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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #770088 (stock #10022)
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$2495.00
This is very well-preserved hexagonal brushpot
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #769334 (stock #8768a)
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This is a very attractive pair of zitan wine cups. The design is simple and elegant: a handle (called an ear)is on each cup to facilitate drinking (we have seen them with no ear). These handles are each carved to resemble bamboo stalks. 19th century cups. very good patina. No defects to note.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #769321 (stock #9999a)
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This is a rarely seen huanghuali coffer, called in Chinese a lian-san or a sitizhuo. (4 drawer table). It is in excellent condition, well-carved. I am working to obtain this. Actually called a lian-si.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #768560 (stock #9898)
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$1395.00
This is an awesome soapstone Stone Mountain with two monkeys. This is a stunning desk ornament. It is one piece of soapstone: the stand is dark stained soapstone. The Mountain has faded into a greyish stone, rich with glistening patina. The two monkeys are carved rather roughly, but still look fine. Their eyes are filled with pearl dust, giving them a lustrous look. This is an early 19th Century piece...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #767941 (stock #0962)
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$2000.00
This is a crusty brushpot, it has not been refinished, all its tree nodules are there. It needs a good coat of wax then it will look grand.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #767852 (stock #0954)
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$1800.00
Here are two Ming dynasty (Song style) water-droppers (shui er in Chinese). The Great one shows the frog on his haunches with his front legs fully visible. The Very Good one is well formed and potted. I acquired it many years ago from C.Y. Tse a well=known Hong Kong dealer. The Great One was acquired in Beijing from a favorite dealer.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #767816 (stock #0923a)
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$3500.00
This is a miniature altar table. It is made of rosewood and has burl insets. I actually own a full-size altar table of the same general design.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #767769 (stock #0888b)
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$2008.00
This is a well-carved not worked over brushpot, could be a hat holder (maotong)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #767432 (stock #0998c)
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$495.00
This is very well carved diabolo (a toy). There are two lotus pods making up the diabolo: on one side is a frog, decorated with small pieces of mother of pearl set on one pod; the other has 7 lotus seeds set on the pod. The patina is very good, the color a rich dark brown. Condition is excellent.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #766694 (stock #0912)
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$695.00
A huge piece of bamboo has been elaborately carved into a very beautiful desk ornament.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #765450 (stock #0911)
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30000.00 rnb
This is a strong, heavy brushpot, carved in a lotus form. This is a substantial pot: the base is a separate piece of art: it was specially carved to fit this pot, its shape and the pot are congruent. The whole piece is heavy, it is not new. H 15.6 + cm x D 14 cm
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #762023 (stock #0845a)
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Category says this is Japanese, it is Chinese and I cannot change. drum is rosewood, probably not zitan; frog is stone -- serpentine? These are two very well done toggles. The ball inside the drum moves, the lotus seeds on the top and bottom move. They make the sound of a drum being hit during a Chinese opera or somesuch. Well carved, excellent condition. The stone frog is also very nice, a sleek frog, not a jumping one.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #761296 (stock #0878)
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This is a pair of modest sized bamboo cups. They are in excellent condition. Late 19th Century. Each cup is about 5 cm diameter and 5 cm high. This is not a perfect pair, but almost so. The flower is magnolia. These design on each cup is basically the same, although there are minor differences between the two. Very nice patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #761262 (stock #0878)
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This is a seemingly wild brushpot or scroll pot. This is the actual root system of what was once a tree: it has been pulled from the ground, cleaned and "enhanced" a bit but mainly left alone. Many years ago it must have been cleaned up but is otherwise as it was sometime in the Middle Qing. It could hold 1-2 scrolls, a number of brushes and look smashing on the desk of a scholar or artist. Measurements coming...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #760879 (stock #0856)
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$4000.00
This is a large huanghuali. brushpot carved to resemble a segment of a tree trunk The carving is vigorous and robust. It is 17.5 cm tall, 20 cm wide at the widest point, 17 at the narrowest point. This pot may be as old as 200 years old. A new plug is in the bottom, which is full of "wrinkles" showing its age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #760841 (stock #0864)
