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
Chinese Blue and White (Qinghua) Bowl
Late Qing Dynasty
Size: Diameter 19.3 Height 9.3 cm
From the Christie's auction of the Nanking Cargo
An interesting blue and white bowl decorated with a literati style landscape painting motif on the side. The bowl, according to the sticker found below, came from an auction of the Nanking Cargo held in 1986.
Jade Dragon Head Belt Buckle
Size: Length8cm Width 1.6cm Height 2.2cm
The belt buckle design first appears around the late Song Dynasty. The Inner Mongolia Museum has an example of a early Yuan dynasty version of the Dragon head belt buckle with the silk cord used to wear the piece.
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... Click for details
Pair of Jade Bangles
Late Qing to Republic Period
Size: General Size Overall: Inner diameter 6.5cm Outer 8.4cm
This pair of Jade bangles, unlike the common bangle which is generally consistent in color, this pair of bangle contains a flash of a reddish color, which is rather uncommon in Jade. Often lavender or white colors are often seen along with the common green color Jade is often associated.
Shao Dynasty Style Bell
Ming Dynasty or Later
Height 20 Width 10 cm
The bronze bells, often seen in Chinese orchestras, began during the Shao dynasty almost 3,000 years ago. The bells in paintings are often associated with Confucius and noted thinkers in China ancient past. Especially with Confucius, in reference to social harmony found in the Analects.
This bronze bell contains continuous geometric and line motifs along with decorations often seen with such bells.
Porcelain Snuff Bottle
Late Qing to Republic Period
Size: Height 7.5cm Diameter 4.5cm
Porcelain, an interesting medium with a simulacra constantly evolving in Chinese art during the mid to late Qing Dynasty. This snuff bottle is done in glass emulating porcelain or fencai porcelain. Interestingly, the lid is using a jade-like material and the color was popular at the time during the late Qing up to the Republic period.
Cinnabar Glaze Vase
Late Qing-Republic Period
Size: Height 37.5 cm
Cinnabar glaze became popular in the mid Qing dynasty as new glazes, colors, and technology helped to create ceramic and porcelain production into the "technicolor" level. This large vase is done in cinnabar technique. A small hairline crack can be seen on the bottom of the base of the vase.
Anderson Pottery Vase
Attributing to Yangshao Culture (5000 BC-3000 BC) or a latter period
From a noted San Francisco Collection
The name for the potteries from the Yangshao culture, is from the Swedish archaeologist Johan Gunner Andersson. Archaeological surveys were done during the 1914-1924 period around the Gansu and Henan regions. Not only was the West fascinated with the new excavations and discoveries, but the Japanese, fascinated with the potteries and their context also... Click for details