Antique Asian Works of Art from Ancient East
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1292836 (stock #SCH369)
Ancient East
$255
DESCRIPTION: One of the necessary calligraphy tools on the Chinese scholar’s table was a small container to hold water and drip it onto the inkstone for the purpose of mixing the ground ink. These small but important objects were crafted so that one measured drop at a time could be poured to ensure the proper ratio of ink to water while mixing. This bulbous blue and white ceramic dripper would have been submerged in water to fill, and then held between the thumb and forefinger with the thumb...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Pre 1900 item #1292501 (stock #W-MTL2)
Ancient East
$895
DESCRIPTION: A superb solid copper Spanish Colonial cooking pot with a wide banded straight neck and hand hammered bulbous body. Large handmade brads hold the thick copper sheets in place, and two sturdy rings hang from downward curling supports. PROVENANCE: Sourced in Chile while on a South American buying trip; early to mid 1800's. This is a magnificent, solid pot in excellent original condition with age appropriate wear and patina. DIMENSIONS: 11" high (28 cm) x 12" diameter (30.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1837 VR item #1292351 (stock #FIG88)
Ancient East
$1,295
DESCRIPTION: A captivating pair of lacquered figural candle pricks, each in the form of a smiling attendant with hand on hip, wearing a banded hat and holding aloft a candle dish. The figures themselves are hand crafted of solid brown lacquer around a wire frame, while the flared bases are wood blocks covered in brown lacquer. This unusual, rare pair date from approximately 1750 – 1850, and are in remarkable condition with the expected age wear to the lacquered surface. DIMENSIONS: Each app...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1292244 (stock #LC55)
Ancient East
$880
DESCRIPTION: From our Southeast Asia Collection, a large and classic 19th century Burmese Hsun-ok constructed of wood that was first lacquered in black, and then covered in successive layers of cinnabar colored lacquer called hinthabada. Over time, through use and handling, the cinnabar lacquer has worn off in some areas to reveal the black lacquer base coat underneath, resulting in an attractive negoro effect. This particular vessel has graceful, stepped shoulders, a tall spire with large ce...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1980 item #1292011 (stock #W-JO11)
Ancient East
$645
DESCRIPTION: A stunning Navajo sterling silver Bisbee blue turquoise cuff bracelet by Navajo silver artist, Henry Davis. Ten heavenly blue cabochons are set between silver beads and scalloped silver edges which are stamped in a sunburst design. This is a truly beautiful bracelet, very wearable, and in perfect condition with no chipped stones. The inside is hallmarked "HD" and stamped "Sterling." If you desire a bracelet with matching necklace, see the last two photos where this bracelet is sh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #1291926 (stock #SAO206)
Ancient East
$465
DESCRIPTION: A large, ten pronged tortoise shell comb made for the European market (Victorian era, circa 1880-1890). The fashion of the day included large elaborate combs placed in upswept hair, and this one is a real beauty! The curved prongs and scalloped crown are from a single piece of shell which is mounted with three large round beads and two carved triangular designs. Very good condition with only a couple of tiny nits that are difficult to even see. DIMENSIONS: 6 ½” long (16.5 cm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1291737 (stock #FIG80)
Ancient East
$2,450
DESCRIPTION: A pair of polychrome figures engaged in joyful dance, one male and one female, mounted on display stands. These colorful hand carved figures, called "Nats" or nature spirits, are dressed in traditional Thai costumes with the male figure wearing a tiger head cap. Prior to the advent of Buddhism, the Thai people were animists who worshipped a series of nature spirits called Nats. Later these were incorporated into Buddhism and often Nat statues will be found in Buddhist temples. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1291632 (stock #SCH383)
Ancient East
$940
DESCRIPTION: A good Chinese scholar’s brushpot, carved in deep relief with a continuous mountain landscape scene framed by gnarled pine trees and depicting two groups of scholars, some examining a scroll and others in a boat. The base and rim are encased in hardwood and the pot is engraved with a two line inscription. Very good condition, latter Qing Dynasty, 19th to early 20th C. DIMENSIONS: 6 ½” high (16.5 cm) x 6” diameter (15.2 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1920 item #1291380 (stock #W-FIG2)
