Amber and Jade Snuff Bottle
Size: Height 6cm
Snuff, a Western material that was brought to China somewhere around the 18th century stimulating Chinese visual culture. Originally snuff was presented to the court in cases that were familiar to Europeans at the time and later a bottle shaped container was created to contain the snuff.
Chinese Polychrome Dragon Motif Vase
Late Qing or Later
Height 13.9 cm
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, archaeology, and... Click for details
Song Style Celadon Bowl
Republic Period or later
Size: Diameter 13.8 cm
Celadon the technique in ceramic arts that is often associated with the Sung Dynasty during the 10th century onwards. The term came from a French play where the character was wearing a green colored coat and the coat's color was similar to the ceramic works and hence the name became associated with it. This work is interesting where it has an incised interior as often seen with Dingyao wares and has the date of a... Click for details
Set of Three Furong Shoushan Seals
Qing Dynasty or Later
Box: 12.5cm x 7cm x 4cm Large seals: 2.8 cm x 2.2 cm x 2.2 cm Smaller seal: 7.2 cm x 1 cm x 2.2 cm
The set of seals carved with the usual dragon or mythical beast figures. The seals contain an inscription that they were made for a noted calligrapher by the name of Zhang Boying (1871-1949). Zhang was an important figure of 20th century Chinese painting and was thought to have been the master for Qi Baishi. It is not known whether... Click for details
Famille Rose Reticulated Dish
Size: Diameter 26 cm
An interesting and unusual reticulated dish with enamel work. Not often does one find reticulated dishes in Chinese porcelain ware especially in this design. The Qing dynasty was an interesting period especially with the medium, porcelain. A rich conversation and experiment with porcelain can be seen with the reigns of Emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong. Strangely, the development peaked by the 19th century and the... Click for details
Junyao Glaze Bowl
Ming Dynasty or Later
Diameter 21.6 cm
From a Noted California Estate.
Junyao, noted for the sky blue color with hints or flash of raspberry colors surrounding the edge or on areas of the bowl.
Porcelain Lotus Flower Bowl with lotus motif
Qing to Republic Period or later
Size: Diameter 13.8cm Height 6.7cm
The technique of using cobalt blue along with red began with the development of the blue and white technology during the Ming dynasty. It was thought that the combination of the two in ceramics would be difficult and examples seen in the collecting of the Palace Museums in Beijing and Taipei show rare examples of exquisite techniques.
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Celadon Plate with Scrolling Cloud Motif
Ming Dynasty-Early Qing
Size: Diameter 22cm Height 3.9cm
Auctioned in Tokyo around 1982
This celadon dish was formerly part of a noted Italian collection which was exhibited in Japan in 1982. The De Bedin Collection was formed by two generations of the family which began when the collector's father was the ambassador to China during the 1912-1926 period.
Bizen Ware Flower Container
Late Edo Period
Size: Diameter 8.5 Height 22 cm
Note: From a prominent Japanese collection based in San Francisco
Bizen wares began as far as the early history of Japanese ceramics. Utilitarian in its origin, Sen no Rikyu took favor of the simple, unglazed, natural look of Bizen and used the wares with tea jars and water containers. This flower container would be perfect for a tea gathering or to decorate the alcove or a minimalist setting.
Nabeshima Plate With Loquat Motif
Size: Diameter 19.5 Height 5.3 cm
Nabeshima wares are influenced from the porcelain production of Imari, Arita, Hazama, and related regions. Nabeshima is the clan name of the region which is present day Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures. During the Edo Period, the Nabeshima wares were thought to have been presented to the Shogunate when the lords of Nabeshima would travel to Edo during the sankinkotai or the required travels by lords to Edo.... Click for details