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All brushpots I have seen are either straight from top to bottom or gently taper inward from the top to bottom. This is a convex one: the sides slightly bulge from top to bottom. It has a well-carved rim area and at the bottom of the bulge. This is a l8th early 19th Century huanghuali brushpot.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #760535 (stock #0867)
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$3499.00
This is a very good brushpot, not polished or waxed. It is carved from a piece of tree trunk (called tree root incorrectly) and has not been touched. No defects to note. H is 23 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #759828 (stock #0875)
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #758908 (stock #0871)
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$149++ These are all on sale at the shop of a well-known Beijing dealer. Please contact me for pricing, etc. Two already sold: Cicada on leaf and frog on leaf. Sale Pending for Drum and Stone Frog
This is a selection of very good toggles at still reasonable prices. Anyone wishing more images need only write to me at dierxian@yahoo.com
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #757798 (stock #0860)
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$3500.00
This is a large cedar wood brushpot, carved to resemble a tree trunk. Ir 20 cm diameter, 21.5 cm high. Condition is excellent. There are markings on the bottom: one is the mark of the store at which I purchased this -- but I have no idea where that was or is. The other is a red wax seal showing it re-entered China (not a departure seal). And then my own inventory seal.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #757434 (stock #0876)
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This is a very nice zitan plaque. It shows a tiger on the side in Frame 1, including the beast's claws. On the other side, Frame 2 an unknown artisan has carved the FIVE elements of which all humans are composed: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. I have never seen this motif in anything I have ever collected. This plaque is 7 cm long and 5 cm wide. We date the piece from the late 19th century. The condition is quite good, patina fine.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #757149 (stock #0874)
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This is a large lotus leave, formed to make an elegant soapstone brushwasher. The large leaf begins on the bottom, it curls gently but firmly inward. On one part of the inside we can see that one lotus flower is about to open (on the leaf near it there is a small piece missing from long ago) and one bud is still closed. On another part there are 3 little pods visible with seeds -- they do not move. A small piece of the leaf near these pods is also missing...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #756223 (stock #0864)
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Here are two large lotus leaf toggles each with frogs and lotus leafs as key parts of the work. In the first 4 frames we see a fat frog nibbling on the vine of the lotus which has come through the leaf from the bottom where the vine itself begins and comes through the leaf. The frog is very large, fat. In the second toggle, the whole lotus "action" is on the underside: a large lotus pod with the seeds is seen, all seeds are in excellent condition and all move...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #756121 (stock #0865)
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This is a very large toggle: It is mainly the top and bottom of a lotus leaf stem and pod with its moving seeds all elaborately carved at the back. On the front, seated in th leaf: a small frog. Carved of boxwood.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #756085 (stock #0854)
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This is a well-carved beautifully patinated toggle depicting an old female fairy, Magu, and her peach showing old age. The theme is Magu Baishou (a goddess). Her left hand is holding the peach at the top, under the peach is the opening for the cord. The right arm is at the front. The head is at the side. Length is 5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #755884 (stock #0861)
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If not Sold: range in price from 295 to 895
This is a selection of zitan toggles. First is great Ming toggle showing a bunch of grapes being eyed by a squirrel. This theme is duo zi duo fu: Many children, More Fortune. Next is a piece depicting two waves crashing on each other. Then a gistening beetle. Last: An un-toggle frog: this zitan piece almost made it as a toggle, but the hole never came through. At least one sold.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #755817 (stock #0960)
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$5000.00
This is a very beautiful huanghuali late Ming early Qing brushpot D 18.5 cm X H 18.5 ±ÊͲ
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #752643 (stock #0850)
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$895.00
This is a straight ruler, nice design with copper nails DB HM
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #752290 (stock #0855)
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$1795.00
This is an exquisitely carved old rosewood brushpot. Mid-19th Century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #750997 (stock #0840)
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This is a zitan huacha (flower vase) similar to another one on this site. The opening for the flower is smaller on this one. The whole piece is a stylized lotus flower at the top, through the sides and to the bottom. There are 4 stylized petals at the top and a flower design in the base. We see one nick, one possible repair of many years ago (may NOT be a repair) and one stable crack. This is a Middle Qing vase.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #750849 (stock #0833)