Ancient East
$1,100
DESCRIPTION: A large, fantastic Mexican folk art carving of a mermaid / merman, fashioned to be worn as a "body mask" during festivals. This extraordinary and well carved piece consists of the bearded head of a merman, two moveable arms with wood dowels, a center circular brace for slipping over the head (worn on the shoulders to support the whole figure), and a gracefully curled fish tail with fins. Painted in bright colors, its condition is excellent with only the expected usage wear. This ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1920 item #1291308 (stock #CP103)
Ancient East
$1,550
DESCRIPTION: A large and quite fantastic Sumida Gawa vase with ribbed body, four large figures in high relief, and wide flared mouth. A thick, traditional flambe' glaze in dark brown and white covers the mouth and neck, and flows down the shoulders. Fine attention to detail has been paid to the four large handmade figures, all characters from Japanese lore, standing on ledges against the ribbed body. Inoue (Ryosai) maker's mark in oval-shaped appliqué toward the base, representing a family ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Latin American : Textiles : Pre 1980 item #1291074 (stock #W-RG10)
Ancient East
$295
DESCRIPTION: A colorful hand woven rug with red borders and hexagonal designs on a light blue ground. This flat weave rug is reversible and is in excellent condition (bright colors, thick pile, no stains or losses). After purchase, all of our textiles are professionally cleaned and stored until sold. Sourced in Chile while on a buying trip, this rug would make an attractive area rug or wall hanging. DIMENSIONS: 37.5" long (95.2 cm) x 25.25" wide (64 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1290985 (stock #FIG58)
Ancient East
$1,295
DESCRIPTION: A large and delightful carved wood figure of one of the seven Japanese gods of good fortune, Daikoku, the deity of prosperity. Here he is seen in his traditional pose, standing on two bales of rice with his wish-granting mallet in his right hand, and a bag of riches slung over his left shoulder. Daikoku is also venerated as the deity of the kitchen where such carvings were traditionally displayed, sometimes in the ceiling rafters for good luck. A wonderful mingei piece, his happ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #1290887 (stock #CL61)
Ancient East
$1,465
DESCRIPTION: A colorful pair of Chinese cloisonne deer, both standing foursquare with heads turned, their bodies decorated with a profusion of designs including dragons and taotie masks, all on a turquoise blue ground. These are a nice larger size, perfect for a table centerpiece. Republic Period (1911 - 1949); very good condition. DIMENSIONS: Each 15.5" long (39.3 cm) x 15" high (38 cm).
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1980 item #1290742 (stock #W-JO9)
Ancient East
$455
DESCRIPTION: A lovely sterling silver necklace consisting of three silver feathers, each terminating in a leaf and flower design and each attached to a natural, light blue turquoise cabochon with brown matrix (veining) centered between them. Very attractive, perfect condition, excellent workmanship and very wearable. Signed: "D" (John Delvin, master Navajo silversmith). See the last photo showing this necklace with other pieces from our Native American jewelry collection. DIMENSIONS: 18" le...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1290426 (stock #FIG90)
Ancient East
$385
DESCRIPTION: A well carved and expressive Balinese Barong mask, carved entirely from a single piece of wood. This fierce looking lion-dog is considered a protector against evil. Carved with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and bared teeth, he is ready to pounce on any evil spirits that might be lurking nearby. The skill of the carver is evident in the three dimensional quality of the mask, the details of the lion's curled hair and the gilded decorations around the ears and brows. This mask is ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1970 item #1290310 (stock #TX58)
Ancient East
$995
DESCRIPTION: A fine two piece batik jacket and matching vest by the ethnic minority tribe “Ge,” a subgroup of the Miao culture. The Ge people live along the banks of the Chong-an-jiang River in Guizhou Province and are superlative batik artisans.

