Agate Panel Table Screen
Size: Length 5.5cm Width 1cm Height 10cm (The agate panel)
Table screens are one of the few essential objects of a scholar's desk. Often the table screen is standing in front of an ink stone and is thought to prevent any ink blots from the brush from flying everywhere. (For more information on the culture of the screen, see The Double Screen by Wu Hung)
Porcelain Seal Paste Container
Diameter 6cm Height 3cm
A beautiful and colorful seal paste container. The piece is painted with a fruit tree type flower with a bird perched on its branch. A signature like form can be seen on the top left.
Porcelain Snuff Bottle
Late Qing to Republic Period
Size: Height 7.5cm Diameter 4.5cm
A fascinating little snuff bottle decorated with two different scenery. The snuff bottle comes with a lid made of a hardstone material with a bamboo material as the scoop. The workmanship is fine with the detail work. No seal or stamp is found on the bottom.
Jade Elephant Carving
Ming Dynasty or Later
Length 8.4cm Width 3cm Height 3.5cm
An interesting carving of an elephant cloaked with a rug as seen in a few paintings of the Bodhisattva, Samantabhadhra. The style and simple carvings are elements often seen with the Ming and Qing Periods.
Lapis Lazuli Blue (Cobalt Blue) Porcelain Tripod Censer
Size: Diameter 21.5cm Height 11.5 cm
The lapis blue monochrome glazes became popular during the height of the Qing empire. Jesuit missionaries brought with them not only artistic and engineering talent, but technologies that would change the canvas of porcelain forever. Monochrome colors such as yellow, rose red, blue, etc. became the fashion in porcelain production and various examples can be found. No mark is found on... Click for details
Jade Archaic Motif Pendant
Mid 20th century
Size: Length 4 cm Width 1.5 cm Height 6 cm
The white and brown elements of this Jade pendant contrast with the way the design is done with the piece. Archaic motifs are used with the body of the pendant along with the chicken that rests on the top of the pendant.
Celadon Tripod Ding Style Censer
Qing Dynasty to Republic Period
Size: Diameter 11.5cm Height 12.5cm
Celadon censers became popular during the Sung Period. The green color caught the eyes of connoisseurs in East Asia and was heavily exported. This censer, inherits techniques and designs from the Ming period. The incised motifs and details are elements are seen in latter Ming examples. The refinement reminds one of early examples from the late Yongzheng up to the Qianlong periods.
Celadon with Crackle Formation Tea Cup
Republic Period or earlier
Size: Diameter 8.5 cm Height 4.8 cm
Celadon is the color that is often compared to a blue sky after a rainy day to jade. This tea cup is done in celadon with major crackles appearing on the body. There is no signature on the piece.
There are slight chips on the rim of the cup and depending on the individual, minor restoration work has been done.
Jade Carving of Horse
Size: Length 8cm Width 3cm Height 2.5cm
This horse, unlike most traditional style carvings from the Ming and Qing dynasties, this one is evocative of Han dynasty designs. The stylistic forms and musical rhythmic lines remind ones with tomb horses seen in X'ian and nearby regions.
Jade Lingzhi Fungus Carving
Size: Length 5.2 Width 3.5 Height 1.3 cm
An interesting and well arranged carving of a lingzhi fungus. The form is often carved or arranged in the form of a scepter and in Chinese medicine, the fungus is thought to have potent medical effects.