Antique Asian Works of Art from Ancient East
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1302515 (stock #JO67)
Ancient East
$1,495
DESCRIPTION: Silver needle cases first appeared in China in the 1700's. Elaborate embroidery has a long tradition in China, and young girls began intensive training in needlework skills by age seven. Given the importance of embroidery in her life, a silver needle case was often presented to a girl as part of her dowry.

This particular case is an extraordinary example...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Pre 1900 item #1302220 (stock #W-WD2)
Ancient East
$2,975
DESCRIPTION: A fine Spanish Colonial Cuzco School painting of the Virgin Mary, originating from Cusco, Peru. Here Mary is depicted with a golden halo looking straight at the viewer, wearing a royal blue robe with gold floral accents. In her hands she holds the crown of thorns and nails; however her image is not one of sorrow but of great peace and serenity...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1302179 (stock #WD45)
Ancient East
$1,195
DESCRIPTION: A Qing Dynasty Chinese scroll depicting a plethora of Chinese deities, each in colorful robes of blue, green, yellow and red, and each with an aurora around his head. The deities display different symbols or attributes that identify them to the knowledgeable follower. The artist’s inscription can be found between the two lower left figures...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1301236 (stock #JHS175)
Ancient East
$795
DESCRIPTION: A lovely white jade toggle (or pendant) with scattered light brown to grayish inclusions, strung with an orange amber bead on a cord. This toggle dates from the Qing Dynasty and is in very good condition; the jade surface is quite smooth to the touch and there are no chips to the jade or amber bead. DIMENSIONS: Jade toggle: 1 1/4" long (3.2 cm) x 1" wide (2.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1800 item #1300827 (stock #W-FIG6)
Ancient East
$4,150
DESCRIPTION: An exquisitely carved Spanish Colonial polychrome figure of the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven standing on a cloud-form base with attendant angels, arms outstretched, gazing reverently upward. Her face is delicately carved and particularly beautiful. Dressed in elaborate gilt robes with long flowing hair, this figure is remarkable from any angle; a rare and magnificent Santo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1299472 (stock #FIG92)
Ancient East
$2,950
DESCRIPTION: A significant Chinese sculpture featuring a Scholar with his boy attendant, carved from a large slab of burl hardwood. The undulations and knobs of the slightly curving burl slab have been beautifully incorporated into the carving, forming the scholar’s garment and top of his curled hat. The bearded scholar looks slightly upward with a pleasing expression and holds a scroll in his hands. At his side is his young attendant gazing upward with a charming smile...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1800 item #1298963 (stock #SAO212)
Ancient East
$895
DESCRIPTION: A very old Chinese wooden incense holder, crafted in the form of a partially unrolled scroll that bends and folds to form the container. On the edges of the “scroll” is a relief carved key pattern border with traces of gilt; the worn lacquer surface still shows the original designs of a bird, flower, bamboo and Chinese characters. The top of the flat back plate has a shaped and carved design with a center hole for hanging...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Pre 1900 item #1293696 (stock #W-WD1)
Ancient East
$4,400
DESCRIPTION: A classic painting from the Peruvian Cuzco School, this stunning oil on canvas of Arcangel San Rafael dates from the 19th C. San Rafael is depicted with angelic face and a crown of roses on his head. The angel is dressed in boots and an elaborate traveler's coat with lace cuffs. From his left hand he holds a fish, which is the symbol of this saint. Wonderful condition; in a more recent burlwood frame; unsigned...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1293587 (stock #JHS169)
Ancient East
$695
DESCRIPTION: A Chinese paper press (or weight), carved from one piece of dark stone with a lion on its haunches in its center. The lion bares its teeth and crouches with bold posture on a flat stone surface. Four cartouches featuring designs of bamboo, banana, peony, and blooming lotus are etched on this surface. 19th C., Qing dynasty and in good overall condition; small chip to lion’s curled mane in rear view. DIMENSIONS: 10 ½” square (26.7 cm sq.) x 5” high (12.7 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1837 VR item #1293242 (stock #ARCH42)
Ancient East
$1,225
DESCRIPTION: From a Florida estate comes this colorful and skillfully painted Tibetan (or Northern Himalayan) window frame with two pair of shutters and antique iron hardware. The shutters are deftly painted with lively hunting scenes of tigers, deer and hunters in the field. The frame surrounding the panels is painted in a border of floral sprays. This window frame is several hundred years old with the painted surface, which is in very good condition, probably from the early 20th C...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...