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
Porcelain Fencai Vase
Produced by Lenox
Size: Height 28 cm
An interesting vase where the original was made during the Yongzheng Period. The Yongzheng up to the end of the Qianlong period created an interesting translation or simulacra of materials coming in from the West. One is thought to be the technology of glass and the use of glass on different materials. Here the vase was reproduced by a Western porcelain manufacturer, Lenox. The vase itself is interesting when considering 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.
Size: Length 11.5cm Width 8.5cm Height 2.6cm
An interesting box with the exterior unglazed and the interior glazed with a white crackled glaze. The lid contains an image of a landscape carved on the surface. The engraving is signed on the top left.
Small Icons Used for Initiations
Length 56cm Width 43 cm
Small paintings of figures representing the deities of the Tibetan vajrayana Buddhist tradition are often used in initiation ceremonies for people who can practice certain rituals and ceremonies. The collection of images contain deities such as Amitayus, Shakyamuni, Maitreya, Blue Dzambhala, Manjusri, etc. The collection comes from the collection of a Pebble Beach, California collector.
Quartz Citron Snuff Bottle
Size: Height 6cm
Snuff bottles became popular during the Qing dynasty, a period where a court that was always on the move interacted with West in many ways. This snuff bottle is crafted in the form of a Buddha hand citron, one of the few fruits favored by the Chinese.