This finely carved red lacquer over metal box with a low round body with a scalloped lid with a short round finial of a flower with overlapping petals and surrounding it is four panels each with a leaf or tree motif surrounded with scrolled detail, body has intricately detailed scenes of figures in a landscape setting with mountains and large pine tree and another leafy tree along with tall Taihu rocks sculptures, and pagoda buildings. The base has China Impressed in the lacquer. Circa 1890-1930 - Size: 3-1/4 high x 5-1/2” diameter (8.25 x 13.97 cm)
These unusual black silk lotus shoes have detachable heels that attached with one or two stitches and can easily be removed or re-stitched. These shoes are decorated with leaf and floral appliqué detail with a light blue and rose border. The round heels are stitched with a repeating black reverse swastika design. Age: 19th Century - Size: 5-1/2” long
This pair of lavender lotus slippers with a raised embroidered bamboo motif, so finely stitched that it is hard to see without magnification, in black with a turquoise woven border with an alternating geometric design and organic motif. The curved sole also has embroidered detail with a partial butterfly and an orange flower surrounded with a turquoise woven border with a repeating motif. Age: 19th Century – Size: 5” long
This type of tiny shoes is rare as they were specifically made for a noble lady which is indicated by the fine silk fabric and the satin stitch embroidery of a floral motif seen on the front of the shoe as well and on the sole as the needlework is even finer and the embossed dole and the show is trimmed in a dark-blue. Age: 19th Century - Size: 5-1/2”
Provenance: Private Collection of Teresa Coleman, of Teresa Coleman's, Hong Kong.
This exquisite pair of tiny shoes were worn for special occasions by a noble lady which is indicated by the finely couched (stitched) with silver and gold wrapped threads, along with satin stitch embroidery of an auspicious symbols of a fish and floral motif, with black silk trim. Age: 19th Century - Size: 6” long
Provenance: Private Collection of Teresa Coleman, of Teresa Coleman's, Hong Kong.
Antique Chinese black lacquer wood tea caddy that is signed, in the form of a bucket with a removable handle and lid, the lid has a finely carved in low relief a temple lion with raised fur that is clutching with his front and back paws a scrolled ribbon with a jewel, with a sword in his mouth and his tail is fanned out. The front and back sides have carved panels of male figures seated near a desk with a bowl of fruit. Metal detail on the corners and in the middle as well as a band around the bottom. On the bases is an 8-character mark.
This beautiful antique melon shape hand-warmer with a curved body and double handles with an etched design around the body of birds and a floral motif, and a reticulated lid with the Shou symbol of “longevity” and surrounded with bats the symbol of “happiness”, the rim with a scrolled design, is made of a metal knows as Paktong or Baitong "bai-tong" literally meaning "white copper". The Chinese produced an alloy of nickel and copper which often contains zinc as well, and has this wonderful lustrous sheen and a color tone of a warm silver. It is significantly harder than silver and is quite resistant to tarnish upon use.
Size: 5” high x 8” diameter (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Pair of 19th century rank badges with a central paradise flycatcher facing the sun as it stands atop a rock emerging from froth-capped waves along with Buddhist symbols and flowers on a black ground with gold thread woven throughout, muted shades of a dominate blue, and earth tones along with white on a black ground, within the border are gold scrolled design motif
interspersed with blue flowers. Condition: both are in excellent condition. They are each framed and glazed. Size: 11-1/2” x 12-1/4 (29.21 x 31.11 cm)
19th Century kesi-woven rank badge with a central white pheasant facing the sun as it stands atop a rock emerging from froth-capped waves along with Buddhist symbols and flowers on a black-ground with gold thread woven with the Buddhist swastika symbols (good fortune, luck and well being) muted shades of blue, coral, gray, and earth tones and white on a black ground, within a gold key-fret border
interspersed are the Buddhist symbols. They are each framed and glazed. Condition: one is in perfect condition and the second one has some wear and a small hole at the bottom center. These were purchased at Grace Nicholson’s gallery prior to 1948 when she passed away. She was a highly renowned and respected dealer. Size: 12 in. x 12-1/4 in. (30.48 x 31.11 cm)
Grace Nicholson (1877-1948) was an American art collector and art dealer, specializing in Native American and Chinese handicrafts. The space she originally designed for her shop is now home to the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California
This pair of 17th century Huanghuali wood chairs with projecting crest rails supported on the elegantly curved splats and curved back rails which continue to form the rear legs, the cane seats set within a rectangular frame above the plain aprons, with curved side aprons, joined with the stepped stretchers and the foot rest above a stepped spandrels. The surface of the wood is excellent. Condition: an age crack on the back section of the seat near a rail.
