Cinnabar Lacquer Incense Container
Size: Diameter 7.4cm Height 2.5cm
From a California Collection of Chinese Lacquer
The geometric designs often seen in carved lacquer and cinnabar lacquer comes from examples that survive from the Ming dynasty around the late 15th to the 16th centuries. These various accessories were popular with the Japanese and connoisseurs in Japan commissioned works to be used in the tea ceremony to display of objects in the newly conceived... Click for details
Chinese Cinnabar Lacquer Pendant
Late Qing to Republic Period
Size: Diameter 5cm Height 5.3cm
Originally these objects were made as toggles and accessories the Chinese wealthy and the nobility wore. With the introduction of Western culture and the export of Chinese objects, various materials were refitted or retrofitted with Western fittings. The pendant is depicting a group of luohans or arhats with a tiger and dragon set in the middle.
Chinese Huangyang Wood Toggle
Late Qing to Republic Period
Size: Length 3cm Width 1.5cm Height 4cm
A Chinese pendant or toggle carved with two figures (both sides depicting the same view). The toggle or pendant is strung with a blue silk string with two beads set on the top of the carved wood piece.
Chinese Zitan Scholar Rock Shaped Stand
Size: Length 16.5cm Width 8.5cm Height 7cm
Zitan, a prized hardwood, is often used in Chinese furniture and accessories of the scholar's desk. This example is carved in the shape of a lingbi scholar rock with different flora and once may have held an object above it.
Rinpa Style Square Lacquer Tray, Motif of Mouse and Daikoku
Late Edo Period to Meiji Period
Size: Length 21.2cm Width 21.2cm Height 2cm
An interesting Japanese lacquered tray used to display tea containers and incense burners is done in the motif of th famous deity of fortune, Daikoku with his mouse doing a performance often done with monkeys. The pun intended is interesting where the mouse is replaced with the monkey and the man who controls the animal is Daikoku. Areas of the the... Click for details
Pair of Chinese Peking Opera Dolls
Size: Height 48cm
An interesting pair of Chinese dolls dressed in Peking Opera costumes. Often these dolls are made from a paper mache like material. Many of the surviving examples are found in regional American China towns or museums and a majority are found in Daoist temples in China.
Chinese Burlwood (or Rootwood) Tea Stand / Tray
Size: Length 62cm Width 41cm Height 2cm
In recent years tea connoisseurs and enthusiasts both in China and the West use these burlwood tea stand/ trays to display their collection of yixing ceramics, porcelain cups, and other accessories. The natural contours and colors expressed by the panel evokes the return to nature or its yearning.
Polychrome Porcelain Vase
Size: Height 11.4cm
An interesting porcelain vase shaped in a form often seen in European stone urns or similarly shaped objects. The back of the vase contains an inscription expressing new year's greetings.
Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Basin
Diameter 37cm Height 15.5cm
A typical common ware that was produced in China during the late 19th century and was exported throughout East Asia. Examples of the similar works, especially the characteristics seen in the scrolling vines and floral imagery, are found in Japan and South East Asia.
Antique Chinese Silver Necklace
Size: To Come
An interesting Chinese silver necklace, where the pendant is made in the form of a lock often seen in Chinese metalwork from the Qing Dynasty. The different beads are done in coral.