Yixing Tea Pot
Signed on the bottom with the name Yigong
Size: Diameter 10cm Height 5.5cm
Yixing, the famous clay made into the distinct tea pots that Chinese tea connoisseurs have enjoyed for nearly half a millennia. This tea pot is done in the standard style seen in Yixing tea pots.
Condition: The piece has no chips, cracks, or other damages.
Wang Xizhi at His Study
Signature reads Hokkai
Size: Length 181 cm Width 41cm
Wang Xizhi, the sage of calligraphy and wearing his signature hat is sitting at his study while staring at geese floating on a lake or pond. This view is based on a famous poem that Wang Xizhi wrote how he yearns to be the geese flying in the distance. Other portraits show the poet carrying a geese, where painters tried to grasp at the heart of Wang Xizhi's poems and express them visually.
Chinese Oxblood Bowl
Late Qing Period or Republic
Size: Diameter 9.5cm Height 4cm
The bowl contains a Yongzheng Period Mark on the bottom. However, the piece was made much later during the Late Qing to Republic Period. Oxblood glazes were popular starting with the monochrome glazes seen in the preceding dynasties prior to the Qing. By the late 17th century, new technologies and chemicals broaden the spectrum of porcelain arts that monochrome glazes became part of this trend.
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Chinese Jade Carving of a Fruit on a Branch
Size: 4.8 x 4.5 cm
A rather interesting jade carving of a fruit with a branch from its tree ( or bush). Carvings from still life or nature has been popular in China, but production and craft in Jade increased during the succeeding years of the late Ming up to fall of the Qing Dynasty in early 20th century.
Agate Carving of An Eggplant or Gourd
Size: 5.5 x 2 cm
Agate carvings of vegetables are not unusual, but contemplating on the form of the eggplant is an usual one. Eggplants have been in Asia since prehistoric times. However, rarely was the plant depicted in art. By the Qing dynasty, unusual depictions of different animals and plants began to appear and may have been influenced from cultures of neighboring nations or ethnic groups.
Chinese Jade Belt Buckle Carving
Qing Period or Later
Size: Length 6.7cm Width 4.2cm
Unlike the traditional auspicious motifs or dragons seen in belt buckles, this pieces has fish carved on its surface. The different gradations are set well to work with the details of the buckle. Fish are an auspicious motif, but are often seen in paintings, certain metalworks, wood, and other materials, not often in belt buckles. The piece comes from a Pebble Beach, CA estate.
Chinese Jade Carving of a Mythical Beast
Ming Dynasty or Later
Size: 5cm x 3.8cm
A small lozenge shaped Jade carving with a mythical beast carved on the surface of the jade. The style is similar to those seen during the mid to late Ming Dynasty.
Archaic Mythical Beast Jade or Hardstone Carving
Age: Ming or Qing Dynasty
Size: Length 7cm Width 4cm Height 5.8cm
An interesting yet common literati style hard stone carving of a young boy riding a bull. The motif is popular among Daoist and Ch'an circles where it represents the harmony of nature or the process of enlightenment.
Agate Han Style Wine Cup
19th century to 20th century
Size: Length 13cm Width 12.5cm Height 3cm
Originally, this form of shallow dish was produced during the Han dynasty. The Mawangdui excavations showed that the lacquer ware used were the oblong oval shaped dishes to serve wine. This piece is emulating that form using agate.
Green and Lavender Jade Belt Buckle
Size: Length 10cm Width 2cm Height 1.5cm
An interesting belt buckle with a blend of green and lavender jade. The buckle's head is formed as the head of the dragon and the body in the form of the ruyi. It is interesting that this buckle is done in the blend of green and lavender, where often these buckles are done in the refined colors.