19th century Chinese metal stand for a tripod or some other item in a form of overlapping petals. The material of the stand is paktong - an alloy made of copper, nickel and zinc extensively used in China for export objects in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nicely made, very pleasant patina. Widest diameter 3 1/16 inches, height 7/8 inches.
18th century Chinese bronze sculpture of a running boy holding a Precious Gem in his raised hand. Unusual image, wonderful casting and detailing - see his smiling face and knots of his robe. Excellent warm patina, 200 years worth of compressed dust on the surface, pleasantly heavy. Fixed to a newer beautifully carved hardwood stand. Very nice object for scholarís desk. Height with stand 3 5/16 inches (84 mm).
Unusual 19th century (can be 18th century as is often a case with Chinese pewter) Chinese pewter altar vase for holding incense sticks, inlaid with brass on one side with three tiers depicting (from bottom towards the top): 1. Lotus leaves and bud issuing from a pond, 2. A deep with a flaming roundel above it, 3. Three birds on a gnarled flowering prunus tree issuing from rocks. Vertical sides of all the flanges are inlaid with brass as well. Excellent quality precise work with great wealth of d ...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.
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
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.
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese metal chopsticks decorated with some engraving and connected with a length of chain. The metal is paktong - an alloy made of copper, nickel and zinc extensively used in China for export objects in the 18th and 19th centuries. Well made, feel very pleasant to hold, wonderful patina. Length 8 1/4 inches.