Jadite Sword Sheath
Ming Dynasty or Later
Size: Length 2.25" Width 1.2" Height 0.15"
From the Collection of a San Francisco Estate
Often, in Chinese swords decorations of hard stones and gem stones were decorated on the sheath. These swords were not used for battle but meant for Daoist rituals and other ceremonial uses.
Jadite Bangle Bracelet
Size: Diameter 3.25" Height (Thickness) 0.3"
From The Collection of a San Francisco Estate
Jade Bangles became popular in China as jewelry during the Ming or Qing Periods. Circular Jade carvings were often seen in burial and objects reflecting the status of the individual. Later, this archaic notion evolved into enhancing the beauty of a lady through using such accessories. The only evidence of the use of circular jade bracelets are the surviving beauty paintings of different ladies.
Jadite Bi Disc
Ming Dynasty or later
Size: Diameter 1.75" Height 0.25"
From a San Francisco Estate Collection
Bi Discs began to appear in Chinese art history during the early periods such as the Shang, Zhou, and Autumn and Spring periods. Discs represented the connection between this world and the after world. The production of circular discs with inner holes cut out continued to be used in Chinese funerary motifs in the form of paper.
Agate Snuff Bottle with Tourmaline Lid
End of Qing to Republic Period
Size: Length 1.28" Width 0.4" Height 2"
Ex-collection of Snuff Bottles from a San Francisco Estate.
The agate has some aspects where one can see the interior just like glass. The scoop used in the snuff bottle appears to be made of Chinese silver with hall marks denoting the maker named Guilong.
Chinese Porcelain Fencai Bowl
Republic Period (Mingguo Era 1912-1930)
Size: Diameter 7.75" Height 3"
Chinese Porcelains is one object that has been coveted, exported, translated, and developed over the span of a millennia. This bowl depicts a pair of phoenixes among peonies and rocks, a popular motif seen in Imperial porcelains. The work contains a Guangxu era inscription, but the work dates to the Republic period when a majority of Qing Period porcelains were emulated and re-created.
Condition: Slight crazing and chips are seen on one section of the lip of the bowl. Otherwise, the bowl has been kept in amazing condition for the age.
Porcelain Fencai Plate with Guangxu Mark
Republic Period (1912-1930)
Size: Diameter: 7.4" Height 1.3"
Fencai techniques were developed during the early part of the Qing period. It began with the Wucai porcelains often seen during preceding Ming Dynasty. By the Kangxi era, different works using multiple colors began to appear and were thought to be influences from the West through glass making techniques.
The plate depicts a phoenix set among peonies and scholar rocks. The bottom contains a Guangxu Period inscription.
Condition: There one chip on the edge of the plate.
Chinese Yixing Tea Pot
Size" Length 4.6" Width 2.75" Height 3"
The yixing tea pot shown contains an interesting inscription that the tea pot was presented by the Wuyang Taihu Restaurant. Possibly the pot was given to customers who supported the restaurant in many ways and these pots were made. The work contains a seal reading Chiao Jinghuei, possibly the maker of the pot.
Chinese Soapstone Carving of Sleeping Beauty (Meiren)
Late Qing-Republic Period
Size: Length 2.25" Width 0.75" Height 0.8"
Carvings of beauties are often seen during the Qing dynasties and onwards. The expression of beauty seen in women is a classic tradition starting with Yang Guei Fei in the Tang dynasty. The soapstone carving is finely carved in a manner where the beauty is sleeping wrapped with a blanket around
Pair of Shinto Shrine Koma Inu (Foo Dogs)
Size: Length 6.5" Width 3.5" Height 8.75"
A rare early example of a pair of shrine dogs, known as “koma inu.” Dogs of this type came from China during the Asuka- Nara Period and the earliest mentions of these animals come from Heian literature. These dogs often flank the entrances of shrines and the thrones of the Emperor and Empress of Japan. In the 1980s, the Kyoto National Museum held an exhibition of these different dogs and the earliest examples come from the Heian and Kamakura Periods. This pair has similar elements to other pairs that are designated as important cultural properties such as those at Omiya Shrine which is the only shrine that continues to house a Kamakura Period pair.
The pair comes from a Colorado Estate and was purchased from a noted store in Kyoto 30 or so years ago. Interestingly, one of the pair contains an inscription with the name, Oshikawa Sa[nuki]; the name Oshikawa Sanuki would be associated with Oshikawa Sanuki no Kami, a samurai who was a vassal of the Shimazu clan during the 14th-15th centuries.
Black Natsume with Warabi Motif Makie Chu-Natsume
Late Showa Period
Size: To Come
The warabi or bracken is a plant native to Japan and often consumed during the spring season. In Japanese lacquer, this motif was often used by noted lacquer artists such as Hara Yoyusai and Hon'ami Koetsu in their works.