A Mandarin square dating from the late Qing period. A male front insignia with an appliqued wild goose bird, denoting the fourth civil rank. Counting stitch embroidery on gauze in vivid colored silks, the sun disk worked in coral beads and surrounded by metal thread. Brocade bordering and brown silk lining. Condition: minimal wear and few loose threads. Dimension: total: 28.9 cm high x 30.3 cm wide.
Small bronze altar (pancayatana) made for home worship. Flat plinth on four feet with the figures of Annapurna, Ganesha and Nandi sitting around a Shiva lingam, further the symbols of sun, moon and the five balls (pancapinda). From a Swiss lady's private collection. Condition: base with an old repair, two holes maybe once for additional symbols or figures. Dimension: 10.5 cm long x 8 cm deep x 5.7 cm high.
Small Indian mask cast in bronze or brass, finely engraved. Depicting the crowned head of a male deity with bulging eyes and moustache. Karnataka / Maharashtra c. 19th century. From a Swiss lady's private collection. Condition: fine. Dimension: 12 cm high x 12 cm wide x 8.5 cm deep.
An original Japanese color woodblock print by the artist Keisai Eisen (1791-1848), in oban yoko-e size. Depicting two women walking in the snow along the Sumida river. Condition: very good impression, still good colors, centerfold, lower rim with few small wormholes, slightly soiled, laid down at upper corners in matt. Dimension: 23.8 cm x 37.8 cm.
An original Japanese color woodblock print by the artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). He produced around 1800 many surimono (prints made for special occasions) for kyoka poetry. Unsigned. Condition: good impression, faded, soiled and creased, laid down at upper corners. Dimension: 13.5 cm x 27.6 cm.
An original Japanese color woodblock print by the artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). He produced around 1800 many surimono (prints made for special occasions) for kyoka poetry. Signed "Hokusai ga". Condition: good impression, faded, soiled and creased, laid down at upper corners. Dimension: 12.9 cm x 27.2 cm.
An original Japanese color woodblock print in oban size by the artist Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806), from the series "Yoshiwara Niwaka", published around 1795 by Tsutaya Juzaburo. Depicting seven women preparing to carry a portable Shinto shrine ("mikoshi"). Condition: very good impression, colors good, little rubbed and soiled, two corners with few creases, laid down at upper corners in folder. Dimension: 32.8 cm x 22.8 cm.
A small midnight blue silk panel, maybe a former sleeve band, brocaded with gold threads in two different tones. Decorated with phoenixes, four-clawed dragons, an auspicious Chinese character, bats and waves. Bordered with silk and backed with cotton fabric. Condition: partial little wear and stained area. Dimension: total: 67.5 cm x 26.8 cm.
Circular porcelain plaque, dating to the late Qing period. The center painted in the Qianjiang Palette with temples and people in a mountainous river landscape. The border decorated in green, iron red and gold with birds. Condition: no repairs and cracks - little wear and impurities, rim frittings and flakes, base with few adhering kiln grit. Dimension: diameter: 29.8 cm, 1.3 cm thick.
Circular porcelain plaque made for the Straits Chinese market, once used as an insert for a piece of furniture. Beautifully enameled with phoenix and dragon on a yellow ground. Condition: rim with chipped areas due to former mounting. Dimension: diameter: 28.6 cm, 0.6 cm thick.