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$4000.00
This is a very attractive huanghuali brushpot of the late Ming early Qing period. It is 18.6 cm tall and 18.6 cm wide at the top. Very good condition. It has thick walls. It is an imposing pot.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #750626 (stock #0844)
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This is a very good zitan vase (huacha). This object could have been used to hold a flower or two, but also for small tools (as for incense), etc. It is an elegant, tapered zitan object. It has 5 flower petals at the top, 5 little feet at the bottom. The condition is very good, just minor chips or cracks as seen in frames 4 and 5. It is about 9 cm tall and 4 cm wide at the top.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #749461 (stock #0840)
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This is a wonderful reticulated rectangular box for holding incense sticks or perhaps brushes. There are dragons carved on the top and two sides and small ruyi at the ends. The top slides perfectly in and out of the box on a small track. A similar box appears at p. 101 in Wood For the Scholar's Table, usage not specified! L is 20.5 cm, width is 4.5 cm and height is 4 cm., dimensions are about the same as in the book. Made of zitan, about mid-19th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #749179 (stock #0888a)
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This is a once in a lifetime zitan screen with a dramatically carved dragon on the zi-shi inset. Carved panel with zitan frame - the back panel is uncarved zitan and the frame is carved all round the carved panel...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #745980 (stock #0824)
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$1599.00
This is a very well done blanc de chine porcelain vase. No chips, nicks.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #745130 (stock #0822)
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This very good reticulated rectangular old rosewood box is over 200 years old. The carving is excellent, all sides, top and each end. Lotus buds and vines are on each side and at the ends. This is very old rosewood. The cover slides nicely in and out of the grooves, inside there is a little metal base. We believe this box was used to hold incense sticks -- the reticulated structure enabled air to circulate around them; one wag has suggested maybe even a medium sized brush...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #742961 (stock #0830)
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This is a very large huanghuali brushpot. It is in very good condition. Great patina. It must have held many brushes in its heyday. Late Ming early Qing pot. diameter: 23 cm, height: 20.5 cm. Please note: owing to glare certain parts of this pot look strange: it is fine. There is one stable crack in the pot, in frame 5. The base may have the original plug. It was purchased in the 1980s in Tianjin, as shown by the red wax seal in the base.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #740818 (stock #0820)
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$495.00
This is a small, not miniature, scale holder and all the inside pieces needed to make it a practical piece: the little dish, the weight and the scale are all in the holder. It is a late 19th Century piece. All parts needed are there; one may not be original.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #740789 (stock #0820)
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The bronze near toggle may be very old. The wooden toggle: theme still studying, but also old, 19th century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #740619 (stock #0819)
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Originally, I thought this was an Yixing teapot. I now think not. Rather it is a Japanese ceramic teapot modeled on a tetsubin, a cast iron Japanese teapot. The last image shows the seal of a maker or a kiln, we do not know. Tetsubin are not rare, ceramic pots modeled on them are. Late 19th Century. (Some teapots used in Hanto prints of Haku Maki look quite like this one..)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #740529 (stock #0819)
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This is a small but not miniature yixing teapot. It it made to hold just enough tea for pouring into one cup. It is so well-patinated and used that we cannot read the maker's mark on the bottom. But it is old and just the pot for someone who drinks alone. Late 19th Century, Yixing teaware. It is 15 cm from mouth to handle; H 6.5 cm
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #740516 (stock #0816)
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This is a late 19th Century well-designed and well-cared for three layer "food box". In its conception, each layer should have been to hold food. But over time, given the high quality of the wood, it may have graced a scholar's table and held scholar's implements. All the brass work is either original or very old. Patina is excellent Condition is very good. Only it knows what it did. Late Qing. Measurements following.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1910 item #740257 (stock #0816)
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$895.00
This is a big agate frog hung from a rosewood stand: it is fine decorator piece. The frog is old, the stand is not.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #738220 (stock #0813)
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$2000.00
This is a beautiful old cloisonne vase. It is 26 cm (10.5"} high and the width at the largest point is 13.6 cm. The colors are soft,not glaring. There is some minor pitting in places. But the shape is very nice and the condition is generally very good. Probably produced in Beijing in the late 19th Century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #725227 (stock #8989)
