All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #354954
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This is an antique jade carving of a seated monkey holding a Peach (Late Ming to Qing Dynasty)

It is a finely polished blue grey nephrite jade with white jade areas utilized to accent the nose and extremities.

There are remnants of oxidation or calcification in the crevices.

This antique carved jade is in outstanding condition. It is an excellent example of 17th-19th century jade carving.

Subject is a seated monkey with a finger in his mouth, holding a peach

3 1/4 x 1 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches (79mm x 40mm x 42 mm)

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #600751
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This white nephrite jade carving of a pig dates from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

It measures 4 inches nose to tail, by about 1 3/8 inches tall by 1 inch in width.

It is an overall white color with traces of brown oxidation in the crevices. It has areas of irregularity on it's flat and rounded surfaces that create an almost spider web like pattern (off white on white colors).

It is in excellent condition except for one drill hole in the tail which does not appear to be contemporary with the piece. It was most likely added so it could be worn as a pendant.

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This 18th-19th century Tibetan or Nepalese bronze oil lamp measures approximately 6 inches tall by 6 inches wide (pan tip to dragon tail).

It was designed to be used as a lamp using either Yak butter or oil.

It has a standing dragon for a handle and a pan with Ganesha on a shield. It is a classic design which incorporates motif from the two cultures (India and China) which are major influences on Tibet (situated between the two of them).

It dates from the late 18th through the middle of the 19th century.

It is in excellent condition with a small amount of verdigris in the recessed areas. It does appear to have been cleaned at some time in it's history and appears to be toning down nicely. It also has some wax residue remaining in a few crevices.

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This antique bronze figure of the Monkey God Hanuman measures 5 x 4 x 1 1/2 inches (13 x 10 x 3 cm).

It is in excellent condition.

This ancient bronze figure was most likely crafted in Northern India, Tibet or Nepal.

We are dating it to the 17th - 18th century, although it may actually be much earlier, based on it's stylistic similarities with small Pala period bronze figures.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1492 item #1084482
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Nepalese Bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani

11th to 14th century: circa 1000-1300 AD.

This outstanding bronze statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani stands 13.5 inches tall not including the two rectangular mounts that extend into it's bronze base.

It stands 15 inches tall including it's bronze lotus base.

It is in excellent condition with much of it's original gilt remaining on the raised areas and his face. The remainder of the original gilt has been lost over the last thousand years or so, exposing a deep copper colored bronze surface.

Among the many forms of Avalokiteshvara, Padmapani is probably the oldest.

Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of all of the Buddha's infinite compassion.

Padmapani means "lotus in hand". His left hand holds the lotus stalk, while his right hand is lowered in the gesture of granting favors.

This is an early example the use of semi precious stone inlays, a distinctive feature of Tibetan and Nepali sculpture.

His smooth torso and broad shoulders reflect the impact of the Gupta style, which existed in Northern India from the fourth to sixth century. The armlets and crown are traditionally found on 10th to 12th century sculpture.

Additional Nepalese or Nepali scuptural traditions can be seen in the shape of the broad face and full cheekbones which differ from the smaller and fuller facial features found in Indian art. The curves of the eyebrows and eyes and the long line of the nose are also typically Nepalese in style. In addition, the delicately engraved or incised floral pattern of the sarong around his waist is also typically found on early Nepali sculptures .

A larger, but stylistically similar example of an 11th century bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani is held in the Cleveland Museum of Art:

On September 21, 2007 Christies NY sold a 14 inch gilt bronze Avalokitesvara Padmapani for $577,000.00 .

Recently - On March 20, 2012, a 17 7/8 inch tall bronze Padmapani was sold for $2.8 million dollars by Christies Auction House in New York.


All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #261238 (stock #TR0306)
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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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #326723 (stock #Jap-1001)
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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 1492 item #736633
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This antique hardstone carving of a reclining ox dates from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) or the early portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

It measures about 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 X 1 1/4 inches or 58mm x 31mm x 30 mm.

It is carved from white variegated stone with a small area of pale gray in the center.

It is in excellent condition with a substantial amount of reddish brown oxidation on it's base.

We are describing this as hard stone because it does not pass the scratch test for jade. The possibility exists, however, that it is actually altered jade which has been softened over time and proximity to the elements.

