19th century Chinese Buddhist ruyi scepter made out of rootwood with extraordinary richly textured surface resembling swirling clouds, the head of the scepter perfectly imitating a growth of lingzhi fungus. 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 worn on raised parts as to be expected, superb warm patina and sheen from generations of people touching it. Extremely pl ...click for details
18 various 19th century mother of pearl game counters or loo chips. Different shapes, some pierced, all are hand carved on both sides, some with flower designs, some with figures in various settings. All are in good condition - no losses or chips. Length of the longest 2 1/4 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese soapstone ornament in a shape of a Buddhaís hand citron with bone stem. Nicely carved out of light green soapstone with darker and lighter veins giving depth to the material. Very nice patina, pleasant to hold, wonderful object for a scholarís desk. Length with stem 3 3/8 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese buffalo horn snuff saucer of classic round shape. Very well carved out of beautiful material showing play of colors on the bottom, wonderful patina, in great condition, very pleasant feel of age. Diameter 1 3/8 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1880s to 1911) Chinese bronze incense burner in a shape of a standing mandarin duck with its head raised. Wings and tail are decorated in champleve technique with red, green, blue, turquoise and yellow enamels with designs referring to ancient Chinese bronzes. The wings of the creature form a removable cover that fits perfectly. Excellent quality casting - see the head with incised lines around its beak and eyes, and detailing of its webbed feet. Beautiful patina, dust accumul ...click for details
Rather unusual good size 18th century Chinese pewter covered tea caddy of square section with indented corners, 4 short legs and cover. Did not photograph well - the colors are off, actual color is typical old pewter. Shoulders, sides, and tops of the cover and the body are inlaid with bronze or dark brass. Four raised panels on the sides are showing ancient bronze vessels with flowering branches, other scholarís objects, standing crane, butterflies and bats in flight, top of the body is inlaid ...click for details
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.