Chinese pottery well with green glaze, a tiny pavillion housing pulley on top, two dragon heads on the sides, and a bucket on the edge of the well. Drawing water from wells was an important daily activity in ancient China and this highly realistic model serves to reflect this aspect of life during the Han period. The last photo is the Han well in Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Age: China, Han Dynasty, 206 B.C. - A.D. 220
Measurement: Height 41.5 C.M...
Delightful Pair of very rare 19th Century Lanna Thai gilt wooden Buddhas in "Calling for Rain" Position. Finely carved, serene and with beautiful refined faces. Good condition, Size including base as carved from single piece of wood! Size: H. 25cm x W/D 7cm. Price is for EACH
This is a Pre-Columbian Frame of 28 ARCHAIC POINTS and one BLADE (cracked and glued) from various States throughout the Midwest and Southeastern USA, B.C. 4000 - 1000. It comes with locking, solid-wood frame. The blade measures 4 1/2" X 1 1/2". The points vary in size from 1 1/8" to 3" in length and 5/8" to 1 1/2" in width. The frame measures 12" X 18 1/4" X 2".
A pair of Japanese lacquered iron abumi (stirrups) decorated with gold lacquer on a roiro ground. It has butterfly family crests (mon) in the center of a scrolling leaf and flower border, the interior in red lacquer.
The butterfly design was a favorite among the aristocrats and was seen in their belongings, ox-carts and attire during the Heian period (794-1192). They were also seen in armor of the Heike (Taira family) before power was shifted to the Genji (Minamoto family) samurai...
Gold leaf and gilded molded gesso - circa 1880, ideal for oil paintings and mirrors. We stock original antique glass priced at 10 cents per square inch. Sight size 8-1/2"x11-1/2", Rabbet size 9"x12", Overall size 12-1/2"x15-1/2". ** WE GUARANTEE THE AUTHENTICITY OF OUR MERCHANDISE AS REPRESENTED. MEMBERS OF: THE ANTIQUES COUNCIL, THE VERMONT ANTIQUES DEALERS ASSOCIATION (VADA), THE CAPE COD ANTIQUE DEALERS ASSOCIATION (CCADA). ** BX17
shaped like a large flower -- maybe a sunflower, this well carved brushwasher was probably done in the early 20th Century. Diameter 9 cm, height 2.5 cm
Turn of the century antique Japanese bronze flower vase. Thick rings create an art deco feeling. Beautiful lines and rich coloration. c.1900. (9" x 5") (23cm x 11cm). EMS Shipping/Insurance to USA or Western Europe $80.
Uniquely figured diamond shaped bronze 'suiban' flower vessel for ikebana flower arrangement. Lovely Meiji Period c.1885 bronze featuring hexagonal diaper pattern representing tortoise shells and long life. Ever since the Nara Period, stylized tortoise shells have been a popular diaper design in Japanese art. Very rare design for a suiban flower vessel; most are rectangular. Excellent condition. c.1885. (18" x 13") (45cm x 32cm). EMS Shipping/Insurance to USA or Western Europe $110.
This antique Chinese hand carved wooden bobbin still has a length of home spun thread which winds around the middle. The bobbin shows extensive use, with some areas of paint and finish heavily patinated and other areas just worn away.
Rare Navajo Rocker Engraved Profile Spoon. Circa 1885-90. Totally rocker engraved, no stampwork. Interesting depiction of a Navajo man or woman in the bowl with hat and feathers. 5 1/2 inches in length. 1 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches bowl size. Incised file marks on the handle. A masterpiece of Navajo silversmithing.
This is a set of 8 small wine cups each with silver inlays. Six of them are virtually identical, two are not of the set. They were all used in a Hebei provincial household until being recently sold off. I have never seen so many at one go. The Zitan is fine, the silver inlays are as if they were drunk from a week ago. As is where is.
Desk decorating? Can't duplicate this original Victorian set of large nickel plated newspaper cutting scissors and letter opener with matching sheath in the style of WMF, circa 1900, the handles and sheath of beautifully cast with Art Nouveau style; blades are steel-cut and marked "Schnefel Bros, Germany;" condition: sheath case and handles in excellent condition, some minor nicks; measurement:, 11 3/4 inches in sheath. Letter opener- 8 3/8 in high.
In the tradition of the Victorian taste for taxidermy and the macabre, this unusual brass page turner is in the form of a chicken foot holding a feather, beautifully detailed and in perfect condition., circa 1890. Measures 9 3/8 in high. This is a wonderful desk accessory.
This magnificent handcrafted Art Nouveau figural brass letter opener is the nicest one I have seen, with intricate detailed "Spirit of Life" maiden wearing a flowing, draped gown, one arm resting on back of head, the other catching her windswept gown, standing on a base of sinewy bark surrounded by clover, circa 1890's, very heavy. Measurements: 10 in. high. Condition is near perfect.
A school of three finely shaded mackerel swim across a sea of mottled green on this 2.75 inch baluster form vase signed Ando Jubei. The upper rim is of copper, the lower silver.
An excellent piece with only the negligible pitting usual for the era.
With a height of 32 inches, this is a rare and impressive example of early 19th century Imari ware. Both the vase and stand are finely decorated in shades of blue, gold and orange.
Condition is excellent.
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted from a gray-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated on the backside to the second year of the Kanpo Era (1742), mid-Edo Period. A large natural fissure, as opposed to a crack or other damage, runs diagonally along a line from the head down through the right side of the figure's face and continues to the neckline. No repairs have been made...
Worn as a powerful amulet, this silver ornament was sewn to the clothing of a woman of the Teke Turkomen nomadic tribe of the Central Asian steppes. Such ornaments hung in profusion from both the front and back of clothes, and were attached to headpieces and hair of young women to ward off evil and attract good fortune. The central shape of this one, a triangle bordered in braided silver wire, is an ancient symbol of fertility. The upper termination may represent a stylized animal horn...