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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).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #586936
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This Chinese Export or Chinoiserie lacquered wooden box measures 7 1/4 inches by 5 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches.

It dates from the late 18th century to middle 19th century.

It is hand painted with a scene of five figures in a pagoda and garden landscape. The figures are painted in gold over a black lacquer and wood base.

It is in very good condition except for a few very minor cracks and small losses to the lacquer.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #873103
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This antique jade carving of a reclining ox or water buffalo measures 4 inches wide by 2.5 inches tall by about 2.5 inches in depth.

This classic jade is carved in the style of the Song Dynasty (980 AD -1279 AD), but it is more likely that it was carved during the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD - 1644 AD) or the Qing Dynasty (1644 AD-1911 AD).

It is in excellent condition with subtle details and carving.

This carving may have begun it's existence as a somewhat lighter-off white color, but time and oxidation have worked to give it a lovely pale yellow or honey color with subtle inclusions and minor color changes.

This is a museum quality nephrite jade carving which is evidenced by the subtle modeling of it's overall design. This one is a gem.

The next owner will not be disappointed!

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #92349 (stock #TR0149)
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This forest green glazed Kochi ware vase with handles measures 12 cm tall by 12 cm in diameter by 19 cm wide (handle to handle). It most likely dates to the beginning of the 20th century. The glaze pools dark green in the crevices.

There are NO marks or signatures on this vase.

It is in excellent condition. No chips, cracks, hairlines, repairs, etc. It does have a few very light surface scratches to the glaze. There are four round felt pads on the bottom of the vase (see enlargement photos).

The glaze is even and complete. Any white spots or lines are from the flash and are NOT on the vase itself.

Japanese Awaji ware was influenced by or copied after, Chinese Cochin ware: a 16th century pottery originally produced in Southern China or Vietnam. It consisted primarily of green glazed wares with low relief decoration* (*Ceramic Art of Japan, Seattle Art Museum, Page 164)(CAJ).

Another theory about the origin of Cochi or Cochin ware is that it was carried from China to South East Asia (modern Day Vietnam and Thailand) during the Song or Yuan Dynasty . In 1206 the Mongolian tribes met and agreed to unite under Genghis Khan. In 1215 Genghis Khan captured Beijing. In 1279 Kublai Khan, his grandson, completed the Quest of China, ending the Song Dynasty. The Yuan dynasty that they created lasted from 1279 to 1368 (1368- 1644 A.D. Ming dynasty). Faced with Mongol rule artists, potters, merchants and exporters left China and set up their operations in Vietnam and Thailand. The Sung kiln and glaze technologies were transferred to Vietnam. Bat Trang (in Vietnam) prospered and continued to do so as the Ming dynasty maintained a closed-door policy until 1567. It was not until 1684 that the Chinese competed effectively with Vietnamese ceramics exporters. By this time Vietnamese pottery had achieved such popularity in Japan that even the Japanese potters produced ceramics in the Vietnamese style, which they called Cochi or Kochi ware. During the late Edo Period there was a fashion among Kyoto potters (including Eiraku Hozen, Ogata Kenzan, and Aoki Mokubei) to emulate the Chinese wares of the 16th century, especially the export blue and white, gosu-akae, and Kochi ware** (**CAJ-pg 158).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #834235
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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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1082261
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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.

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 : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #105013 (stock #TR0175)
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This blue & white ceramic bottle or jar measures 9 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches in diameter.

It is hand painted with scenes in cobalt blue on a white ground.

It is in excellent condition with a few natural fissures and irregularities to the glaze (see close up photos).

We estimate it to date circa 1700-1900.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #82653 (stock #TR0112)
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This Japanese Satsuma Vase is unmarked, 15 inches tall and about 9 inches in diameter.

It dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and has Kwannon and Lohans with an elephant pictured upon it.

It is in excellent condition with some light rubbing on the high relief gilded areas exposing an outstanding crackle beneath.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1136994
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This antique Chinese nephrite jade carving of a naturalistic motif, possibly a squash or gourd.

It measures 2 inches long by 1 1/8 inches tall by about 1/2 inch in depth.

It dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)in China and is carved from a pale green celadon jade.