For this labor intensive creation, hot wax was applied to the thick cloth in geometric designs consisting of a background of “wheels” edged in wide linear borders. The cloth was then dyed in indigo, dried, and the wax melted and washed o...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1950 item #1290163 (stock #W-PT1)
Ancient East
$295
DESCRIPTION: An intricately painted Native American pottery seed pot or bowl, dating from the early to mid 20th C. (1930 - 1950). This ovoid pot is painted in concentric circular bands of geometric designs separated by red stripes on a taupe colored ground. On the bottom is written "#22 Vase Navajo Ariz," along with other collectors' identification marks and numbering systems. Very good condition, minor scuffs and pockmarks; no chips, cracks or restorations. DIMENSIONS: 5" high (12.7 cm) x 9...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1290049 (stock #SCH370)
Ancient East
$995
DESCRIPTION: A beautiful and rarely seen scholar’s ink stone housed in a tortoise shell box. The overlaid tortoise shell has striking patterns and is in very good condition with no losses and only very minor scuffing. The interior of the box is finished in black lacquer with the surface of the fitted duan stone slightly angled to pool water at one end. Qing Dynasty, 19th C. DIMENSIONS: 5 3/8” long (13.6 cm) x 4” wide (10.2 cm) x 2 ¼” high (5.7 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1289902 (stock #PTF61)
Ancient East
$4,975
DESCRIPTION: This large and impressive Chinese porcelain goose, painted in a famille rose pallet, is seated on folded legs with upturned tail and rests on a raised, fitted wood stand. Modeled with a slightly turned head and erect wings that touch at the tips, the body is enameled in a yellow ground with a pink bat and green scrolling vine motif, the lightly molded and naturalistically marked feathers in shades of blue and green. Unmarked base but judged to be late Qianlong to Jiaqing Periods ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Latin American : Handiwork : Pre 1980 item #1289625 (stock #W-FIG5)
Ancient East
$180
DESCRIPTION: Oaxacan woodcarvings, also known as alebrijes, have been a tradition for generations in several small villages outside the capital of Oaxaca, Mexico. It has only been in the past 40 years that these beautifully carved and painted figures have become popular, and are now collected worldwide. Using rudimentary tools, these Mexican artists create fascinating figures out of fresh-cut copal wood. After drying and sanding, the carvings are meticulously painted with intricate patterns and...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1289367 (stock #SCH279)
Ancient East
$275
DESCRIPTION: A large Qing Dynasty artist’s calligraphy brush fashioned from wood and carved in a naturalistic design. The long black bristles are attached to a bulbous ferrule with the handle carved in a design reminiscent of bamboo leaves. This is a substantial, sturdy brush that shows usage wear and minor splitting on the handle. DIMENSIONS: 17 ¼” long (43.8 cm).
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1980 item #1289162 (stock #W-JO17)
Ancient East
$795
DESCRIPTION: A beautifully crafted Navajo sterling and natural coral cuff bracelet . This bracelet features thirteen natural, dark red coral stones mounted on a 1 1/8" wide silver cuff between a scrolling border of stamp work, twisted wire, and silver beads. This cuff looks beautiful on the wrist; the inside is stamped "STERLING." See the last photo showing this bracelet with other pieces from our Native American jewelry collection. DIMENSIONS: 6 1/2" circumference (16.5 cm); medium adult ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1288442 (stock #WD44)
Ancient East
$1,850
DESCRIPTION: A large, boldly colored Chinese ancestor portrait featuring seven generations of mandarins and their wives. Such paintings were commissioned by descendants, and this one is executed in classic ancestral portrait style with the unsmiling subjects facing directly forward and seated on chairs with rounded backs, the men with hands and shoes showing and the women with their robes completely covering hands and feet.

A mandarin was a highly educated civil official who had passed a s...

