Two differently decorated Chinese silver vases made for the Western export or used in the Chinese market. One with prunus twigs and the other with a beautiful dragon among clouds. Bases with a Chinese character mark and the maker's mark "WH" and "90", standing for the Wang Hing Company, working in Shanghai and Hong Kong around 1900. Condition: fine, few traces of usage. Dimension: c. 8 cm high, weight of silver: c. 116 g.
A Chinese court official's winter hat made of soft black velvet and silk, covered with red silk fringes, topped by a clear glass and bronze hat final. Lined by red coarse fabric. Condition: fine, few traces of usage, maybe never worn. Dimension: diameter: c. 20.5 cm, brim height: 8.8 cm, knob: c. 5 cm high.
A rare Buddhist temple banner composed of a central ruyi shaped panel and three suspending streamers with pointed ends and tassels. Made of Chinese Late-Ming and Qing gold brocaded and tapestry silks showing dragons and floral decoration. The top panel is cardboard reinforced and having a seal on the backside. Printed cotton lining and top with leather loop, one tassel with a small bell...
A headdress with a rounded crown and a wide flat brim, the interior made of woven bamboo, covered with yellow silk damask showing roundels with five-clawed dragons. The top ending in a red silk knot above ruyi border. The underside of the brim covered with red silk, the sweatband made of leather. Edged with key fret brocade...
Chinese or Vietnamese wooden Christian cross with beautiful lotus and vines decoration inlaid in engraved mother of pearl. Condition: center with chipped area (please see photo no. 7) and few lost inlays, rearside with paper residue. Dimension: 46.7 cm x 24.2 cm x 1.8 cm.
A small bulbous Chinese porcelain vase finely painted with two dragons among clouds chasing the flaming pearl in the "famille verte" palette. Condition: fine, minor wear to decoration. Dimension: 12.7 cm high.
A pair Chinese porcelain saucers decorated with a peony blossom and a well-wishing in black. Base with a stamped six character Tongzhi mark, dating to the late Qing dynasty. Foot rim with little adhering sand. Condition: little wear to the decoration and gilt rims, one dish with a rim flake (photo no. 8 the left saucer at 8 o'clock), the other one with two rim frittings. Dimension: diameter: c. 23 cm, 3.5 cm high.
Dating to the early 18th century, a rare pair Chinese porcelain plates, differentely decorated with flower basket in the "grisaille" palette, with black, gold, overglaze blue and iron red or pink. The rim with kuchibeni. Condition: little wear to gilding, one plate with a filled rim flake (photo no. 9) and few tiny bubble bursts. Dimension: 22.8 cm.
An antique flattened flask from Oman once used to fill the powder-pan of a matchlock gun, after 1880 often used as amulets. Made of solid silver beautifully decorated with granulation and filigree work and some gilding. Condition: some traces of usage and wear to gilding. Dimension: 17.8 cm long, weight: 212 g.
An early and rare Japanese copper plaque showing a bird on a prunus mume twig, worked in dull colored cloisonné enamels, the reverse with green contre-émail. The former owner attributed this artwork to an artist of the "Japonisme Movement". Condition: bubble bursts, a hairline (see photo No. 5). Dimension: 20.3 cm x 20.3 cm x 0.3 cm.
A small square gold lacquer Japanese incense container with rounded corners. The lid is decorated with a relief of waves and rocks, inlaid in mother-of-pearl and lead. Interior and base with nashiji, the rims covered with lead. Later tomobako. Dimension: c. 9.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 2.5 cm. Condition: few traces of usage, a tiny chip (see photo No. 2 at 2 o'clock).
Two slightly molded porcelain cups and saucers with floral decoration painted in underglaze blue. Made in the Kangxi or Yongzheng period for the export. All bases with blossom mark within a double circle. Condition: fine. Dimension: diameter saucers: c. 13 cm, cups: c. 8.2 cm.
An elegant ceramic sake bottle in double gourd form, finely painted with a mantis and a grasshopper on a vine, in underglaze blue. Having a cork stopper and a brown silk cord. Signed near the base with four tiny spur marks. Condition: fine. Dimension: total: 20.6 cm high.
A large hair ornament and the top of a pin, dating to the Qing dynasty. The diadem-like hair ornament made of wire and paper, one side ending in a ruyi-head. Covered with turquoise kingfisher feathers, showing two bats and decorated with hanging twined silk threads. The pin head is made of metal forming a blossom. Condition: some losses of feathers, diadem: an eye, a thread and one ruyi head missing. Dimension: diadem: c. 17.6 cm wide, c. 7 cm high, pin: c. 4.7 cm long.
A pair undone antique Chinese sleeve bands, bordered with a black band and green cotton lining. The wine-red silk ground finely embroidered in Pekinese stitch, some detalis in satin stitch and couched metal threads, showing figures, maybe immortals in a landscape. Dimension: c. 111 cm x 37.5 cm. Condition: fine, only few stains.
A patinated bronze okimono of a young woman with a wonderful face, dating to the Meiji period. On her back and in her hand she is carrying iris flowers. Signed on the base. Dimension: 34 cm high, weight: 3.7 kg. Condition: few areas with wear to the patina.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #1387008 (stock #WN156)
A small statue depicting Buta Nawasari, a good-natured demon, often found as guardian in the front of temples or important buildings in Bali. Carved from hardwood with nice patina. Provenance: Private Collection, Switzerland. Condition: some cracks. Dimension: 24.3 cm high.
A fragment of a clay tablet with Old Persian in cuneiform script, one of the earliest systems of writing in the Ancient Near East. Inscribed in black. Provenance: Collection of Georges Redard, Swiss Professor of General Linguistics. Dimension: c. 10.3 cm x c. 5 cm x 1.6 cm.