Huangyangmu Ruyi Scepter
Size: Width 3.1 in : Length 11.5 in
Within literati circles and cultures in China and Japan, the ruyi functioned as an important accessory to decorate a scholar's office or room. Often made from different mediums and forms, the ruyi has been prized today in various places as a symbol of fortune and prosperity
Flat Celadon Bowl with Lotus Pattern done with Gold Repair (Kintsugi)
Bowl, originally from Thailand or China, 15th-16th centuries
Kintsugi work done recently
Size: Diameter 16.3cm Height 7.2cm
The art of mending objects using lacquer appears to be distinctly developed within the history of Japanese culture. Objects, when broken, are simply not thrown away but "restored" and re-interpreted through the process of using lacquer to put broken pieces back together. Often it is considered... Click for details
Japanese Iron Silver Inlay Kettle, Tetsubin
Size: Diameter 76.7" Height 8"
Intricately done with landscapes decorating the body of the kettle. The handle is done with silver inlay using the motif of a hazy moon and grass. No signature or seal is found on the kettle.
Iron Tetsubin, Kettle
Size: Length 7.7" Height 8"
A simple and standard Japanese iron tea kettle. The body is done in a pear or orange skin like form with a Chinese motif near the top. The lid and handles are done in copper. No maker's mark or name is found on the piece.
Chinese or Japanese Bronze Censer
19th century or later
Size: to come
During the 18th century up to the 20th century, Japanese bronze makers were emulating and influenced from bronze ware that was imported to Japan. Many bear marks of the names of the reigns from the Ming dynasty and at times some works have been hard to discern whether one retains a Chinese or Japanese origin.
Oil Spot Tianmu Bowl (Tenmoku Bowl, Yuteki)
Late 20th century
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 6.7cm
An interesting oil spot tenmoku chawan (or yuteki tenmoku) where the bowl is not done in the traditional jet black form but depending on how the light is shining reflects a maroon like color. The subtlties reflected from light and how tea or water can change a bowl is one of the aesthetic points in tea bowls.
Chinese Brass Handwarmer
Late Qing to Republic Period
Size: Diameter 15cm
Often found in the cold northern regions of China, hand warmers were en essential object when individuals were traveling outside. Inside ash and charcoal would be placed and the lid placed and would be held to keep the individual warm.
Chinese Blue and White Plate
Size: Diameter 25.7cm
A Chinese porcelain plate with a scene of birds frolicking on a plum or peach blossom tree. The bottom is glazed with a brown color. Unlike the imperial level quality ceramics, this piece might be a common ware.
Blue and White Landscape Porcelain Sake Cup
Size: Diameter 5.5cm Height 5.7cm
Comes with Tomobako
A finely made Japanese porcelain sake cup decorated with a Chinese landscape theme on the exterior. Chinese literati themes were popular since the mid Edo period with the influx and popularity of literati circles in major regions such as Kyoto, Edo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, etc. Such popularity in turn enhanced artistic development within Japanese art, creating a... Click for details
Chinese Porcelain Vase with Deer Head Handles Depicting Scenes From Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Mid to Late 20th century
Size: Height 62cm
From a Pebble Beach, CA collection of Chinese art
A oversized Chinese porcelain vase depicting scenes often referred from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and other classical Chinese literary and operatic scenes. The bottom contains an imperial mark but the work comes from much latter period.