Fabulously art deco Late Meiji Period/ Early Taisho Period Morita Chikuami bamboo flower basket.
Signed on the reverse with an incised signature by the artist: Chikuami Tsukuru or Made by Chikuami (Morita Chikuami, the go or art name of Morita Shintaro). Taisho era, circa 1920.
The artist formed the body with basic twill plaiting made irregular by skipping over stays. Wider sections of split bamboo overlay the entire basket...
Chinese porcelain planter in a squared form tapering slightly towards the base, incised with imagery of birds perching, grapes and coiling vines, blooming flowers against a yellow enamel ground. The upper and lower part of the planter with bands of archaic scrolls in cobalt blue. The rim has red floral scrolling motifs. The base is marked "China" in red. With dense carved wooden stand of an inverted lotus form.
Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 6" x 6" h (10 1/4" x 7 1/2" x 8 1/4" h on base)
Antique Sino-Tibetan cloisonne enamel bronze container in the form of a kapala or skull cup. The lid has a four prong vajra finial, and is decorated with intricate enamel design of floral scrolls, lotuses, waves, and four points around the vajra finial. The container's interior is done in red enamel, and the base is done in white enamel with a red cranial fissure line to emulate a skull...
Interesting larger Elephant Opium Weight, 5 Bath Siam, Lanna, 18th.-19th. century.
The weight in a tin content greyish bronze, as typical on the earlier types of the Elephant bronze weight.
Weight: 65,5 grams, Elephant weights very rarely exceeds 65 grams, so this is a bigger one
Condition: Choice, much smooth wear, dark greyish brown bronze patina...
A scarce and beautiful Lanna bronze Goat-shaped Opium weight standing on a oval base. Very early weight dating before 1800s and possible much older, around 16th.-17th. century.
Nicely detailed and spendid weight.
Weight 40 grams.
Condition: Choice, exceptional, thick almost ancient style patina and surface, very attractive...
Moulded foo dog with turquoise glaze, altar piece used for candles or joss sticks. Wear to the glaze. Ca. 16th/17th century. H. 16 cm.
A superb quality rare bronze opium weight of a Horse with saddle, Siam / Lanna, ca. 17th.-18th. century.
The weight detailed and attractive, standing on a oval base with verticals, bottom hollowed.
Weight: ca. 35,39 grams...
Large flat figure wearing a skirt, a turban and appliques. Condition: damage to the appliques, left arm repaired. Provenance: Arte Primitivo, New York, September 2005. H. 19 cm.
A scarce larger, authentic bronze Opium Weight in the shape of a bridled and sadled Horse, Laotian at least 17th-19th. century.
A nice old Weight, depicting a very robust Horse with fine thick greyish tinned patina, looks like old silver!
Weight: 57,8 grams (equal to 5 Kyat).
Condition: Choice, smooth wear and many marks from old use, exceptional patina...
Small ewer decorated with a ram’s head. Covered with a turquoise glaze. H. 15 cm, diameter 8 cm. Condition: restored at the neck and handle.
Provenance: Dutch private collection.
A wonderful set of two 2 Tical To or Beast Opium Weights with different bases, Octagonal and square, one Alaungpaya war issue, ca. 1751 and one King Bodawpayas War campaign from ca. 1782 AD
Weight: 32,6 and 31,8 grams respectively
Condition: Choice, fine patinas and greyish surfaces.
Reff: Leif Bering Mikkelsen, reff...
A scarce set of three small Opium Weights, Beast/To/Chinthe, Burmese, c. late 18th. century.
This type of weight is rather scarce in the very small values or denominations; here's a 30,74 grams, 16,26 grams and 15,64 grams weight in the same lot. This equals to 2 and 1 tical Weights!
Made in fine high tin content bronze, that gives the surface a silvery shine.
Condition: Choice, fine smooth wear and patinas.
Reff: See Leif B. Mikkelsen 'Opium Weights', p...
A very nice Burmese Hamsa Bird opium weight, issued from 1820.
Unusual version of the Hexagonal base, finely modelled bird, high quality workmanship for type.
Weight: ca. 320 grams.
Condition: Choice, superb surfaces with a thin chokolate brown patina.
Provenance: Important Danish Private Collection of Opium Weights, collected between 1970s-1990 with a focus on the rare to very rare weights from different places in SE Asia.
A beautiful and authentic bronze Opium Weight in the shape of a Fish, Laos, ca. later 18th. century.
The few specimen we've seen of this illusive Weight have clearly been fakes, this is an authentic Weight with a terrific old Patina...
Rare Japanese Yonazawa Keyaki (zelkova) burl front tansu with original golden honey lacquer finish. The round lock plates on each drawer feature the emblem of the Taira clan, whose mon is the swallowtail butterfly or ageha.
The Taira were one of the four important clans that dominated Japanese politics during the Heian period (794–1185) – the others were the Fujiwara clan, the Tachibana clan and the Minamoto clan.
Meiji period (1868-1912)
This Thasos silver tetradrachm coin is superb quality grade (EF+/EF+), and dates circa 2nd-1st century B.C. This superb graded piece is approximately 33 mm wide, and weighs 16.7 gms. This attractive piece has a very realistic looking young bust of Dionysus seen on the obverse (Obv.), wreathed with grape leaves and bunches. The reverse (Rev.) shows a muscular nude standing Herakles, holding a club in his right hand, and over his left arm, a cloak made from the skin of the Nemean lion. The (Re...
Ancient Moche solid cast silver Tumi Sceptre c 300 AD with Warriors or high priest Lords. Fine sculpture and casting with inlaid stone eyes headdress ear flairs and shields. Xrf testing done for content appraised and authenticated by Lowell Collins with paperwork.
The sceptre came from a 1960s Texas collection. Weight is 292g silver and is 9.5" long and 2 ' wide at the top.
Beautiful and Rare 19th Century Korean Elm Wood Document Box with a patina and grain of gorgeous color and texture and lovely floral metalwork with plum blossoms (a symbol of courage because the plum blossoms early, before winter is quite finished) and chrysanthemum (a symbol of plenty or fertility because of its many petals). For a similar example, see page 69 of Traditional Korean Furniture by Man Sill Pai and Edward Reynolds Wright. 13 x 13 x 7.5 inches, 33 x 33 x 19 cm.