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All Items : Antiques : Pre 1837 VR item #627523 (stock #0003A)
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On an original zitan stand, no later than middle Qing, which accompanies the carving. Fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1910 item #629587 (stock #0014)
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$295 Probably Sold but other one available
A beautiful burl wood Chinese snuff bottle that is 6 cm high, width is 4 cm. Its cover is carved to look like a crown; or perhaps a flower in the process of opening. The grain of the wood is particularly nice on this early bottle. The condition is excellent with fine patina and the minor scratches that come with normal wear and tear. Middle 19th Century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #629595 (stock #0015)
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This is a very realistic toggle of a writhing snake, rising up from the bottom. All its scaly skin nicely patinated. Late Qing, North China.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #629627 (stock #0020)
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$1595.00
Liu Hai and Golden Frog Facial features suggest he really caught fish. Beautifully carved, great patina, no defects; Height about 35 cm,
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #630034 (stock #0023)
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Yixing Waterdropper Yixing water dropper, 19th century. The factory of manufacture is Wen Ji, a late Qing Yixing factory - see closeup of the impressed mark; normally such pieces are unmarked. Circa 1880. Shaped like a conch shell, sitting on two small feet. Excellent patina. Minor chip. Length: 7.5 cm, width 5 cm; height is 5 cm. Undoubtedly used by a Qing scholar or early stage bourgeoisie.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #630047 (stock #141108)
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9000.00 rmb
This zitan box is for carrying silver chopsticks to a banquet. In less amiable days, silver chopsticks were used to test food to see if it was or was not poisoned. If the silver chopsticks turned black, the food had arsenic in it. Today: as a courtesy to guests, silver chopsticks may still be used. The box is a lighter than normal zitan, the top fits snugly into the box and needs to be gently pushed to open and close. Probably early 20th Century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1800 item #630406 (stock #0029)
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$1500.00
This is a very old zitan paper weight (zhenchi). Patina is lustrous, as if it were glass, not wood. Carved to look like a bamboo stalk. Very heavy piece of very old zitan. Length is 30 cm., the single piece of strong zitan is 3.5 cm wide throughout.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1837 VR item #630413 (stock #0033)
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This bamboo incense "tube" probably dates to the early Qing, circa 1700. The bamboo is well-patinated, the carving is clear in well-incised. Shown are, among other things, scholar-officials ambling amongst pine trees. The ends of the tube have been closed with hand-carved rose-wood ends (they may be 25 years old). L. about 18 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Pre 1837 VR item #630776 (stock #0034)
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$1695 CNY 2010 pobably sold
This modest sized zitan brushpot is carved to resemble a tree trunk: it has pine branches and pine leaves all over, shiny-as-glass patina, no noticeable defects. Xlnt condition. 11 cm high, 5.5 cm wide at the mouth. Qianlong, Only for the literati -- scholar bureaucrats -- of the Qing. Measurements to be provided.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #630814 (stock #0020b)
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Glorious root carving with arms waving and holes through out, all on an original zitan stand. Circa 1825. Excellent condition. Commentary: this is a set and has probably been so for many years. They are shown separately only for technical reasons, a photo of the two together can be provided in due course. statue is h 46 cm and its width is 36 cm Stand is H 12 cm and wideth is 24 at the bottom and at the top is 20 cm
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #631105 (stock #0040)
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$1995.00
This very old pot -- it has many wrinkles on the rim and all over the pot -- is of an unknown wood. It shows a Monkey or an abstract human and maybe some tree. It is so ugly as to be very beautiful indeed. I make no claim about the wood; it is neither zitan nor huanghuali but probably of some extinct Chinese wood. H is 13 cm, diameter is 12 cm. It has had a long history of travel: Beijing, Hong Kong, the US and now it is back in China. Where will it go next?
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #631130 (stock #0042)
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$800.00
This large, 7 cm x 3 cm, Buddha's hand citron has beautiful patina and is in excellent condition. The fingers are well carved. The stand is provided but the toggle can "stand alone" . Wood: not certain.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #631589 (stock #0045a)
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9500.00 rmb
This huge bamboo frog is 15 cm long from nose to rear end, about 11 cm across. There is green stone where his nose ought to be; I do not know the stone or its meaning. A green nose, not a bloody nose? The condition is excellent, patina is nice, best on the bottom.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #631922 (stock #0046)
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Each cup has Magnolia Flowers as a centerpiece, the flowers are in the process of unfurling. There are buds leaves and vines. All carved crisply and well. In their fitted box: the flowers, buds and the leaves of the cups should be seen as facing out, not facing in. Each cup has the same theme. The cups are in excellent condition. This is a late Ming early Qing set. This zitan paper weight (zhenchi) is a strong piece of zitan, carved to look like a bamboo stalk. It is early Qing, the pat...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1837 VR item #632292 (stock #0045)
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$795.00
This toggle resembles a totem pole: it has men, birds and plum blossoms all going up a "poll". The piece is old, condition very good, a most interesting toggle. Probably early 19th Century. H is 11.5 cm, width is 3.5 cm. The stand is recent: it enables the toggle to "stand" for display purposes. Cup measurements: Huanghuali cups H 7.5 cm Top widest part 10 cm width at the narrowest part 7.2 cm Bottom widest part 6 most narrowest 5 Both are the same measurements
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #633150 (stock #0055)
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This elegant small round zitan inkpaste box was made in the late Ming, early Qing period, well over 300 years ago. The zitan quality is very high, the top and bottom fit and are made of one piece of wood. This is a very elegant scholar's table piece. H 2.5 cm and W about 3.5 cm
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 2000 item #634132 (stock #0089)
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$40.00
Daniel Tretiak has written a book, The Life and Works of Haku Maki, the important Japanese printmaker of the second half of the 20th Century. Maki toiled alone most of the time between 1960 and 2000. His output was substantial, most of it was cool, crisp, elegant. An example is shown above. I wrote about it: "The print in the center is the kanji for Mr or or I; it swooshes across the print, as if written with a big brush." It is Poem 71-51, done in 1971. It had an edition of 151. I own the pri...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1900 item #635471 (stock #0070)
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This is a very attractive carved bamboo snuff bottle, with its own rosewood display stand. I think this snuff bottle is about 100 years old. The bamboo is very well carved, with the shape of a fruited vine with gourd. It is full-bodied. Fine patina. Well-hollowed. The bottle is 2" tall, 1-5/8 " wide and 1-1/4 : deep.