All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Pre 2000 item #1288230 (stock #BK6)
Ancient East
$55
DESCRIPTION: “Tibetan Art: Tracing the Development of Spiritual Ideals and Art in Tibet, 600 – 2000 AD” is a treasure trove of the creativity Tibet has harbored over the centuries. Amy Heller places Tibetan art into an historical and social setting, and has richly illustrated this work with over 120 color and 147 black and white photographs. Heller shows how the aesthetics of Buddhism, monasteries, Dali Lamas, renowned artists and outside influences, together with the country’s topogra...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Latin American : Textiles : Pre 1980 item #1287854 (stock #W-RG9)
Ancient East
$360
DESCRIPTION: A delightful hand-woven, flat weave llama wool rug made by native tribes from the Andes of Peru. This long runner is divided into three distinct patterns, the large outer border with colorful Inca figures in ceremonial headdresses, a middle border of fanciful fish which alternate facing left and right, and a center panel with a multitude of animals and insects including a llama, cat, butterfly, spider, swan, frog and duck. This vibrant, flat-weave rug is completely reversible and...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1287370 (stock #SN109)
Ancient East
$495
DESCRIPTION: An unusual and quite old (18th C.) copper box toggle in the form of a peach, the Chinese symbol of longevity. Probably used as both a toggle and tobacco container, the two halves have a tightly fitting overlapping seal, with two loops forming the hinge at the stem point. This large solid copper toggle has a rich, aged patina and is in fine condition with minor signs of wear, as to be expected. DIMENSIONS: Approximately 2 1/4” long, tip to tip (5.7 cm) x 1 ¾” diameter (4.5 cm). ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1920 item #1287196 (stock #SB117)
Ancient East
$750
DESCRIPTION: A finely painted Chinese glass snuff bottle in flattened rectangular form, each side featuring a lohan (a Buddhist disciple) in landscape settings, one with a crouching dragon and the other with a playful foo lion. Above each lohan is a poem in fine calligraphy with red seal marks. Aventurine stopper, in excellent condition, early 20th C. DIMENSIONS: 3 ¼” high (8.3 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Implements : Pre 1837 VR item #1285640 (stock #W-MS1)
Ancient East
$385
DESCRIPTION: A classic and quite old pair of hand carved South American wood stirrups. The Guacho of Argentina, the Morochucos of Peru and the Hauso of Chile all preferred large wooden "shoes" for use as stirrups rather than the more prevalent iron stirrup. These stirrups cover the whole front of the foot, which can be an advantage when riding through tall brush. This pair has good age and obvious usage; we estimate them to date from the early 1800's. Each shoe is carved from a single piece...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1285500 (stock #FIG86)
Ancient East
$1,895
DESCRIPTION: In Japanese lore, there are countless tales about the mischievous Tanuki, a real animal native to Japan. Masked like a raccoon but big and stocky like a badger, they are said to have supernatural powers to transform into any living or inanimate shape. Often they assume the form of a monk, as our Tanuki does here. This Tanuki okimono is hand crafted from a single piece of wood in the best of Mingei traditions. Dressed as a monk in a long robe, this charming Tanuki stands at an a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1837 VR item #1285146 (stock #WD29)
Ancient East
$1,660
DESCRIPTION: A pair of rare Qing Dynasty (early 1800's) ancestor portraits of miniature size, framed in an archival, off-white silk matt. Both figures are seated on horseshoe back chairs with tiger skin drapes, the husband in a bright blue robe with black silk overcoat, his rank badge displayed on his chest; the wife in a bright orange-red coat, teal colored skirt, and elaborate headdress. Both are well painted with detailed, lifelike features. Portraits of this size are very rare as most anc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1284962 (stock #JHS174)
Ancient East
$1,450
DESCRIPTION: A well carved cylindrical jade cricket box, the body carved and pierced from white jade in a leaf and flower pattern, with a dark cyan colored jade lid, pierced and carved in the same pattern. The box is raised on an ebony stand with three feet. Dating from the first half of the 20th C., this cricket box is in excellent condition. DIMENSIONS: 3 1/8" high (8 cm) x 2" diameter.

CULTURAL BACKGROUND: Keeping crickets is a tradition in China, with cricket boxes made in a vari...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1837 VR item #1284829 (stock #MS56)
Ancient East
$1,295
