Quartz Citron Snuff Bottle
Size: Height 6cm
Snuff bottles became popular during the Qing dynasty, a period where a court that was always on the move interacted with West in many ways. This snuff bottle is crafted in the form of a Buddha hand citron, one of the few fruits favored by the Chinese.
Amber and Jade Snuff Bottle
Size: Height 6cm
Snuff, a Western material that was brought to China somewhere around the 18th century stimulating Chinese visual culture. Originally snuff was presented to the court in cases that were familiar to Europeans at the time and later a bottle shaped container was created to contain the snuff.
Chinese Polychrome Dragon Motif Vase
Late Qing or Later
Height 13.9 cm
Techniques such as the vase shown originate with the the tomb potteries seen during the Tang dynasty. Polychrome glazes with clays not using much of the famed kaolin clay which is associated with porcelain evokes the archaic or the past in which the Chinese literati often took preference among all other contemporary arts. A romance of the past or antiquarian past required the knowledge of art history, archaeology, and... Click for details
Song Style Celadon Bowl
Republic Period or later
Size: Diameter 13.8 cm
Celadon the technique in ceramic arts that is often associated with the Sung Dynasty during the 10th century onwards. The term came from a French play where the character was wearing a green colored coat and the coat's color was similar to the ceramic works and hence the name became associated with it. This work is interesting where it has an incised interior as often seen with Dingyao wares and has the date of a... Click for details
Set of Three Furong Shoushan Seals
Qing Dynasty or Later
Box: 12.5cm x 7cm x 4cm Large seals: 2.8 cm x 2.2 cm x 2.2 cm Smaller seal: 7.2 cm x 1 cm x 2.2 cm
The set of seals carved with the usual dragon or mythical beast figures. The seals contain an inscription that they were made for a noted calligrapher by the name of Zhang Boying (1871-1949). Zhang was an important figure of 20th century Chinese painting and was thought to have been the master for Qi Baishi. It is not known whether... Click for details
Porcelain Lotus Flower Bowl with lotus motif
Qing to Republic Period or later
Size: Diameter 13.8cm Height 6.7cm
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.
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Celadon Plate with Scrolling Cloud Motif
Ming Dynasty-Early Qing
Size: Diameter 22cm Height 3.9cm
Auctioned in Tokyo around 1982
This celadon dish was formerly part of a noted Italian collection which was exhibited in Japan in 1982. The De Bedin Collection was formed by two generations of the family which began when the collector's father was the ambassador to China during the 1912-1926 period.
Shao Dynasty Style Bell
Ming Dynasty or Later
Height 20 Width 10 cm
The bronze bells, often seen in Chinese orchestras, began during the Shao dynasty almost 3,000 years ago. The bells in paintings are often associated with Confucius and noted thinkers in China ancient past. Especially with Confucius, in reference to social harmony found in the Analects.
This bronze bell contains continuous geometric and line motifs along with decorations often seen with such bells.
Porcelain Snuff Bottle
Late Qing to Republic Period
Size: Height 7.5cm Diameter 4.5cm
Porcelain, an interesting medium with a simulacra constantly evolving in Chinese art during the mid to late Qing Dynasty. This snuff bottle is done in glass emulating porcelain or fencai porcelain. Interestingly, the lid is using a jade-like material and the color was popular at the time during the late Qing up to the Republic period.
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.