All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #837398 (stock #41-08)
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A heavy 200-year-old pipe from Burma is made of clay mixed with a generous amount of sand. Such sturdy unglazed pipes and other utilitarian items were produced for centuries in Burma’s provincial pottery villages using primitive techniques developed during the Pagan Period. This pipe is very similar to those excavated in earlier times, illustrated in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, p. 205. It has two small chips on the edges of the bow...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #136361 (stock #35-59)
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This 18th century ceramic figure of the Chinese Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy is unusual in several respects. The form is uncharacteristically simple for the popular Chinese goddess who typically was shown with elaborate flowing robes. The pert face is particularly different with its full lips, upturned nose and wide eyes. Only one hand is visible and it rests on her right knee. The high beaded headpiece and heavy necklace identify the figure as Guanyin. The weighty ceramic figure is heavily gla...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #138626 (stock #38-53)
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This green-glazed ceramic guard once held a sword in his clenched right hand and was part of a pottery regiment standing watch over the tomb of a Chinese nobleman. Ceramic figures and animals were buried with the nobility to announce their high status to the spirits, and to provide them with the attendants, services and provisions they would require in the afterlife. This 16th century guard has a strong, alert face with staring eyes under heavy brows, a flowing mustache, pursed mouth and promine...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1700 item #976088 (stock #38-83)
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This early Qing Yixing teapot bears several seals on the lid and bottom surface indicating its origin in the small town of Dingshan, in Yixing County, southern Jiangsu Province, China. The pewter spout is fashioned into the head of an elephant with trunk raised. Chinese regard for the elephant as a symbol of wisdom and strength evolved from Buddhist iconography, where it represents strength of mind toward practice of the Buddhist way of life. Pewter also forms the double handles attached with ri...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Pre 1980 item #940023 (stock #23-98)
This two-headed terracotta dragon is a replica of dragons that topped walls surrounding the ancient Central Asian city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Samarkand wall and its dragons, though long gone, seem to occupy a place in the collective memories of the polyglot population of present-day Uzbekistan. This piece was made by a Tajik artisan who lives near Samarkand, and is a small representation of the long, rich and often perplexing history of Central Asia. Neither the artisan nor anyone else w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1920 item #688172 (stock #60-39)
Glazed a soft grey/green, this rustic pottery Chinese oil lamp has charm and appeal that outlive its humble origin. It provided a simple light source. We have not seen one of these in use and originally thought the oil and wick were put into the shallow bowl on top. A visitor to this web site tells us that was not the case. The oil and wick, he said, were put into a small saucer that was set on top of the shallow bowl. This piece makes no pretense beyond its original utilitarian intent--the po...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1090941 (stock #12-55)
Two Chinese ovoid ceramic ginger jars convey a rich symbolic message with their “three friends” designs of bamboo, pine and plum branches. Venerated in China for centuries, the three trees have been grouped together in paintings and poems to represent the ideal of perseverance in overcoming adversity. They became known as “the three friends of winter” because they flourish in harsh environments—the bamboo and pine tree remaining green throughout the year, and the plum tree blooming i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #946568 (stock #04-01)
This Japanese ceramic hibachi from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912) has a country scene—a rustic dwelling snuggled amid old trees, hills and distant mountains. Ceramic hibachi were introduced in Meiji times as portable alternatives to the larger copper-lined wood hibachi and the heavier bronze receptacles. Whether ceramic or metal, hibachi held glowing charcoal embers used as a source of heat during cold Japanese winters. The ceramic ones generally were placed under low tables (kotatsu) that...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1236303 (stock #32-28)
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This Japanese ceramic hibachi from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912) has a wonderful meandering design of orange persimmons on a branch overhanging black-centered white flowers. Both persimmons and flowers stand out in stark contrast to blue foliage and the vessel’s lighter soft blue background. Ceramic hibachi were introduced in Meiji times as alternatives to larger copper-lined wood hibachi and heavy bronze receptacles. Hibachi held glowing charcoal embers used as a source of heat during c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #515566 (stock #60-36)
A lovely speckled glaze of blue, violet and rich brown covers this 19th century utility jar from China's Jiangsu Province. Unlike much of the utility pottery from that time which was glazed in hurried, casual fashion allowing the glaze to run down in uneven drops toward the foot of the vessel, this piece was attended more carefully by the potter who ended the glaze in a precise line a few inches short of the foot. Glazed on the inside in a dull brown, the jar most likely was used for storing som...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #668805 (stock #60-31)
A rustic jar with stylized designs on a rich blue/green glaze, this 19th century Chinese utility ware evokes a time when even the most humble items were hand made with artistry. Three freely brushed sketches of flowers and calligraphy decorate the sides of the vessel; the top has three abstract foliage designs. Uneven coverage of the turquoise glaze adds to the jar's earthy appeal. Brown glaze covering the interior indicates it was intended for use as a storage urn. Made of coarse, heavy clay, i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #853841 (stock #51-49)
Dated 1870 on the base, this late Qing Dynasty ceramic figure is of General Guan Gong, a popular character in Chinese opera, who is cast as brave, swashbuckling and, above all, fiercely loyal to the emperor. The piece is quite detailed, with decorative elements of the butterscotch and white costume defined in relief as well as with intricate incising. Within the general’s wide, open-mouthed grin, his tongue and seven teeth are clearly visible. His face and hands are unglazed. His headpiece sho...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #895012 (stock #60-42)
This late 19th century Chinese utility jar has a glaze of such inviting color that it elevates the piece to folk art status. The primarily turquoise glaze has areas of deep blue and purple, and then stops short of the base showing a glimpse of brown. From Jiangsu, known as China’s ceramics province, this heavy piece has no chips or cracks but does have two firing flaws on one side (see photo enlargement #4). Dimensions: height 9 “ (23 cm), diameter 10” (25.4 cm).