A pierced fragment of an antique Tibetan or Nepalese torana, worked in copper repousse with remains of gilding and colors. Showing a caparisoned elephant with a snow lion on his back, lifting a deity riding on the mythical beast "sharabha". Condition: wear to gilding, slightly warped. Dimension: 36.5 cm high x 15 cm widw x 2.5 cm deep.
A fine pair of Kashmir lidded jars or vases. The copper base was first engraved with special tools to create the design in relief, the grooves were later filled with glass and then embellished with additional engraving and wonderful shiny gilding. This technique is called in India "meena" or "meenakari" and was first applied by the Mughal. Condition: fine, only one rim with a small dent and minor wear to gilding. Dimension: c. 18 cm high, diameter: c. 12.5 cm, total weight:
Kebutsu (lit. transformed Buddha) seated upon clouds, ichiboku-zukuri single-block wooden construction with lacquer/gilt/polychrome finish, displayed on a pierced-work gilt-copper keko (Buddhist ritual-use flower basket). The kebutsu early-Edo ca. 1650, the keko clearly dated to the third year of the Genroku Era (1680), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss and patination.
Kebutsu height: 13 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Depth: 5 cm
Keko diameter: 28 cm
Unusual mask with flat top, small forehead, relief pierced through eyes, protruding nose, open mouth showing pierced through teeth, short rounded chin. Wood, dark patina. Remnants of thin superimposed layers of polychrome pigments. Himalayan Region, early 19th century, probably earlier. Height: 10 1/4" (26 cm). The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand which enhances its strange beauty. Old accident at base of chin, some erosion and flaking, otherwise very good condition. Note: this pie...
Fudo-Myo (Skt. Acala Vidyaraja) standing upon a rock-form plinth, the left hand holding a rope (symbolizing the catching and binding-up of distracting demons) and the right hand positioned to hold a demon-slaying sword, now lost. Yosegi-zukuri joined-block wood construction, the eyes of inset crystal, finished in mineral-pigment polychrome and gilt, with decorative necklace in gilt-copper and colored glass, and arm, wrist, and ankle bracelets in gilt-copper. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Minor old wo...
A very ornate hand chased silver hip flask with a hinged rotating bayonet cap. Monogrammed on the cap, it also has the date 1892. There is a small dent on the cap. Measures 6” high x 3.5".
A beautiful 19th C. Japanese bronze suiteki water dropper for writing in the shape of sun burst. In excellent condition. W:13cm $485
A pair of rare 19th C Chinese hand carved hardwood, possibly Hong Mu wood, Scholars desk trays in a large lily pad leaf design with flower heads. Each being slightly different, one has a bird’s head and the other a nice protruding stem between the flower heads, they were made to be displayed together. These were finished with a mix of beeswax and a few other natural concoctions the Chinese used to seal the finish and give it a great mellow sheen. The beauty of the surfaces is that wheneve...
A fine Japanese incense burner, made of wood with pierced gilt copper lid, the interior with copper lining. On a black lacquer ground slightly raised decoration showing a landscape with rockwork and trees in different gold lacquer techniques. Condition: please look at the photos carefully, traces of age and usage, few small lacquer losses, rim with two cracks, lid slightly distorted. Dimension: c. 8.4 cm high, c. 4.8 cm long and wide.
Sho-Kannon Bosatsu seated on a lotus-form dais. Yosegi-zukuri joined wood-block construction, finished in lacquer and gilt, the ornamental head-piece in gilt-copper and the eyes of inset rock-crystal. Early-Edo Period ca. 1675. Excellent condition, with only minor old loss to the head-piece and loss of the rock-crystal originally inset in the urna, with desirable patination overall.
Overall height, including lotus-form dais: 36.5 cm
Height of Sho-Kannon figure only, including head-piece: 27...
Tea bowl with enamelled blue and gilt decoration, Jiaqing c 1800. The blue inside border with small stars in gilt makes it probable that the bowl was intended for the American market.
Height: 2" / 5 cm, diam: 3 1/2" / 9 cm.
Condition: rim frits.
A female deva (Jp. ten) holding a vajra staff (Jp. kongou houbou) in both hands, standing upon a rock-form dais and rectangular plinth, and backed by a halo-type mandorla (Jp. zu-ko), the entirety encased in a protective display case (Jp. zushi) in plain wood original to the sculpture. Yosegi-zukuri joined-block wooden construction, eyes of inset crystal, crown and necklace in gilt-copper and colored glass, finished in natural-pigment polychrome and gilt. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Excellent condi...
Antique 18th – early 19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Carved Dragon Belt Hook mounted as a magnifying glass handle in a gilt copper mount with engraved flowers and leaf decoration attached to a circular polished magnifying lens. A well carved belt hook with a large dragon head hook with bulging eyes, curled horns and pierced mouth. The body of the belt hook is carved with fine openwork with a writhing chilong holding lingzhi in its mouth. The reverse with a raised button.
In the late 19th ...
Large early Republic Chinese cloisonne lidded box on stand that could have graced a scholar’s desk. On each side is a 5 toed Imperial yellow dragon with the dragon on the lid chasing the flaming pearl of wisdom; all against a dark sky blue ground, the contrasting yellow stand really makes this piece stand out. The metal and wires are bronze gilt over copper. In excellent condition it measures 13.5" wide x 7" deep x 8.75" high
A Qajar papier-mache penbox with polychrome and gold decoration under a lacquered varnish. The top painted with a central medallion of Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus, the sides decorated with portrait roundels of young women and the rose and nightingale motif (gul-u-bulbul), against a transparent green lacquer on metal foil ground. The base and the sides of the sliding tray with flower scrolls in gold on a red ground. Provenance: a gentleman's collection, Geneva - Switzerland. Condition: traces of ...
Rare pair of foxes that guard a Inari shrine. One holding a jewel in the mouth, the other a key. Each squatting on a little pedestal. Earthenware with mineral color pigments red, blue, white and black. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
H 19-1/2 x W 6-1/2 x D 9 inches.
One tail restored, key broken and partially replaced for the sake of symmetry, few chips. All in all excellent condition.
Late 19c Chinese Blackwood or possibly Zitan wood brush pot in the classic style with smooth sides and a raised ring at mouth and bottom having 3 low standing low profile feet with drain hole in center bottom of pot. Carved from a single piece of wood, it still retains its original plug which is easily removed for drainage. In excellent condition commensurate with age, it measures 4-5/8" high x 4-1/8" diameter.
Incredible circa 1870s Cantonese export finely carved natural (no finish applied) sandalwood three place photo frame. This frame has the best fine carvings in minute detail of any Canton worked frame we have ever seen. It has adult and young Kylin animals along with figures, including a friar, in a central medallion, the finest carved pillars separating each lower photo area. There is so much over the top fine workmanship that is really hard to describe, and I am actually trying not to overst...