Chinese Hardstone Carving of Horse
Late 20th century
Size: Length 10cm Width 2.5cm Height 5 cm
The refine details and care given in this carving is absolutely without words, the finest. As if the horse would walk on its own the realism seen in this work is unparalleled. The work is done by an artist based in Shanghai who uses various hardstone materials and produces fine works of art. The foot area has a hairline crack or repair.
Small Jade Mythical Beast
Size: Length 3" Width 1.25" Height 1.75"
Jade a prized material by the Chinese, has been the material to create various objects from items for the scholar's desk to jewelry. This Jade beast is a hybrid of a bird and a lion or wolf like beast. The beast has its head turned backwards holding a object. The Jade has colors of rich greens and browns.
Yaobian Tianmu (Tenmoku) Sake or Tea Cup
Late 20th century
Size: Diameter 7.62 cm Height 5.1cm
Tianmu or Tenmoku is the famous form of tea bowls that were produced in China since the Sung period. The Japanese were caught by the way the ceramic expressed the rich array of colors and sheens that the bowls were prized possessions of the ruling warrior class.
This small cup was produced in Japan in honor of this tradition. The cup can be used to consume sake or Chinese teas.
Lacquered Footed Tray with Floral Motifs
Late Edo Period c. 1830
Size: Length 23cm Width 18cm Height 3cm
This interesting small footed tray is decorated with a rich floral design. The tray may have been used for incense or other decorative purposes. The foot has some age with wear and use. Overall the tray has been kept in great condition with no damages, cracks, or peeling of the lacquer.
Size: Diameter 13.4cm Height 24.15cm
The Jomon period more or less represents not just the history of ceramic production in Japan, but also the archaeological developements that was sweeping through Meiji Japan.
This interesting vase has a odd irregular shape. The skill in producing this vase from its beginning to the firing evokes one of current potters in the Bizen region.
Celadon Tripod Censer
Qing Dynasty or Later
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 16cm
Celadon has been around in China for nearly two millenia. The color and techniques were further developed during the Northern Sung period and by the Ming was produced in large quantities along with the famous blue and whites and exported to the periphery nations especially Japan.
This censer may have been exported to Japan sometime during the late 17th to the 18th centuries when demand for such objects were... Click for details
Porcelain Snuff Bottle with Luohan
Size: Diameter 5.5 cm Height 9.5cm (approx)
This interesting snuff bottle is decorated with the 18 luohans or arhats. A popular motif since the Qing dynasty, Emperor Qianlong took efforts to edit the organization of the Luohans through the consultations of his Tibetan guru.
The snuff bottle contains a Qianlong period mark but the piece must have been made during the Republic Period.
Chinese Porcelain Fencai Plum Motif Vase
Size: Diameter 5.8cm Height 11.5 cm
This small porcelain vase contains decoration of plum blossoms. A poetic inscription expresses the sight at night with the moon shining and the shadows evoke the sights and smells from the ink. The vase contains a Yongzheng era mark, but the piece is more from the early to mid 20th century.
Chinese Jade Carving of Wind Horse
Size: Length 6 cm Width 2.5 cm Height 2.8 cm
The horse is an important motif in East and Central Asia. The horse is not only the means of transport of goods and people around the continent, but because of this utilitarian aspect, auspicious motifs were created through carving and paintings. One is a horse on a cloud transporting the dharma or the philosophical texts to the four directions as often seen in Tibetan prayer flags.
Chinese Jade Dragon Belt Hook
Size: Length 11.5cm Width 3.5cm Height 2cm
Dragon belt hooks first began to appear around the Song-Yuan dynasties. The belt is looped with a long braided silk cord where the cord belted the robe. Surviving examples can be seen with a museum in the Inner Mongolia region. In latter dynasties, the romanticist for the past put these hooks as novelty for the scholar collector and many examples were produced.