An altered blue silk gauze court robe "jifu", decorated in two different gold and silver couched threads with nine five-clawed dragons pursuing flaming pearls amidst clouds, Daoist emblems and "shou" characters. The bottom is embroidered with stylized rocks above foaming waves, side-fastening overlapping closure with fabric hooks and five gilt bronze buttons, the sleeves ending in horsehoof cuffs...
Two pairs of robe sleeve bands, stitched together, embroidered in Peking knot and satin stitch with bats and flowers. The single sleeve band is showing birds among plants and scholar rocks. All bordered and backed with silk. Condition: little fading, minor staining and few loose threads, one with a thin area (picture 5). The single sleeve band with damaged backing. Dimension up to: 62 cm long, 24.5 cm wide.
A figurine of a naked woman with scarification marks around her belly button, originally a staff or tool final. Carved from wood with dark patina. From the estate of a Swiss ethnologist. Condition: some small chips. Dimension: 13.9 cm long.
Small Indian cast copper bronze image depicting the four-armed, lion-headed Narashima with his consort Lakshmi sitting on a rectangular pedestal throne. Condition: some wear to patina and traces of usage. Dimension: 7.1 cm high.
A Qajar papier-mache penbox with polychrome and gold decoration under a lacquered varnish. The top painted with a vertical composition of the Holy Family, an angel, a small boy with a rabbit and other figures. The sides depicting persons in a landscape. The base and the sides of the sliding tray with gold landscapes on a black ground. Provenance: a gentleman's collection, Geneva - Switzerland...
An extraordinary pair of robe sleeve bands, stitched together. Bright silk gauze ground embroidered with scholars and musicians in counted stitch, the faces in satin stitch with painted details (except one face). Condition: some fading and patina, area with two tiny holes in ground. Dimension total: 15.6 cm x 106 cm.
A pair antique Chinese sleeve bands, mounted as miniature scrolls with a bamboo stick, in a storage box. The bands are showing scenes from a romance mainly embroidered in finest Peking knot. The lid of the storage box embroidered with a river landscape. Condition: due to storage the condition and colors of the bands are pristine, only one reverse with little label residue. The lid of the box shows some wear. Dimension: box: 16.9 cm x 7.6 cm x 5 cm, sleeves: total length: 98 cm,
A bulbous, ribbed finial made of gilt copper, maybe from a standard. Condition: little wear to gilding. Dimension: c. 10.5 cm high, weight: 166 g.
A gorgeous pair of tiny shoes with shaped heels and upturned toes for a Han Chinese lady with bound feet. Made of silk, embroidered with very fine Peking and satin stitch in gold-wrapped and colorful threads. The tall ankle cuffs decorated with brocaded ribbons. Cotton lining and leather soles. Condition: fine. Little insignificant patina, few brittle fabric areas. Please compare: "Fine Chinese Costume and Textiles from the Linda Wrigglesworth Collection": item no. 103...
A square porcelain plaque painted with different greens, overglaze blue, yellow, aubergine and iron red, mounted in a later European wooden frame. Depicting Hua Mulan, a legendary female warrior, who took her aged father's place in the army. Some orange peel, reverse without glaze. Condition: enamel colors with some wear. Dimension: plaque: 22.7 cm x 22.6 cm x 1 cm, with frame: c. 30 cm x 30 cm.
Shipping by Priority Swisspost included. A square box with rounded corners made of white brass (baitong). The top lid finely incised with a cat between flowers, surrounded by archaic characters, the lines filled with green color. The inside of the lid with an abrasive surface for grinding ink. With copper lining and base, two character mark. Dimension: 9.1 cm x 9.1 cm x 4.5 cm. Condition: insert for grinding ink with two losses, some traces of usage.
The paper mount is painted in gouache, gold and having appliqué decoration in mother-of-pearl and butterfly wings, depicting a "Chinoiserie" scene. The reverse of the leaf with a flower. The guards and sticks are made of red lacquered wood decorated with figures in a pagoda landscape in gold. Dating to the second half of the 18th century, this European fan was produced in imitation of the Chinese. Condition: the paper mount with some tears, one fixed with a Scotch Tape, few tiny holes...
A pair of Satsuma earthenware vases painted with two different continuous scenes of women and children in a landscape. Bases signed within a cartouche "Ryozan". Condition: fine, only little wear to gilding. Dimension: 23.8 cm high.
Finely potted porcelain bowl, painted in pale famille rose enamels with fruiting and flowering gourd vines. The outside decorated with four "dragon and phoenix" medallions on a yellow ground. Base with iron red six character "Guangxu" mark. Condition: foot rim with an over glazed tiny chip (see photo no. 3), some wear to gilding. Dimension: Diameter: 13.8 cm, 5.9 cm high.
A particular round Chinese silver salver, standing on three taotie feet. The curved sides decorated with flowers and auspicious Chinese characters in open-work. The convex well with engraved decoration of four masqueraded actors. The base with a three Chinese character mark reading "Han Tian Bao", a silversmith active c. 1890 - 1930 in Tientsin, and another round character mark...
An antique wood statue of the Boddhisattva Wei Tuo, the guardian of the Buddhist principles, dating to the late Qing dynasty. Carved in two parts with gilding and red color. He is standing on a rock imitating base, dressed as a warrior and holding the vajra staff. Condition: one hand with tiny losses, parts of scarf missing, top of helmet with a lost insert, vajra staff, one hand and back with glued patches. Dimension: total height: 38.5 cm, figure: 31.5 cm, weight: 1300 g.
A quite large pith paper album of fine quality with ten gouache paintings, made in Canton for the export in the 19th century. Showing different scenes of a procession with musicians, court officials and ladies etc. Each is lightly mounted on paper and bordered with a blue silk ribbon. The covers are cloaked with red figured silk. Condition: paintings: good, considering the delicate nature of pith paper...
Circular wooden box with fitted interior. The cover inlaid in mother-of-pearl with ducks swimming in a lotus pond and auspicious symbols. The exterior walls with flowers and Chinese characters. Condition: separating age cracks, few inlays lost, cover with an old rim loss, interior warped. Dimension: diameter 24.3 cm, 11.2 cm high.