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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 : 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 : 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 : 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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GWP
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...
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 : 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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #636163 (stock #0077)
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$595 sold
This is a beautifully done baimu (cypress) box for an inkstone. The name of the carver is on the box, the condition of the box is very good, with one exception: there is a piece of wood missing at the rim of the lower half of the box: this can be repaired if the buyer wishes. The box is carved as if to follow a natural line of, say, the inkstone for which it was made...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #637127 (stock #0078)
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$995.00
This elegant brown porcelain water jarlet was used to hold water (a shui-er), to be gently poured out by the scholar in his studio. The lines are elegant, the glaze is rich and plentiful. A 19th Century piece. It may have been the inspiration for the wood piece which will be shown soon with this ceramic one for contrast. H is 5.5 cm, w is 6. HM LM
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #640490 (stock #0095)
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$795.00
This elegant tobacco container is beautifully carved and has been well-cared for. Many many years ago: it was repaired in a poor way -- I have not tried to re-do this repair. This container is made of huangyangmu (boxwood). It measures 7 cm high, width is 6 cm and diameter is about 2 cm. Fine patina, sharp carving on both sides and on the top and bottom. Comes with fitted box (not shown). Surely, an elegant toggle accompanied this tobacco case.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #641810 (stock #0100)
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$3500.00
This is a miniature altar table, modeled on a larger one. This one may have been used to display inkstones, we may use it to display toggles. It is graceful and elegant, with a fine patina. It has a few marks left by cups or small brushpots over the years. and one possibly hairline crack visible on the bop. These minor defects cannot be removed by us in Beijing: that would kill the patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #653575 (stock #0118)
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Sale Pending
This is a Great Toggle. It is a large lotus pod with Fifteen moving seeds hanging out from it. Great patina, very rare piece. Only the discerning should look Some would say Ming, I will just say first half of the mid-19th Century. The pod is 4 cm at the diameter, it is about 3 cm high, excluding the measurements of the sturdy branch from which it hangs.