DESCRIPTION: A rare and quite old Japanese lute, or sanshin, originating from the island of Okinawa. The sanshin (literally meaning "three strings") is an Okinawan musical instrument, and the precursor of the Japanese shamisen. Often likened to a banjo, it consisted of a snakeskin-covered body, neck and three strings, and was known for its calming tune. This sanshin, dating from the late 18th C. to early 19th C, Edo Period, has a rounded wooden body covered with the original snakeskin on both...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1980 item #1284563 (stock #W-JO7)
Ancient East
SOLD
DESCRIPTION: A beautiful Navajo squash blossom necklace with twelve blossoms of graduated size and a 3 1/4" naja with dangle, all set with lovely cabochons of blue turquoise with chocolate brown veining, mounted on a silver bead necklace. Each stone is partially covered with leaf-form silver appliqué work; twisted silver wire borders the bezels. Dating from the second half of the 20th C., the necklace is in excellent condition with no broken pieces or missing stones. The stones are undamaged...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1284101 (stock #LC51)
Ancient East
$1,495
DESCRIPTION: Dramatic in its bold yet simple design, this Japanese lacquer box makes a striking statement. The background of this large box is lacquered in a mirror-like, black ro-iro ground, with a vivid gold lacquer design on the lid of bamboo superimposed over a ginko leaf, all within a gold circle. The box is supported on four curved feet, and the interiors are brilliantly lacquered in orange-red. This box is in excellent condition, with very minor “bumps” to the outer lid, and the r...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1950 item #1283858 (stock #SN84)
Ancient East
$395
DESCRIPTION: An unusual netsuke featuring an abalone shell crafted from wavy burl wood with an ivory lobster perched on top. The lobster’s curled antennas are made of metal, and on the underside of the shell a signature is etched into the wood. Early to mid 20th century in very good condition. DIMENSIONS: 1 ¾” long (4.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1283534 (stock #LC47)
Ancient East
$495
DESCRIPTION: Four beautifully detailed, red and gold lacquered sheets of Burmese Buddhist manuscripts describing rules of ceremony. Kammawasa are elaborately decorated manuscripts extracted from the Pali Vinaya pitaka, the monastic code of discipline which is generally read aloud at monastic assemblies. Topics covered would include formalities for the ordination of monks and the bestowal of their robes, the consecration of an ordination hall, celebrating the festival of the full moon, and other...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1282944 (stock #CP121)
Ancient East
$895
DESCRIPTION: A lovely graduated set of Japanese Kutani porcelain bowls, each delicately hand painted with three overlapping rectangular cartouches which reveal landscape, garden and interior scenes, highlighted with raised gilt decoration. Each bowl is signed on the base, Kutani Sei. The mark and style of this set dates it to the end of Meiji period (1868-1912), from around 1910-20. All bowls are in excellent condition, no chips or restorations.

DIMENSIONS: All three bowls nest neatly. ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1279752 (stock #CP153)
Ancient East
$1,250
DESCRIPTION: A large and fabulous Sumida Gawa tankard with an unglazed body, graceful handle, and figures of a man and small boy in very high relief. A thick, flowing flambe' glaze in blues and brown coats the mouth and runs down the body and handle in thick drips. Fine attention to detail has been paid to the handmade figures of a seated man with a cane facing a young boy, both supported by craggy rockwork ledges. On the back in blue characters in a raised white cartouche is the potter's ma...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1279168 (stock #JO39)
Ancient East
$325
DESCRIPTION: A charming and well executed Chinese silver tribal bracelet, the wide band framed with parallel lines between which various mythical and humorous animals cavort. Included in the hand crafted repousse processional are donkeys, fish, and a dragon vying with a foo dog for a brocade ball. This tribal bracelet comes to us from one of the mountainous Miao groups, who are well known for their beautiful silver work. Estimated to date from the first half of the 20th century and in very good...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1279083 (stock #SCH162)
Ancient East
$570
DESCRIPTION: A fine 19th C. Chinese ink stone, crisply carved in the form of a bamboo node with leaves at the top and root knobs at the bottom. A deep water well has been carved into the upper section. Natural inclusions, called "eyes," are highlighted within the duan stone's design, with one eye at the top carved to simulate the moon, and the other incorporated into the stone's grinding surface.

