This is an old carved nephrite jade in the form of a coiled dragon.
It measures approximately 2 inches (50 cm) in diameter by 1/8 inch (.8 cm)thick.
Archaic Style (Han - Song Dynasty).
We are listing this as 18th - 19th century although it may actually be somewhat older.
The dragon is a pale green-yellow with multi tonal brown suffusions which give it an overall mottled brown appearance.
This pair of original ivory carvings each measures approximately 6 inches tall by 3 1/2 to 4 inches wide by 2 to 2 1/2 inches in depth.
They both date from the middle of the 20th century. Each of them is signed on the underside of the base of the ivory carving (see photo).
They are both in excellent condition with no damage, losses or repairs to the ivory carvings themselves. One of the wooden stands appears to have been repaired at some point in time.
These two figures are guaranteed to be authentic ivory carvings, period. They are NOT any form of ivory reproduction, including bone, plastic ivory, or any other type of imitation ivory.
250 Years Of Japanese Art.
By Roni Neuer, Herbert Libertson and Susugu Yoshida. Copyright 1979 by Mondadori -Shueisha. Published by Gallery Books 1979.
With the Glossy pictorial dust jacket
A detailed study of the development of the technical and artistic achievement of Ukiyo-e (Japanese graphic art - pictures of the floating world).
It contains a 49-page essay on the history of Ukiyo-e followed by 328 pages of art - full-color plates, most full-page, all with accompanying detailed descriptions.
390 pages. Oversized volume 12.5" by 9.5".
This book is very close to mint condition.
It has spent years in a closed (and properly ventilated - no mold) glass front bookcase, along with many of it's friends.
I have seldom even opened it, only because I have thousands of old reference books and catalogues (really - 40+ years worth) and it was deposited in the wrong place.
So it was recently discovered during a major cleaning. As it turns out, it is one of two copies that I own. The other one is well used and looks it. I am selling the one in nearly mint condition but the knowledge in both copies is priceless.
The dust jacket has a tiny tweak at the top of the spine area which I did while I was taking pictures for this listing. Dumb, huh?
It also has many full color pictures taken from original woodblock prints which accounts for the subtle colors, especially on the really old woodblock prints.
This antique hand thrown and painted pottery jar measures approximately 5 1/4 inches in diameter by 4 inches high.
Although I have owned this old pot for many years, Indian antiquities are not my area of expertise. I can't tell Casa Grande from Mata Ortiz. I have had much more knowledgeable people than me in this particular field describe this pot as both.
It is in excellent condition except for a small firing crack along one nose and two very small chips along the upper rim.
This outstanding antique Japanese Iron Tsuba or sword hilt is covered on both sides by leaf patterns in gold inlay.
It measures 2 7/8 x 3 inches and it is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs evident.
It dates to the 19th century or earlier.
It is not signed.
This antique necklace consists of large (35 mm diameter) carved silver beads mixed with large (20 mm -25 mm diameter) Tibetan turquoise beads and finished with finely detailed silver end caps.
The large silver beads have carved auspicious symbols on them. The silver beads are hollow, but also thick and substantial. They were created in two pieces and put together at the widest point of the bead. They are hand tooled and, although unmarked ( as is a lot of silver from this area) they are of high quality (.800-900 or better). Full return privileges otherwise.
We estimate it to date primarily to the period of 1880-1920.
It is in excellent condition and weighs (both silver and turquoise) about 190 grams (over 6 troy ounces). It measures about 19 inches (48 mm) long stretched out end to end. This short strand with make an impressive choker.
NOTE: Our photos of the silver appear darker than they actually are. The silver is actually a nice even silver tone, not dark as if stored for some time. Not cleaned, just a lighter tone than the photos appear to be.
This intricately detailed silver wrapped mirror measures 16 x 22 cm (about 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches).
It is in excellent condition except for one small scuff on one of the dancers.
The silver is covered overall with dancers and musicians in a Persian garden scene on the reverse. It also has an arch surrounded by gilt and blue enamel plaques.
Although unmarked, the silver is GUARANTEED to be .800 or better.
It dates to the period between 1890-1920.
This seated bronze figure of Ganesh or Ganesha measures 5.5 inches tall by 3 inches wide by about 2.5 inches in depth.
It dates from the 18th - 19th Century in India or possibly earlier.
It is in excellent condition with no damage, losses or restoration.
It has a nice patina and does not appear to have been cleaned at any time.
Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa or Ganesh, is also known as Ganapati.
He is one of the most widely worshiped gods in the Hindu pantheon.
His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of other affiliations.
Devotion to Ganesha extends to Jains, Buddhists, and also beyond India, Nepal or Tibet.
This small bronze figure measures about 3.25 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide and about 1.25 inches in depth.
He appears to be a half naked demon in a loin cloth.
He looks to date to the 19th century or earlier-possibly much earlier.
He has a incised wedge with a drilled hole on his shoulders, where it appears that something was attached. It may have been a fire surround or he may have served as a portion of a footed based for something larger, which would likely make him somewhat older than 19th Century.