the original tiles were probably held in place with lime mortar-not the best thing to use in an earthquake zone.

This tile we offer here may have been salvaged from an old temple restoration or from a temple no longer in existence. This same area has seen earthquakes in 1679, again in 1730 and again in 1976-to name a few.

All of this is a combination of verifiable facts and speculation, but speculation based on observable and documented facts.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #688672
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$240.00

This glazed pottery incense burner measures 7 inches tall by 4 3/4 inches in diameter.

It is covered with hand painted floral designs on a coral colored background. It has a lid with gilded spiderweb designs and a seated kylin finial.

It dates circa 1880-1910.

It is in good condition with the exception of an old repaired break on one leg (see enlarged photo). It still retains a good portion of it's original gilding, except on the legs or finial.

It is unmarked, except for a partial calligraphic mark on the inside lid.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #604521
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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.

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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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1082261
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This item is currently being auctioned

This small jade or hard stone carving of a stylized face measures 2.25 inches x 2.75 inches x 1.5 inches in depth.

It's colors range from a medium to dark green to a pale green with areas of translucence. It also has natural inclusions in the stone with areas of dark brown or off white oxidation.

It is carved in the style of old Olmec carvings, but it may be early 20th century. It may also be Chinese, rather than Latin American in origin, but neither origin has been documented yet.

It is unusual in that it has a mounting bracket extending from the reverse side. Similar brackets have been seen on occasion to allow for mounting as architectural components or as decorations in religious settings.

If this stylized carving actually is older than our estimate, it would be worth a great deal more than our asking price.

The mounting bracket would allow for this piece to be worn as a belt slide or buckle, or as a large pendant.

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$595.00

This is a Tibetan copper & white metal/silver prayer box or portable shrine (Gao) with a small bronze figure of Ganesh inside.

It dates circa 1890-1930, or possibly earlier.

It also has stitched covers from the early to middle 20th Century.

The front cover is covered with wonderfully hand tooled images, including a Tibetan mythical beast or lion surrounded by Buddhist calligraphy, topped by a flame. The rest of the box is copper, under the protective, stitched cover.

It measures 5 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is part of a small collection of antique Asian silver artifacts that were originally acquired together. Some of these items will also be offered for sale, now or at a later date.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1178744
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$4800.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Bronze : Pre 1800 item #604185
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$2,400.00

This substantial bronze handled pitcher measures 6 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.

We are dating this one to circa 1790-1820, but it may be much, much older. It is either a Neoclassical bronze copy of a Roman bronze or the real thing. We have priced it as a copy, but if real, you can add a couple of "00"s to it's price.

It is in excellent condition, except for a few small bungs and a restoration to the base. The bottom appears to have had three holes filled a long time ago. It may also have been leveled a bit to allow it to sit evenly (this part is speculation).

It has an even greenish black patina overall.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #805933
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$12,000.00

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,)

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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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1220077
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$295.00

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).

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$2,400.00

This antique Persian Silver vase measures 7 inches tall (17 cm) by 5 1/2 inches in diameter (14.5 cm).

It dates circa 1700-1850 or earlier.

It is finely engraved with alternating medallions of bird in an ornate floral landscape and medallions of symmetrical calligraphy. Between the medallions are additional engraved floral wreaths

There are three silver hallmarks on the base. The usual standard of Persian silver is .84 or 84/100 pure silver.

Condition is excellent except for a small bung (see enlargement). Overall, this is an outstanding work of art and much nicer than my poor photos would indicate. Any color changes in the photos are from the flash and not on the vase itself.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #326723 (stock #Jap-1001)
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$695.00

This Japanese Carved Wooden Mask measures 10 inches tall by 7 3/4 inches wide (ear to ear) by 4 inches in depth. It is also about 1 1/2 inches in thickness at center narrowing down to about 3/4 inch thick at edges.

It is carved from a tightly grained wood similar to those found in 19th century Japanese furniture.

It has a nice patina and retains traces of original pale maroon color in some areas.

It is in excellent condition and has wonderful parallel grooves over entire interior: most likely carving marks, but very finely detailed. They do not show up well in photos.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre AD 1000 item #523969
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$4,500.00

This extremely old hardstone / jade bracelet dates from the Liangzhu Period (3300 BC-2200 BC).

It is a varigated black color with one spot of pale yellow green on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, even though its material has been been degraded over time (The scratch test only works on the green spot due to the degradation of the darker areas). It also has a crystal structure that can be seen under high magnification.

It has an outside diameter of 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 inches (8.5- 9 cm) and an interior diameter of 2 5/8 inches (6.6 cm). It is about 3/4 inch in width (1.8 - 2.0 cm). This is an outstanding piece and is similar in style to another burnt jade bangle of white chicken bone color in published works.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #302005
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$895.00

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!

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #587249
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$1,495.00

This unusual painted lacquer and carved Shibiyama panel measures about 15 1/4 inches by 12 inches by 1/2 inch thick. It has an outstanding pattern of carved and inlaid pieces creating a finely detailed picture of birds and flowers on a deep sky blue oval background. It is surrounded by raised gilt and vermillion lacquer paintings of fruit and plants.

It dates to the late 19th century or Meiji Period in Japan.

It has an inset, carved rectangle with the artist's signature in the lower left corner of the blue lacquer oval.

It may have originally been the cover to a book or woodblock print album.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Eskimo : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #820826
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$16,000.00

This original carved "oosik" or penis bone measures about 11 inches long by 1 inch wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth at it's wide at the base.

Although it has the appearance of ivory, it is actually carved from heavily fossilized walrus penile bone. It is much harder than traditional ivory and as such has been used by native people for generations to producing knives and important implements.

This is likely a fertility totem in as much as it has a hooded woman riding a phallus with the raven and a stylized bear above her.

A work of this quality would have taken a great deal of time talent and effort to create.

The workmanship and details of the carving are outstanding and can honestly be described as museum quality.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1900 item #1188953
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$750.00

This antique silver cup was probably made from melted Spanish silver coins that came from silver produced in the mines of Mexico or South America, c. 1800-1860.

It has engraved and chiseled decorative borders and an applied handle in the shape if a two headed dragon.

It stands 3 1/2" in height, 4 1/4" across the handle and weighs 108 grams or 3.72 Troy ounces.

It is in excellent condition with no dents, losses or repairs.

It also has no marks or monograms and is guaranteed to be at least .900 pure (coin silver).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #261238 (stock #TR0306)
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$1,200.00

This hand painted ceramic vase measures about 10 inches (24.5 cm)tall by 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter at it's widest point.

It dates circa 1870-1900 (during the late Meiji Period) in Japan.

It is in excellent condition with virtually all of the high relief gilding intact.

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$360.00

This is a small, antique Tibetan copper & white metal or silver prayer box and /or portable shrine (Gao) with a small gold colored seated Buddha statue inside.

It dates circa 1890-1930.

It measures 3 1/3 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

The front cover is covered overall with wonderfully tooled reposse images, including a Tibetan beast or lion surrounded by Buddhist calligraphy, topped by a flame. The rest of the box is copper, under the protective, stitched cover.

It also has stitched covers from the early to middle 20th Century.

It is part of a small collection of antique Asian silver artifacts that were acquired a while ago. Please check our other listings to see additional items from this small but select collection that we are currently offering for sale.