Guri Lacquer Covered Container
Republic Period or Later
Size: Diameter 19cm Height 8.5cm
An interesting and rather meticulous guri lacquer covered container. Guri is a labor intensive process where layers upon layers of lacquer is coated onto a wooden or mache like surface and the lacquer is carved with scrolling vine and geometric motifs, revealing the layers underneath.
The box containers a Ming dynasty reign mark, but comes from a much later period using the same techniques.
Chinese Islamic Arabic Motif Cloisonne Censer
Late Qing-Republic Period
Size: Diameter 17cm Height 18cm
Since the middle part of the Ming Dynasty, the Chinese produced a wide range of material objects centered on the export to the middle east. Many objects contained motifs and texts favored by Muslim merchants and the designs were incorporated into the wide range of designs and forms in Chinese art.
Signed Keisei or Touou
Size: Length 193.3cm Width 65.3cm
The Chinese landscape during the Edo period depended on which school of painting you were trained. The Kano school continued the tradition inherited from sensibilities of Sung China repackaged during the Muromachi and Momoyama and heavily preferred by the ruling warriors who decorated this style inside their homes and palaces. The literati school preferred the techniques developed during the late... Click for details
Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Altar Cloth
From the Kathmandu Valley
An interesting Tibetan Buddhist altar cloth using kesi silk fabric. The fabric appears to have a dragon flying above the sea. The claws shows that the dragon has four claws which corresponds to the Manchu court nobility and those associated. Possibly this was originally a robe or something close to it and was offered to a high ranking lama. The cloth is patched together with other Qing period fabrics. The back... Click for details
Karatsu ware Tea Bowl (Chawan)
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 6.1cm
A conical shaped ceramic bowl glazed with a grey-brown color, often seen in Karatsu wares. The Japanese gave Karatsu a special status due to the cultural developments since the mid 17th century where connoisseurs valued raku then Hagi and Karatsu as the top three wares for tea along with the imported Chinese and Korean wares.
Qing to Republic Period
Size: Diameter 21.5cm Height 16.5cm
From a California Collection.
An interesting yixing tea pot decorated with scenes from a Chinese Beijing Opera Play. It might be in reference to a scene. The bottom of the pot is sealed with the studio or artist name.
Chinese Export Ware Blue and White Plates
Size: Diameter 16.5cm Height 3cm
From a California Collection
A rather interesting pair of Chinese export ware porcelain decorated with floral patterns. There are a few hairline cracks on the bottom of the plate (note detail photos).
Chinese Yixing Inner white Glaze cup
Republic Period or latter.
Size: Diameter 9.7cm Height 4.2cm
An interesting handled cup made from yixing clay. The exterior of the cup contains motif of plum blossoms crafted in a style as if the turned branch is growing from the cup itself. The inner section of the cup is glazed with a white color slip. No signature or seal is found.
Yixing-like Clay Moulded Vase
Size: Diameter 14cm Height 24cm
A rather unusual vase formed from yixing-like clay decorated with motif of various dragons familiar and archaic. The vase appears to have a dark brown slip or coating when it was fired, by examining the chipped areas reveal a lighter colored clay body.
Chinese Celadon Vase
Size: Diameter 20cm Height 14.5cm
This vase is rather interesting since it shows two results of celadon on one body. On one section is a standard jade green color hue while the rest is a crackled olive green color. The top area of the vase has been pieced together quite remarkably and it is possible that the piece came out from the kiln and was thrown as "not-so-good" piece, which in turn survived time and everything else. The vase contains a catalogue... Click for details