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
Tea Dust Glaze Brush Washer
Late Qing to Republic Period
Size: Diameter 20.4 Height 5.5cm
The tea dust glaze appeared during the Qing dynasty, when different glazes and production in ceramic and porcelain reached new heights.
This brush washer was done in a glaze known as tea dust. No reign marks or seals are found on this piece.
Fluorite Stone Censer with Silver Wire Inlay Stand
Qing Dynasty ~ Republic Period
Size: Length 20.5 Width 14 Height 27 cm
During the period of the late Qing dynasty onwards to the Republic period, a high number of semi precious stone censers were being produced. One speculation was that it was meant for the rising markets in Japan and in the colonial regions around Asia. Not much documentation and research has been done about these types of censers but it is interesting to see an art... Click for details
Flat Celadon Bowl with Incised Motif of Reeds and Geese
Yuan Dynasty or Later
Size: Diameter 17.2 cm Height 6 cm
Often the incised motifs are commonly seen with Dingyao wares or the famous white wares produced since the Song Dynasty. The Palace Museum of Taipei recently held an exhibition of Dingyao wares and extensively showed the different motifs, their origins, and which kiln or period each motif were associated with.
This bowl, though done in a pale celadon glaze contains a motif... Click for details
Carved Agate Lidded Container
Qing Dynasty-Republic Period
Size: Diameter 6.5 cm Height 4cm
A beautiful and subtle carved agate container with lotus flower motifs decorating the top of the lid. The transparent nature of the agate complements well with the design. There is a crack that is found on the corner area of the top lid, possible restoration work was done in its past.
Cinnabar Lacquer Vase
Qing Dynasty or Later
Size: Height 25.8 cm
A fine square or angular shaped cinnabar lacquer vase. The different faces of the vase is decorated with images of literati scholars posed in different landscapes. Surrounding the vase are floral motifs and other geometric patterns often seen in cinnabar lacquer carvings. Originally the vase may have been a pair at some point and was separated over the span of the centuries.
Porcelain Lotus Flower Bowl with lotus motif
Size: Diameter 13.8cm
Note: With Kangxi reign mark.
The technique of using cobalt blue along with red began with the development of the blue and white technology during the Ming dynasty. It was thought that the combination of the two in ceramics would be difficult and examples seen in the collecting of the Palace Museums in Beijing and Taipei show rare examples of exquisite techniques.
This bowl is interesting since the... Click for details
Dehua Censer with Heads of Elephants
Size: Diameter 13 cm Height 20.5 cm
This odd and interesting censer retains two different expressions. The top or the main body of the censer is done in the traditional style often seen with ceramic and bronze censers dating from the Yuan Dynasty and onwards. The feet, a modern expression is using the heads and trunk of the elephant, which is never seen in traditional Chinese censers. Often feets of lions or a full animal would used to... Click for details
Large Celadon Censer
Size: Diameter 22.5cm Height 16cm
Note: From a prominent California Collection.
Celadon production increased during the Ming dynasty with the expansion of international trade during Emperor Yongle's time. Additionally, demand for celadons increased with neighboring countries like Japan, Phillipines, and Korea, producing a high number of celadons inspired from or using the same designs as what the Song artists produced.
This interesting large censer... Click for details