A charming portrait miniature in watercolor on ivory of a young girl, by British artist Thomas Redmond, circa 1775. The child wears a white dress with a large pink sash; she has curly blond hair and bright blue eyes. Born circa 1745, Redmond was the son of a clergyman and apprenticed as a housepainter before giving it up to move to London to study art. He exhibited at the Free Society of Artists, 1762-1771, and at the Royal Academy, 1775-1783. Very good condition; there’s a chi to the edge...
A fantastic Clarissa Peters (Mrs. Mose B. Russell) mourning painting of a baby and toddler. Peters chose a simple palette of white and bluish-gray to emphasize the ethereal and ephemeral nature of the painting, reserving the use of colors to the hair, lips, and eyes of the subjects. Known for painting children, Peters' mourning paintings are scarce, and double mourning portraits are exponentially rarer yet.
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Wonderful detailed Miniature Portait of a Lady of the Court with fine gown and jewels. It is in original red velvet frame which measures 4.5" tall. Portrait is appx 3.25" tall. Painted on Ivory wafer and signed by artist, this is European in Origin. I just love the fine detail in her garb and elaborate jewelry. Condition is Very Good. You will be pleased, it is hard to let go of this one.
A fine Chinese trade miniature portrait, painted in oil colors on a rectangular ivory plaque. Depicting a traditionally dressed young Chinese Lady, the jewelry highlighted with gold and white drops. Framed in a 19th century daguerreotype case. Condition: a tiny color loss, not originally framed. Dimension: case: c. 11.8 cm x 9.4 cm.
A charming, signed, pastel portrait by Dorothy Colles (1917-2003) who was (according to an obituary published in the Independent newspaper) "gifted in portraits of children". This picture was drawn circa 1963 (please see our other Colles picture) and was a commissioned piece for an advertising poster. Dorothy Colles has exhibited through the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painting. Condition - excellent. The picture 20 inches by 17.7 inches (51cm x 45cm). The original frame - 23...
Seated Bosatsu (Skt. Bodhisattva) sculpted in relief from a fine-grained igneous stone, the hands forming the gassho adoration mudra and supporting a long-stemmed lotus blossom. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1775. Very minor old loss. Patchy-white lichen accumulation.
Height: 63 cm
A charming seated Bosatsu, boldly executed and fairly massively scaled. The white patches are dried lichen, not repairs.
The lotus-form dais shown in the photographs is not included.
MINI MONSTER CHAWAN
A lump of failed layered-biscuit object of Japanese proto-pottery bowls called ‘Yamajawan’ (Yama-Chawan / lit. ‘Mountain tea bowl’)
stuck to each other in the kiln-firing, ca. Kamakura-Muromachi period (1185-1573) or later, approx. H 9.5 x D 17cm (3.74 x 6.69in)
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NUPTIAL OCTAGONAL SEWING BOX
Traditional Korean octagonal sewing box sent to a bride-to-be from a groom-to-be, as a light-weight paper-mache gem with comma-shaped heraldic design and Chinese characters, with the sense of profound presence. Mid-Late 20th century.
approx. H 16.8 x D 27cm (6.61 x 10.62in). Not losing original shape as is, and with repaired surface coated in lacquer in the later years.
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Jeannette Glass Company made Floral from 1931-35. There are no chips or cracks in the glass. Thanks for looking.
Handwritten illustrated 'Oraimono' (Old Japanese textbook) used at Terakoya (Temple school) in Edo-Meiji period, 19th century, probably for the teacher because filled out with the answers, 62 pp, 99 graphs, approx. 16.3 x 12 x 1.5cm (6.41 x 4.72 x 0.59in). Damaged front cover and beginning pages due to aging as is as seen.
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Bunch of Washi (Japanese paper) from the unbound Daifukucho (Japanese account books), including some coated in Kakishibu (Persimmon tannin). Usage unknown, but probably used for some material. Meiji-Taisho period, early 20th century.
Mostly approx. 120 x 31cm (47.24 x 12.20in), and small one is approx. 86 x 31cm (33.85 x 12.20in)
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NUPTIAL EMBROIDERED SILK POUCH FOR SPOON AND CHOPSTICKS
Mid-Late 20th century, Korea, approx. 27 x 9.5cm (10.62 x 3.74in). Handmade embroideries of flowers and animals at the front, and also auspicious single Chinese character which stand for 'Fortune' and ‘Congratulations',
the idiom which stands for “Peacefulness", and the other idiom which stands for the pray for the birth of many boys at the backside. Some expected stains due to aging as is as seen. (*...
KOREAN WOODEN RITUAL TRAY
Originally actually used as the traditional ritual tray for votive offering in Korean Peninsula in early 20th century. Appliable to flower stand as well. approx. 22.5 x 22 x H 10.5cm (8.85 x 8.66 x 4.13in).
Fine used condition with some expected stains and scratches as is as seen.
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Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Dish (15th Century)
This fine porcelain dish was made during the 15th century. It is quite "heavily-potted" and decorated in an elaborate floral pattern featuring chrysanthemums around a central rock. As well as being an emblem of autumn, the chrysanthemum represents steadfast friendship; the rock represents durability and steadfastness.
This dish is of a good size with a diameter of 19.5 cm (7.5 inches). It is in fine condition with a good ri...
Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl with Ming Mark
This blue & white porcelain bowl was made during the 16th century. Both the inner and outer surfaces are extensively decorated with a variety of floral patterns, including lotus, a symbol of purity and perfection, and pine, a symbol of strength and longevity. To the base is a four-character Ming Dynasty mark.
It is larger than the majority of Ming blue & white bowls with a diameter of 18 cm (7 inches). It is in fine ...
Japanese wooden (driftwood or gnarl) decoy-like ‘okimono’ (ornament specially for ‘tokonoma’ (alcove of Japanese tea room)) of wild duck or some waterfowl that applies the form created by natural forces to its main body with less human processing and arrangement as is. 20th century. approx. 30 x 14 x H 13cm (11.81 x 5.51 x 5.11in).
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Presented as a historical and cultural artifact, this seldom-found, vintage, 1942, Ten Little Colored Boys book illustrated by Emery I. Gondor and published by Howell, Soskin Publishers, New York, is in near excellent condition.
Measuring 10.75 inches wide x 8.25 inches long, the book has seen extremely gentle use as evidenced by the perfect condition of the little boys' heads which, while providing visual interest, are primarily present to allow easy turning of each page. Given this purpo...
Fine Rare Chinese Yuan Dynasty Burnished Black Pottery Round Box
We have recently been lucky enough to have acquired a collection of very rare examples of burnished black pottery items made during the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368). Such items are relatively unknown and very little has been published about them. They are found in the northern provinces, particularly Gansu province in the north-west.
This fine-quality black pottery black has a highly polished/burnished surface making it pa...