Height: 34 1/2 inches (87.6 cm)
Width: 21 1/2 inches (54.6 cm)
Depth: 11 1/4 inches (28.5 cm)
A large rectangular porcelain plaque decorated with various colored enamels with a Ribbon-tailed bird and camellias growing from rock work, cased in a nanmu frame and zitan stand. The plaque is inscribed on the bottom left 蔚川寫生 with artist seal, but the inscription is partially hidden by the frame and only visible when the plaque is removed from the frame.
The Ribbon-tailed bird is a symbol of Longevity and the camellia is a flower of spring, symbolizing eternal youth.
Height: 24 inches
Width: 29 inches
Comprising eight porcelain panels of rectangular, square and circular form, decorated in underglaze blue with a mountainous landscape and stylized floral patterns, the panels cased with nanmu burl wood frames, the stand and outer-frame finely carved from a dark hardwood with bats and floral motifs. The table screen dismantles into seventeen sections.
Height: 5 3/4 inches
Diameter: 10 1/4 inches
The domed cover deeply relief carved with figures in an extensive garden landscape set with trees and pavilions on a diaper ground, the sloping sides carved with peony, chrysanthemum, rose and lotus cartouches.
Length : 9 1/2 in. (23.8 cm.)
Height (with stand): 6 5/8 in. (16.5 cm.)
A brushwasher carved from limestone, also known as "Duan" stone, a depiction of a large lotus leaf overlapped with smaller leaves, blossoms, two crabs, a frog and shells, together with a tall and elaborate original stand carved with lotus flowers and leaves.
Provenance: Texas collection
Length: 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.)
Width: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.)
A very well carved water container decorated with gnarled branches of blossoming prunus, the surface nicely patinated.
Provenance: A Texas Collection
Length: 6 in. (15.3cm.)
Forming a double-gourd decorated in relief with two crabs and reed in brown and dark green glaze on a celadon ground, the unglazed interior of the lower section forming a the inkstone surface with a smaller receptacle for water decorated with persimmon glaze, the uper part serving as a water dropper with an opening at the stem of the grourd. The base is unglazed and bears a six-character Kangxi mark in a square recess with persimmon glaze.
The two crabs and reed is a wish of success for the Civil Service Exams.
Provenance: Jana Volf
Height: 3 in. (7.4 cm.)
Width: 2 in. (5 cm.)
Of pale yellow color with veining of various shades of red, carved with two toads and scolling water, standing on a large square platform incised on the base in raised archaic character 不 积 非 分 过 量 之 财 供 愚 昧 子 孙 无 为 徒 食 之 资.
The inscription can be translated to "Don't save too much money for your successors, in case they become foolish and inactive, only relying on their inherited property to feed themselves".
Provenance: Private collection, Chicago
A Y-shaped branching black lingbi rock with openwork design, fitted in a wooden stand.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Works of Art (2009), cat. no. 58
Length: 2 1/8 in (5.3 cm)
This foo-lion, used as a scroll weight, embodies all the characteristic fierceness found exclusively in the Kangxi period, with the face sharing similarities to dragons of that reign. The detail of the twisting torso is very compelling. The foo-lion extends one paw to hold the brocade ball from which streamers arise.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Works of Art (2009), cat. no. 43