19th century Chinese Peking glass hair pin of classic shape. Does not photograph well. Glass perfectly imitates white jade both in color and finish, pleasant patina, in great condition. Length 6 5/16 inches.
19th century Chinese Buddhist ruyi scepter made out of a gnarled branch and a natural twisted ball shaped growth with extraordinary richly textured surface resembling swirling clouds or waves. Ruyi scepter is a traditional symbol of scholarship in Chinese culture, as well as of transmission of knowledge in Buddhist monastery environment. Beautiful lacquer finish, superb warm patina and sheen from generations of people touching it. Extremely pleasing to hold, simple elegant shape, practically no ...click for details
Late Qing Dynasty (pre 1911) Chinese scholar jadeite seal of oval section with narrower finial with a hole for hanging. Wonderful austere piece appropriate for a scholarís desk, excellent finish to the stone, pleasantly fat. Natural untreated jadeite of gray and beautiful green patches with darker spots. The bottom is carved with four sunk characters that can be translated as STUDIO FOR LISTENING TO PINE TREES, red seal paste in the grooves. Imprint of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1. Height ...click for details
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) small Chinese Canton enamel covered box for seal paste painted on the outside with polychrome enamels depicting a butterfly in flight among melons, gourds and morning glory flowers on vines with leaves. Wonderful quality painting with famille rose colors, gilding to all exposed metal parts (some wear). Very pleasant patina, great item for scholarís desk. Height 1 1/4 inches, diameter 2 3/4 inches.
Very unusual 19th century Chinese official hat finial with blue lapis lazuli bead denoting 4th civil rank. This type of rank insignia was introduced by the Yongzheng emperor in 1727 for use on ji guan - the semi-formal hat. Different colors denoted different ranks, with opaque blue corresponding to the 4th - see IMPERIAL WARDROBE by Dickinson & Wrigglesworth, p. 108. Very uncommon lapis lazuli bead with beautiful golden flecks. Fire gilded filigree metal parts with bottom section depicting a ...click for details
Mid - 19th century Chinese official hat finial with clear glass bead denoting 5th civil rank. This type of rank insignia was introduced by the Yongzheng emperor in 1727 for use on ji guan - the semi-formal hat. Different colors denoted different ranks, with clear corresponding to the 5th - see IMPERIAL WARDROBE by Dickinson & Wrigglesworth, p. 108. Beautiful Peking glass bead, gilded filigree metal parts depicting piles of jewels. Two Chinese characters made by punched dots on the bottom. H ...click for details
Mid - 19th century Chinese official hat finial denoting 7th civil rank. This type of rank insignia was introduced by the Yongzheng emperor in 1727 for use on ji guan - the semi-formal hat. Different colors denoted different ranks, with gilt bead corresponding to the 7th - see IMPERIAL WARDROBE by Dickinson & Wrigglesworth, p. 108. Nice bead with fire gilding showing wear, filigree metal parts with bottom section depicting a pile of jewels, the top of the metal fixture is engraved with SHOW ( ...click for details
Rather unusual 19th century Chinese soapstone seal carved on the top with two seated scholar wearing traditional robes, their hands on what appears to be a fishermanís basket. Excellent carving, beautiful patina and obvious wear attesting to the age of the object. The bottom is carved with four sunken characters in two cartouches and can be translated as HALL FOR CULTIVATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, red seal paste in the grooves. The impression of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1. Very nice variegate ...click for details
19th century (may be as early as 18th) small Chinese devotional bronze Buddhist figure wearing a monkís robe and holding a bowl in front of it. Judging by the bowl, the figure represents Bhaiṣajyaguru - a medicinal Buddha. Very nicely mold cast figure of a type used on house altars, beautiful devotional wear, compressed dust in crevices. Height 2 1/8 inches.
17th century small Chinese white stoneware jar with underglaze blue painting. The jar comes from an old Japanese collection, this type of stoneware is known as Swatow ware, but more correctly named as Zhangzhou ware from Fujian province. Beautiful glaze with fine crackle, central register with excellent free painting of blooming flowers in reserves with stylized waves in between. Pendant leaves around its mouth, old Japanese lacquer repair to the mouth. Very strong piece, has wonderful presence. ...click for details