Very unusual late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese scholarís ivory and ebony brushrest. Ivory is beautifully carved as a prunus trunk with flowers and buds, fixed in superbly fitted and excellently carved ebony stand. Elegant design and color combination, wonderful patina. Excellent functional object for scholarís desk, one of the most beautiful scholarís objects that I have had. Height 5/8 inches, total length 6 5/8 inches.
19th century Chinese scholarís rootwood brushrest / scholarís rock giving a perfect impression of a craggy mountain range with numerous crevices. Did not photograph well - photos came out too harsh. Wonderful object conveying the power of the mountains. Natural root of a tree with old cracks, nicks and scratches adding to the wild energy of the piece. Beautiful patina, powerful piece for a scholarís table. Length 5 1/4 inches, height 2 1/4 inches.
19th century Chinese Canton enamel footed wine cup of round section with flaring mouth painted on the outside in polychrome enamels with three sprays of different flowers and grasses. Inside has another spray in the cavetto, and five bats in flight among clouds around the rim. Superb quality painting with famille rose colors, in great condition - all dark spots are original pitting marks, no cracks, losses or stress lines. Marked on the bottom in red enamel with characters SHAN (to award, to pra ...click for details
19th century Chinese Canton enamel footed shallow dish painted in polychrome enamels with 4 different archaic bronze vessels containing scholarís items such as reishi fungus scepter, peacock feather and coral branch, all on light blue ground. Scrolling design in black enamel on the inside and in blue on the outside. Blue enamel floral mark on the bottom. Some tiny chipping outside along the upper rim. Wonderful item for scholarís desk. 3 3/4 inches square.
19th century Chinese Canton enamel footed wine cup of square section painted on the outside in polychrome enamels with ďHundred AntiquesĒ - various archaic bronze vessels containing scholars items such as scrolls, brushes, reishi fungus scepters, peacock feathers and coral branches. Excellent quality painting with famille rose colors and black enamels with gold pencilling. Old darker spot inside on the bottom, otherwise in great condition - no star cracks or enamel losses. Wonderful item for sch ...click for details
Unusual late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) buffalo horn carving of a reclining one-horned chimera snarling with its mouth wide open. Does not photograph well. Wonderful carving with great face, mane, tail and powerful paws, in superb condition. Excellent quality amber colored translucent horn (see backlit photo), very beautiful finish. Wonderful object for scholarís table. Length 1 11/16 inches.
19th century Chinese hammered copper Buddhist alms bowl of classic shape. Simple elegant object with incredibly strong design, excellent patina, pleasantly heavy. Two carved and lacquered characters on the bottom can be translated as HAPPINESS WITHIN. Great humble piece in excellent condition, wonderful object for scholarís desk. Diameter at the widest 5 inches, height 1 1/2 inches.
19th century small wooden burl vase for scholarís table with wide shoulders, three short feet and carved keyfret and lappets borders around the mouth. Beautiful natural swirling clouds pattern on wood surface, wonderful warm brown patina from shellack lacquer and handling. Wonderful piece for scholarís desk. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19th century Chinese pewter covered box for storing small items on scholarís desk engraved with flowering prunus on the top, and brass trim along ornately shaped rim. Beautifully made, pleasant patina. Stamped on the inside of the cover with makerís seal in Chinese which reads HUANG YOU. Great patina, wonderful object for scholarís table. Height with cover 1 inch, length 4 3/4 inches.
Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) small Chinese bronze belt hook with a horse head finial. Very good work, beautiful patina with oxidation and some malachite incrustations, nice feel of age. Wonderful object for scholarís table, comes from an old British collection (old collection number in white paint on the back). Length 1 3/8 inches.