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Hongshan Culture Jade Carving (Song through Ming Dynasty Period)
Finely polished deep green jade (nephrite) with two spots of pale green. There are remnants of calcination in the crevices. It is in outstanding condition
Subject is a double animal and insect combination. From different angles you can see a bird, a horned animal and a cicada.
2 3/4 x 1 1/2 X 3/4 inches (70mm x 40mm x 18 mm)
This is one piece from our personal collection of approximately 2500 antique jade carvings.
Additional information about Hongshan jade carvings can be found in the Newsletter on our Homepage,
This antique nephrite jade rabbit holding a peach is from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) or the early portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).
It measures about 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 X 1 inch or 54mm x 35mm x 21 mm.
It is carved from nephrite with colors ranging from a pale beige to a deep rust red. It has a substantial amount of oxidation which has created it's wonderful color patterns. It also has a slightly irregular surface: most likely from a previous period of exposure to the soil or the elements.
It is in excellent condition.
This pair of glazed ceramic or pottery Chinese lions or kylin measure about 6 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches (155 mm x 60 mm x 82 mm).
They date to the late Ming or early Ching Dynasty (17th-18th century).
They are in outstanding condition.
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This antique cloisonne figure in the form of a mythical bird with a censor on it's back measures 11 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 7 inches in depth (head to tail).
It dates from the middle 19th century to the early 20th Century in China.
It is covered all over with multicolored archaic plant and animal symbols, outlined in gold.
It is in outstanding condition.
This is an original gunpowder horn or flask from Germany (Bavaria?) or Low Countries - Circa 1580-1650 (late 16th to middle 17th century).
It is made of flattened cow horn and engraved on both sides. One side has a hunting scene and the other has a pattern of concentric circles.
It measures 12 inches end to tip and about 4 inches wide at the back end. It is flattened and measures 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in depth.
It is in good condition overall, but there is a wooden butt plate on the back end. There are also minor cracks and losses as should be expected of a 400+ year old artifact..
This New Zealand Maori Jade Carved Hei Tiki measures 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches and is about 3/8 of an inch in thickness.
It dates from the early 20th century or even earlier.
It is carved from an outstanding piece of deep green jade with a small, lighter colored feather in between the eyes. The edges show translucence when held up to the light.
The third close up photo shows a somewhat similar carving with a much higher estimate that is an illustration in a recent book on Tribal art.
The illustration of another old jade tiki with a $6,000 -$10,000.00 estimate is only shown for comparison. It is not being offered here.
This old auction catalog is from 1943 and very rare in any condition.
It's Cover reads: Chinese Porcelains and Pottery. Chinese & Japanese Paintings & Bronzes, Persian and Mesopotamian Pottery. Property from the estate of the Late Mrs. Samuel T. Peters( New York) By Order of the Executors. Part One Public Auction Sale October 15 and 16 at 2PM. Parke-Bernet Galleries 30 East 57 Street. NewYork 1943.
Parke-Bernet Galleries became Sotheby Parke-Bernet and finally changed it's name to Sothebys.
It includes mostly Chinese ceramics from the estate of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters of New York.
Mrs Peters and her husband, Samuel T. Peters were serious collectors of Asian artifacts back in the day.
Mrs Peters left some amazing items to the Metropolitan Museum (and other museums).
This catalog is in very good condition with slight smudgingon the cover as might be expected on a catalog that is nearly 70 years old.
Mrs. Samuel T Peters was also the subject of a famous painting by the well known American artist, Mary Cassatt.
The original paper cover is intact except for a very minor loss to the end tips of the spine. The interior is clean and intact.
The catalog includes the description of 420 lots and 85 pages long. The black and white photos are all of items that are classics by today's standards.
The estimate of values and prices realized sheets are both missing. Their main purpose in today's market would be to show how much prices have risen in the last 69 years. Often a classic catalog like this is valuable for establishing provenance for specific items.
This antique cloisonne enameled cat measures 17 inches (head to tail) by 9 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide.
It is covered overall with stylized archaic motifs.
It is in the style of a much earlier period but dates to the late 19th or early 20th century.
It is in outstanding condition.
This original gouache and acrylic painting on rice paper measures 18 by 26 1/2 inches (image only). It is framed and matted under clear, unbreakable plexiglass.
It is signed and sealed Trung Van Nguyen 1996. There is also a gallery lable Wth the original price tag from 16 years ago.
It is in excellent condition.
This antique bronze figure of a dancing girl measures approximately 10 1/2 inches tall by 6 inches wide (Hair bun to finger tip) and it stands on a base measuring about 3 by 4 inches.
The dancer is posed in an unusual position while standing on one foot with arms extended.
It is in good condition with the exception of an old repair to the bronze in her mid section (see closeup). There is also a small casting loss to the area near her left ear and on her right buttock.
This is a MATCHING PAIR OF CLOISONNE MYTHICAL BEASTS. Each animal measures 14 inches long (nose to tail) by 7 inches tall and 3 inches in width.
They date circa 1880-1920.
They are in outstanding condition with the exception of a few extremely minor losses or repairs to the enamel.
They are covered with archaic bird and leaf designs throughout.
This glazed ceramic or stoneware figure dates to the Meiji (1866-1912) in Japan.
It measures 7 1/4 inches tall by 5 1/4 inches in width and about 3 3/4 inches in depth at it's widest point.
It is in outstanding condition and has extremely vibrant colors. There is one extremely small circular spot of glaze loss which appears to be a kiln flaw on the sleeve.
Remnants of the gauze pattern remain on the unglazed bottom.
This nephrite jade carving of a reclining horse measures about 3 1/2 inches long by 2 inches tall by one inch in depth.
It's color is a medium celadon green with a few natural inclusions and areas of brown suffusion. It also has a small amount of brown oxidation in a few of the crevices.
It is in excellent condition, period.
It dates from the Ching Dynasty through the early 20th century.
This old figural bronze shrine has a large central six armed figure of Shiva or Vishnu surrounded by six additional dieties. It is either Indian or Nepalese, as it contains iconographic elements of both cultures.
It measures 8 by 11 inches and has a mounting bracket that extends back about 3 1/2 inches.
This well cast bronze is in excellent condition and weighs about six pounds.
Ching Dynasty Jade Carving: Duck Preening It's Feathers or Sleeping (In Repose)
Pale gray/green jadeite with areas of brown suffusion. This old pebble shaped jade is in outstanding condition.
The subject is a stylized and very naive duck with an unusual shaped beak and eyes positioned like a Picasso painting with views from two directions (giving the impression of looking at both a front and side view of the duck's eyes at the same time.)
Measurements: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 X 7/8 inches (35mm x 25mm x 20 mm)
This is one piece from our personal collection of approximately 4600 antique jade carvings.
This may well have been designed as a carry or fondling piece, as it's shape is perfectly shaped for that purpose.
This Pair of Chinese Cloisonne Pricket Candlestands measure 12 inches tall and about 5 1/2 inches in diameter at their widest point.
They date from the Ming to possibly the early Ching Dynasty.
They are both in excellent condition with the normal glaze irregularities expected in this time period.
This carved wooden figure of a standing Buddha measures 12 inches tall by 3 1/2 inches in width by 3 3/4 inch diameter at it's base.
It has outstanding carved details over it's entire front representing the folds of a finely draped cloth fabric.
It dates circa 1880-1920.
It is in very good condition except for the loss of the tip of one finger on his upraised hand. It still retains much of it's original paint on the head, hands and feet. Traces of dark red and gilding can still be seen in crevices.