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$595.00
This brushwasher is decorated with frogs. The well-carved frogs have all been washed with gold. The washer at first glance seems a bit crude; but the golden frogs are very well done. The Length is 16cm, width is 10.5cm, and the height is 6.5cm. The rosewood stand was made in Beijing by a local master craftsman.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #723029 (stock #8934)
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This elegant cup is made of a burl and sits here very quietly. It is stunningly simplistic, no carving and just waiting to be grasped and used. It is probably a kind of brushwasher or a vessel for pouring water on to an inkstone. 19th Century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #720931 (stock #1212)
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$1499.00
This tray was carved in the late 18th early 19th century. It is in the shape of a large lotus leaf. The leaf can be seen rising from the bottom of the tray to the top. Its edges are naturally carved to resemble the leaf curling in. The curling is quite uniform. To make a statement the unknown Qing carver placed a strong and active frog at one end: he is sitting, ready to pounce. His eyes are alive. The whole tray is elegant but also active...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #719500 (stock #9494)
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$499.00
This is Jiao xiang, a sedan chair box. Used by scholar-officials to carry their documents and writing implements from post to post. This is NOT of a great wood, but today it is still a rare piece of furniture/scholar's art in Beijing...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #719365 (stock #7654)
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$495.00
This is a kind of tea caddy: a box for storing tea. The calligraphy on the cover is very well done. The front of the box is inscribed "Rock Tea of Wu Yi", a famous tea-producing area in Fujian province. The referencce to Longquan; we do not know if it is a place or not in Fujian. This is a mid-Qing piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #718355 (stock #2346)
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$595 sold
ram on a basket. The ram is curled up, legs still very visible, his horns less so. The body is very realistic, he is a bit emaciated, all his rib cage is clearly seen. The boji -- Chinese for the kind of basket shown -- is in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #717597 (stock #8989a)
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$595.00
This scowling reptile is supposed to be a frog, and probably is. But he reminds me of an Arizona Gila Monster -- a very poisonous creature. The object is bronze, probably 19th Century, many warts on his back -- and that face, only a Mother could love. Somebody took a little piece out of it long ago, making him even more ferocious. Made in China.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #716561 (stock #1000)
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #716094 (stock #9993A)
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$2295.00
elegantly carved with flowers etc: this hongmu (rosewood) looks as good as if it were zitan.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #716087 (stock #6969)
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This is a small but elegantly and elaborately carved zitan small brushpot, or a vessel for holding various tools. Middle Qing. Excellent condition even as a few minor chips on the rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #716013 (stock #9999a)
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$495.00
square not round burl small brushpot well joined feet at the bottom of each side good patina. Late 19th Century. Very good condition with one minor exception: some color missing on one side, like a bruise. Height is about 9 cm, each side about 6 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1910 item #715775 (stock #9999)
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$349.00
very well carved antler inkpaste box and brush washer The inkpaste box is 4.5 cm in diameter, it is 1.5 cm high; the brush washer is 5.5 cm in diameter, 1.5 cm high. The two pieces are about 100 years old and in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #713733 (stock #11111)
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This is a set of 8 small wine cups each with silver inlays. Six of them are virtually identical, two are not of the set. They were all used in a Hebei provincial household until being recently sold off. I have never seen so many at one go. The Zitan is fine, the silver inlays are as if they were drunk from a week ago. As is where is.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #713461 (stock #1111)
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This beautiful "tray" was used in the Qing dynasty by artists and scholars either to "dry" their brushes or as a palette for their inks. The rosewood is elaborately carved with insects associated with water, a prominent pair of beetles facing each other may be seen. They rest on a flat lotus leaf of 33 sections. It has been carved out at the petals. There are no discernible defects.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #713114 (stock #1111)
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$495.00
shaped like a large flower -- maybe a sunflower, this well carved brushwasher was probably done in the early 20th Century. Diameter 9 cm, height 2.5 cm
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #702346 (stock #1085)
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This is a zitan brushpot carved to resemble a section of a tree trunk, all very naturalistic. It is a "medium sized" pot. It is 12 cm high, 10.5 cm wide at the diameter. It is Mid-Qing, probably Qianlong. Very good patina, no cracks or chips, in excellent condition.