Provenance: In 1936 Karl Ivan Seaholm purchased the entire collection of royal household furniture from Mr. William Drummond the official representative for the emperor Pu Yi, in 1960 Mr. Lawrence purchased the collection and sold pieces to the Metropolitan Museum in New York as well as other museums.
Size: 33” (83.8 cm) high, 19-7/8” (50.1 cm) crest rail Seat: 17-1/2" (44.45 cm) high, 19-1/2" (49.53 cm) wide,15-3/4" (40 cm) deep
Celadon jar decorated with a dark cobalt blue glaze that is of a mother carrying a young- child on her back while the other three children playing, the one is stepping–up on a stool and pushing on a large vase that is on a table, and another child is holding a flowering branch. The lid has three bats. Condition: some fritting from the firing. Age: Late 19th Century – Size: 13” (33.02 cm)
Of an elegant form and proportions with a slender sweeping crest rail terminating in elegant hook handles above graceful shaped standing stiles, the curved splats with a carved ruyi-shaped medallion, curved apron with stylistically carved scrolled detail above the humpbacked-shaped stretcher mitred and mortise, and tenoned to the legs. Also the color of the finely grained wood makes these chairs elegant. They have a certificate of Guaranty. Age: Late Qing Dynasty, Circa 1880. Size: 38.5 in. (97.79 cm) high, 25.5” (64.77 cm) wide, 17.75 in. (45.08 cm)
This exquisite silver hand mirror is inset with a carved white jade basket with a floral arrangement that is surrounded with inset jadeite and other semiprecious stones, and interspersed is an enamel floral scrolled motif on a silver filigree ground. It has a brown jade belt hook handles that has an enamel decoration on the reverse side, and above the handle are enamel bats the symbol of happiness. Age: Late Qing Dynasty – Size: 9-3/8” x 4” Jade handle 3-3/4” wide (24.76 x 10.16 cm) Jade Handle 9.52 cm
This Jar is so expressively painted, and is telling a story with these wonderful figures in a parade around the body. The figures are all well painted, and two male figures with raised legs carrying these colorful banners are leading the parade, the next two figures are carrying signs with calligraphy, my favorite figure wearing a long orange robe riding a pink and green temple lion, while the pair of figures in the back one is carrying a canopy and the other a vase. The lid is wood. Age: Late 19th /Early 20th Century – Size: 5” high
This round oval shaped body is eloquently painted with a delicate crane near a taihu garden rock with beautiful flowering peonies. Around the neck insert for the strainer is an elaborately painted border with the mystic knot a symbol of longevity and floral motif within blue foliate medallions. The strainer has the same crane and floral design along with calligraphy symbol on the reveres side. The lid is painted with wild flowers that are surrounded by a blue fret border. Double Metal handles on each side. Age: Republic Period (1912-1949)(base has an apocryphal Qianlong mark) - Size: 4” high
The Yixing ovoid body teapot painted with dramatic actors in full costume, and one is holding a spear, and on the reverse side is a bird perched on flowering prunus branch. The spout has a floral decoration. The circular inset lid with a peach motif a symbol of “longevity” on either side of the peach is impressed gourd shape marks. There are metal double loop handles. There is an elaborate signature on the base along with a red wax seal mark.
The Yixing teapot is of a square form with curved corners which create the raised feet for the base, it is decorated with painted dark-blue medallion with a bold white leaves that are surrounded with a floral and leaf motif. The shoulder is decorated with light green stylized bats. The circular lid has a metal rim with a top that has a light painted abstract leaf design with traces of a seal mark that was possibly added later by the owner. It has metal loop handles. The inside has remaining remnants of tea. It is signed on the base with the artist signature.
This Yixing teapot with an ovoid body with the circular top resembling a convex plate, is painted with a green ground and decorated with circular white medallions with flowers and trees, and smaller medallion with colorful abstract patterns, the small green lid is surrounded by a wide white border with a floral decoration. The handle, spout and rim of the top are a blue color. Size: 3-1/4” high