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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #653592 (stock #08 05 07)
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This is a very good Yixing "sanxianghu": Yixing claypot inside, wrapped with pewter on the outside, finished off with old jade (qing yu) original pieces at the handle, lid and spout. Calligraphy on one side, flowers on the other. This one has no mark in the base. The calligraphy is by one Su Chuan, a scholar of the 19th century. Very nice pot. Very good patina but a little dirty in places. We have not cleaned the pewter: that is for the next home!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #660365 (stock #0223)
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$4000 sold
This elegant huanghuali brushpot was carved in the late Ming-early Qing period. There is a Tang dynasty poem carved into it, the figures in the low relief are two famous monks Han Shan and Shi De. They are shown discussing a famous Tang poem, written by Zhang Ji. We leave it for its next keeper to translate. The grain is a fine huanghuali one, there are gui-lia-er (ghost eyes) in the grain. The plug is original...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Ivory : Pre 1900 item #660679 (stock #0224)
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$350 sold
This is an ivory toggle showing two huans, a mythical Chinese animal. (It could also depict two lions..) The two "huan" are chasing each other. The carving is truly great: every line that should be there is there. This is an old toggle and as such is not in perfect condition. It seems to have a small nick in one paw, I believe. Price reflects this lacunae.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #661401 (stock #2282)
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$1000.00
This is an elegant burl flask probably made and used in the Mongolia-Tibetan frontier lands of China. It is made of burl. When found in Beijing, I had Master Cao make a stand for it -- and it sits on that stand. It probably was used to carry tobacco. The plastic cap does not move: we cannot separate it from the flask.The center "button" moves and can be lifted out to put tobacco inside...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #666187 (stock #0290)
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This is a huge Chinese boxwood toggle. See all the beans. We have never seen one with so many rows of beans, all ready to be eaten. It is 8 cm long, 4 cm wide. More info following, all questions welcome!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #666446 (stock #0333)
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$695.00
This is an authentic full maizhen, made of chicken wing wood (Jichimu): we have never seen one in many years of collecting. It is a complete object: the place where he arm rests to take the pulse is connected to the base with strong wire. It folds together perfectly for the Chinese medical doctor to carry with him The patina on the maizhen itself is great, evidence of much use and many presumably cured patients.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #666447 (stock #3033)
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This is a fine Frog Toggle; he is about 3.5 cm long, 2 cm tall and 2 cm wide. He is made of burl, the eyes are zitan and are circled by a strip of bronze. He sits on his haunches, waiting to jump. He has been doing that for 150 years. Well-patinated.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #685673 (stock #0997)
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This lingzhi fungus took many years to grow and it has been with me for many years. It was used in the Qing dynasty to decorate the scholar's studio; it is in excellent condition. No nicks which might have been present if it had been used in Chinese medicine. Its beauty lies in its rustic appearance. Note: it will have a stand made to show it off even better. It is 35 cm long, 22.5 cm high and 13 cm thick. The stand has been made by Beijing Master Cao. It too is a work of art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #686884 (stock #1001)
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This looks like a Buddhist Prayer Wheel to me...It is on a custom-made stand, easily worn as a toggle; I have had it strung with a new product, a leather cord. The design is carved either out of rosewood or the boxwood has developed a very deep patina. Both front and back are filled with mushrooms.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #686890 (stock #1002)
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This is a finely carved "Buddhist Prayer Wheel" style toggle, full of ruyi on front and back. This is exquisitely reticulated. The boxwood has developed a fine patina. The stand was made in Beijing by a well-known contemporary carver. But this piece can equally be used as a toggle. From its patina, it clearly has been.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #686892 (stock #1003)
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$799.00
A toggle of boxwood in a "Buddhist Prayer Wheel" style. Great carving on both sides, reticulated. It sits on a hand-made stand, done in Beijing by a noted craftsman. Can be worn as a toggle. Beautiful work through out, a small nick on one side.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #687160 (stock #1013)
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This is a huanghuali huacha. That literally means it is a flower (bud) vase but could also hold incense sticks, small tools, etc. As the photos show, this is two pieces: the main cylinder is 14 cm tall, the feet are another 1 cm. The diameter is 5 cm at the top, about 4.5 cm at the bottom. The piece is thus beautifully almost not noticeably tapered from top to bottom. The separate plug (seems like a spoon of sorts)in frame 7 is 2.5 cm tall with a diameter of 2 cm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #687184 (stock #1024)
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$1499.00
This is a paperweight of a stone I do not know. It is well-carved into a Buddha's hand, no seeming defects. There is a little lizard elegantly carved on the top of the "hand". It is made of Qingtian (Chingtian) stone, which comes from Zhejiang, in East China. Qingtian has a long history in China, it is an important even famous stone. It is warm to the touch, it has a stand for viewing.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #687860 (stock #0201)
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$3500.00
This is a huge ceramic Boar for the Year of the Boar This could be very old. It was sold to me many years as Han or Tang, but ceramics is not my world. The glaze covers most of him, there are a few chips here and there but it is a very strong boar.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #688995 (stock #0201)
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$7500.00
Palm wood brushpots are very rare. I believe I have only seen one, in the collection of a well-known American collector. None ever seen in the Beijing market. The grain is fantastic: the basic color is dark brown, but there are orange stripes throughout. This is one piece of palmwood; the base is not added in, but has been the base since the pot was made. This pot is 19.5 cm at the diameter, 20 cm high; and weighs 2.8 kg...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #690388 (stock #0339)
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This is beautifully patinated drum shaped fitted round box. The patination is rich, the effect is a dark warm deep brown color throughout. The top and bottom fit together perfectly, this was carved from one piece of burl. Measurements to follow. A very beautiful round box for the scholar's studio.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #691720 (stock #1235)
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This rare jug shaped toggle is a replica of an early ceramic shape. The carved design, the notches at the top: all area reminiscent of traditional pottery shapes.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #695955 (stock #9999)
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