ABOUT DUAN INK STONES: One of the four treasures of the Chinese scholar's studio, the in...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1277981 (stock #PTF102)
Ancient East
$95
DESCRIPTION: A pair of porcelain figures, each a representation of Li T'ieh-kuai, one of the Chinese eight immortals. Li T'ieh-kuai is always represented as a lame beggar leaning on a crutch with a pilgrim's gourd in hand. The Eight Immortals are legendary beings of the Taoist sect who attained immortality and dwell in the remote hills and mountains of China. Both of these figures date from C. 1900, with the larger one's inner base stamped with "China" in red ink. Both are in perfect condi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #1276889 (stock #LC66)
Ancient East
$625
DESCRIPTION: This small pair of early to mid 20th C. Burmese offering bowls (Hsun-ok) come from the Pagan region of Burma where much of the country's finest lacquerware was produced. This pair have been lacquered red with nicely shaped finials that echo the shape of Buddhist stupas. The lids are removable with inner red bowls in which small offering were made. Difficult to find, these smaller bowls are table-top size and make exotic accent pieces. From a private collection and in very good ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1276497 (stock #CP197)
Ancient East
$960
DESCRIPTION: A Japanese Imari porcelain dish, shaped in “double fish” form and decorated in traditional Imari colors with floral designs in rust red, and fish scales and fins in royal blue. The reverse has painted florals and grasses on the four sides. Late 19th/early 20th century, and in excellent condition with no chips or restorations. DIMENSIONS: 10 ½” long (26.6 cm) x 9” wide (23 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1920 item #1276399 (stock #CP152)
Ancient East
$1,125
DESCRIPTION: A large and attractive Sumida Gawa tankard with a red ribbed body, graceful handle, and high relief figures of two children. A traditional flowing flambe' glaze in dark brown and beige coats the top third of the mouth and handle. Fine attention to detail has been paid to the handmade figures of children standing on ledges against the ribbed, cold painted body. On the back in blue characters is the potter's mark of Inque Ryosai, a family of three generations of potters who made S...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1276212 (stock #SN110)
Ancient East
$870
DESCRIPTION: A larger sized Chinese toggle of a strolling elephant with wrinkled legs, large ears, a short raised trunk and fashioned with double inlaid eyes. Nice patina with a pierced opening at the tail for stringing and hanging from the belt as a counterweight for a pouch or other object. CONDITION: Light wear and small chip to one foot, otherwise fine condition. Early 19th C. Qing Dynasty. DIMENSIONS: 2 3/8" high (6 cm) x 2 3/8" wide (6 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1492 item #1274491 (stock #CP194)
Ancient East
$995
DESCRIPTION: A Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 AD) pot / container decorated with a luscious, thick black and brown glaze over a bulbous, ribbed body. Two strap handles are attached to both sides of the short neck below the flared rim. Overall very good condition with small repair to rim. DIMENSIONS: 9 ½” high (24 cm) x 8 1/2” diameter (21.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #1273089 (stock #PTF142)
Ancient East
$2,450
DESCRIPTION: A beautifully mounted Chinese roof tile of a Ming warrior seated upon a horse. The bearded soldier, his right hand on his hip, sits erect upon his amber horse which stands on the curved tile base. This earthenware tile has been decorated in a sancai glaze of predominately green and amber colors. A beautifully carved custom rosewood base has been made for this large tile, the base itself probably being over 100 years old. CONDITION: Quite good condition with the usual wear one wou...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1270668 (stock #JHS107)
Ancient East
$345
DESCRIPTION: A simply carved agate rubbing stone in the form of a Chinese boy carrying a ruyi. The semi-precious stone is pure white with brown inclusions that have been incorporated into the design as the boy’s cloak, hat and ruyi, which he carries on his shoulder. A small hole has been drilled through the ruyi at the back of the head for stringing and wearing from the belt as a toggle. Stones such as these were meant to held, rubbed and fondled, with this one fitting perfectly into the palm ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #1270383 (stock #TX69)
Ancient East
$265
DESCRIPTION: A colorful, tightly pleated woman's festival skirt with vertical stripes of blue, green, red and magenta silk panels hand stitched to the black cotton ground. A wide cotton border of blue, black and red horizontal stripes finishes the hem. The wide waistband is worn folded over the waist ties after they have been tied around the waist. Very good condition and dating from the first half of the 20th C. (pre 1950). The last photo shows a young Miao girl wearing a similar pleated sk...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1270134 (stock #BSK71)
Ancient East
$495
DESCRIPTION: A fine smoked bamboo ikebana basket woven in a tall ovoid form with entwined bamboo handle. The basket is crafted with a vertical diagonal weave from both wide and narrow splints in contrasting colors. This sturdy and handsome basket has a beautiful aged patina with no losses detected; early 20th century. DIMENSIONS: 18 ½” high x 8 ¾” diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1269057 (stock #SCH278)
Ancient East
$275
DESCRIPTION: A large wooden scholar’s brush used to paint large calligraphy. Thick black bristles are gathered into a bulbous wood ferrule, turned from the same wood as the handle. The tip of the handle is pierced for hanging. A very nice old brush, good for display in large brush pots; 19th C., normal wear as would be expected. DIMENSIONS: 16” long (41 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1268694 (stock #JO5)
Ancient East
$190
DESCRIPTION: A Chinese Hill Tribe necklace, handmade of alternating coral colored beads and silver repousse lappets, strung on two lengths of woven silver chain with hook clasp. A very attractive short necklace dating from the early to mid 20th Century. In very good condition and a nice example of ethnographic Chinese tribal jewelry. DIMENSIONS: 9” drop when clasped; lappets are 1” long each.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Blankets : Pre 1980 item #1268453 (stock #W-TX3)
Ancient East
$375
DESCRIPTION: A large, vibrant Churro wool blanket from the weaving center of Chimayo in Northern New Mexico. This finely woven blanket is of the "Rio Grande" style with alternating bands of white and navy stripes running across a bright red ground. These bands are each separated by a line of three stars with twelve points. CONDITION: This reversible blanket is in excellent condition with no repairs, holes or stains; the fibers are thick and the colors vibrant.

