Chinese fan painting in ink and colors on paper depicting a landscape in scholarly taste with with scholarís huts and trees in the foreground and craggy hills with surfaces resembling swirling waves. Elegant composition, perfectly captured mood of the scene, wonderful depiction of rock and tree textures, beautiful use of color, in excellent condition. Inscribed with a short poem, signed and sealed ZHANG SHI YUAN by the artist Zhang Shi Yuan (1898 - 1959). Mounted on paper with silk top: paper si ...click for details
19th century Chinese fan painting in ink and colors on paper depicting a pair of birds on a branch of a peach tree with several peaches. Superb quality work, elegant composition, perfectly captured mood of the scene. Excellent depiction of feathers and plant textures. Inscribed with a poem, signed and sealed CHEN PEI QIU for the artist Chen Peiqiu (1922-97). Beautiful painting in excellent condition, mounted on paper with silk: paper size 14.25x25.5 inches, painting size 21 inches at the widest, ...click for details
Unusual pair of 1930s Japanese sterling silver and glass salt and pepper shakers. Glass bottles are of triangular section, overlaid with sterling silver flowering prunus on branches. Excellent quality crisp work, wonderful patina, marked STERLING 950 on the bottom. Clever design, extremely well made, wonderful table objects in superb condition. Salt height 3 inches, pepper height 2 7/8 inches.
Unusual pair of 1930s Japanese sterling silver and glass salt and pepper shakers. Glass bottles are of triangular section, overlaid with sterling silver bamboo leaves on stems. Excellent quality crisp work, wonderful patina, marked STERLING 950 on the bottom. Clever design, extremely well made, wonderful table objects in superb condition. Height 3 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a standing man holding a bokuto (wooden sword) and a peach in his hands, a deer head with antlers and pelt perched on top of his head. Netsuke appears to illustrate one of the paragons of filial virtue, that of Enshi, who disguised himself in a deer skin and mingled with the herd to get deerís milk, the only remedy for the eye disease of his old mother. Excellent carving, superb face of portrait quality, beautiful detailing, great patina. Signed SHINSAI on the back ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a crouching hare licking its front paw. Excellent quality carving perfectly capturing the essence of the creature, wonderful incised fur, eyes are inlaid with light translucent horn. Beautiful wear consistent with age, superb patina, himotoshi formed by its right paws. Signed RANICHI on the bottom - this brilliant carver from Rantei school is discussed in detail on p. 860 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful s ...click for details
19th century ivory and bronze netsuke in kagamibuta (mirror lid) form. The top is mounted with a bronze or shakudo galloping horse, gilding to the eye and spots on its body, superb crisp work. Beautifully captured sense of motion, great patina on ivory, old age lines, swinging metal loop on the back for the cord, compressed dust on the surface. Length 1 3/8 inches.
19th century Japanese ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in a form of a fruit pit skillfully carved with a smiling traveling Buddhist monk, his hands in front of him in praying gesture., traveling pack on his back. Wonderful whimsical carving with great level of detail, old age lines, very nice mellow brown patina. Height 1 3/16 inches.
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in a shape of a section of a bamboo stem. Clever elegant design in Japanese taste, beautiful staghorn texture, in great condition. Height 11/16 inches.
19th century okimono size marine ivory netsuke depicting sitting wolf with its paw on a human skull. This subject is almost always carved in wood. Excellent carving with the face of the creature bearing almost human expression of contemplation of impermanence of life, wonderful eccentric rendition of its bone structure with exaggerated features such as narrow back, oversized paws and visible ribs. Actually this artistic liberty exactly provides for a great sculpture. Typical grainy texture of wa ...click for details