Late 20th century
Diameter 4.25" Height 8.5"
A multi faceted Oribe vase crafted by an artist named Eiji. It is not known who the artist is, but assumedly a living artist today working with the art of making Oribe ceramics. Unlike many of the ceramics, Oribe is one of the few difficult wares to make. The control of the heat is needed to produce the green often associated with Oribe wares.
Seto Ware Katakuchi
Edo Period or Later (18-19th century)
Size: Diameter: 5.5" (14cm) height 4.25"( 10.8 cm)
An interesting Seto ware object known as a katakuchi. Some translate katakuchi as a lipped bowl or cup where sake or food is served. Most were originally served sake and as the mingei, or Japan's arts and craft movement, spurred the use of these bowls.
The interesting thing about this katakuchi is the rough carved form on the body and the mouth. The mouth has a fungus like... Click for details
Yixing Tea Pot
Length 19cm Height 10cm (Approx.)
Yixing tea pots were popular during the height of the Ming dynasty as the scholar tradition and aesthetic spread everywhere across China. Manuals and materials were flowing throughout the empire and some speculate it may had the influence of the materials in relation to the rank one was in the Ming hierarchy. Later, as tea culture continued to spread, more and more works done in the yixing clay. Later, some of these works were... Click for details
Porcelain Plate With Polychrome Details of Birds
Size: Diameter 28.5cm
Possibly based on a painting that is part of the collection of the Forbidden City, the work contains marks referring to Emperor Qianlong's study, the Sanxitang. Below the plate contains a Qianlong reign mark in the design often seen but the plate itself does not date to that period but centuries after when works from this era were revived.
Dragon and Cloud Motif Vase
Late Qing Dynasty to Republic
Diameter 6cm Height 13.9cm
Techniques such as the vase shown originate with the the tomb potteries seen during the Tang dynasty. Polychrome glazes with clays not using much of the famed kaolin clay which is associated with porcelain evokes the archaic or the past in which the Chinese literati often took preference among all other contemporary arts. A romance of the past or antiquarian past required the knowledge of art history,... Click for details
Jade Archer's Ring
Republic Period or Later
Size: Exterior diameter: 3cm Interior diameter 2cm, Height 2.3cm
Archer's rings were often used by the manchu court during their hunting expeditions. The courtiers and officials used these rings and would use different materials to express their preferences, wealth, and status. This ring is carved from a type of jade where the brown and greens are hidden within a white base, as if it were snow and moss.
Jade Dragon Head Belt Buckle
Size: Length8cm Width 1.6cm Height 2.2cm
This piece is using a traditional type of Jade that was often preferred since many archaic jades used this similar type. The dragon head is finely crafted with the mouth and teeth expressed in the finest details.
Celadon Shallow Bowl With Reeds and Geese
Late Ming to Qing Dynasties
Size: Diameter 17.2 cm Height 6 cm
This bowl, though done in a pale celadon glaze contains a motif of geese and reeds. This motif not only has a seasonal representation, but infers to literati culture especially with the noted calligraphy sage, Wang Xizhi. The design is often associated or compared to with wares from the Yuan Dynasty and later periods. Interestingly, a strange mark or pattern is seen on the... Click for details
Glass Painted Snuff Bottle
Size: Height 6 cm Width 3cm
A standard glass snuff bottle with a hard stone lid on the top. A landscape painting is done on one side and the other is a bird and flower setting.
Porcelain Ginger Jar with Plum Blossom Motif
Size: Height 23 cm
A fine Chinese porcelain blue and white vase decorated with plum blossoms. The motif was often produced during the Early Qing period and its popularity increased after the end of the dynasty. The jar has a hardwood lid with a jade carving on the top. The jar comes with a stand.