CULTURAL BACKGROUND: T...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1267143 (stock #JHS173)
Ancient East
$895
DESCRIPTION: A finely carved celadon nephrite jade plaque, one side depicting a child attendant with crane holding a large fan over the head of an immortal. Three lines of raised calligraphy are on the reverse. Excellent condition, late 19th or early 20th century, Qing Dynasty. DIMENSIONS: 2" long (5 cm) x 1 3/4" wide (7 cm). JHS173 $1,175
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1980 item #1266923 (stock #TX65)
Ancient East
$450
DESCRIPTION: An attractive woman's jacket made from a leatherized dark blue cotton with batik sleeves trimmed in white. The jacket's square neck is bordered with a band of batik and appliquéd trim; the waist is narrowed and closes with inner and outer ties. The blue and brown circular patterns on the batik sleeves are made using a technique of manual wax-resist dyeing, with melted wax applied to all areas that are not to be colored. The artist can then selectively color the fabric by soaking...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1837 VR item #1266620 (stock #BB167)
Ancient East
$995
DESCRIPTION: A large, heavily cast bronze storage vessel (gadur), with brass and silver inlays crafted by the Maranao tribe of the Phillippines. The round body and flared foot are profusely decorated with inlaid floral and geometric designs; the body is topped with an inlaid domed lid and tall spire. From the estate of Asian art collector, Dr. Edward Gerber. CONDITION: This is a fairly early example, dating from the late 1700's to early 1800's, and shows usage wear, some pitting, and a coupl...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1266598 (stock #LC34)
Ancient East
$2,495
DESCRIPTION: A skillfully lacquered suzuri-bako (writing box) from the Meiji Period, early 1900’s. The lid of the rectangular box is decorated with a takamakie floral design in gold, silver and shu (a hue of red-orange) lacquer on a black ro-iro ground. The interior of the lid and box are sprinkled in a nashiji cloud motif. This suzuri-bako is a complete set, fitted with the original water dropper and inkstone and its original kiri (paulownia) wood box with inscription. Excellent conditio...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1970 item #1266507 (stock #TX64)
Ancient East
$455
DESCRIPTION: A black cotton woman's jacket, appliquéd with colorful bands of intricate needlework panels. The embroidery on many of the panels is exceptional with sequins scattered among floral, geometric and bird design motifs. Some of the finely embroidered panels appear to be much older than the jacket itself; this is not surprising as beautiful needlework is highly prized in minority tribes and is passed down through families for generations. This jacket is stunning enough for formal att...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pre 1960 item #1266270 (stock #W-RG8)
Ancient East
$260
DESCRIPTION: A small, finely woven Churro wool rug from the weaving center of Chimayo in Northern New Mexico. The patterns on Chimayo textiles are creative masterpieces of design and color. This particular rug is of the "Rio Grande" style with white and navy bands running across a bright red ground. CONDITION: This C. 1940-1950 rug is completely reversible and is in excellent condition with no repairs, holes or stains; the fibers are thick and the colors vibrant. This size textile is comm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1920 item #1265593 (stock #CP101)
Ancient East
$1,295
DESCRIPTION: A large and handsome Sumida Gawa vase with ribbed body, high relief figures and pinched neck. A thick, traditional flambe' glaze in dark brown and blue covers the mouth and neck, and flows down the shoulders. Fine attention to detail has been paid to the handmade figures of a boy and girl standing on ledges against the ribbed body. Inoue (Ryosai) maker's mark in pear-shaped appliqué on the back. Early 20th C. (pre WWII) and in perfect condition; no chips or repairs. DIMENSIO...