The bowl portion of a 19th century Chinese Export porcelain Blue Fitzhugh sauce tureen is offered. No cover. No under plate. Impeccable condition - not even a scratch. An attractive, faint celadon tinge pooling in recesses does not successfully appear in our photographs. Pleasing, ripply surface inside the foot. Handle to handle is about 7 3/4" (19.68cm) long. Side to side is about about 5 1/8" (13cm) wide. The height is about 3 1/4" (8.25cm). If you already have a cover, you are in luck. If you also have an under plate, you are doing better. Would work famously with potpourri
A Chinese green nephrite jade model of a pig. Carved in good proportion and more suggestive of a pig than more commonly encountered abstract, angular examples of the Han dynasty. Sensitively modeled - swelling at the head, forefeet, back haunches, rump and belly. Relief and incised details for the snout, eyes, ears, neck, hooves, rear and tail. Drilled from center back to belly. The nephrite stone of an even, opaque consistency and of green color with buff colored calcification from the head, along the back and upper-right side, to the rear. Surgical steel does not leave a scratch. Acquired from TK Oriental Antiques as Han Dynasty in the early 90's. But we have seen realistically suggestive examples similar to the current object attributed to the Tang dynasty. 'Chinese Jades In The Avery Brundage Collection' (d'Argence, 1977, 2nd revised ed.) illustrates a primitive Six Dynasties example of comparable proportions and form (plate XXV). d'Argence comments how this similarly modeled example has evolved from the Han. We are very reserved in judging and describing jades - archaic looking jades in particular which we instead refer to as archaistic and possibly from a later period. The principal of TK Oriental Antiques explains the uneven calcification often found on archaic jades as owing to the position of the object relative to earth, minerals and natural forces coming into contact with an object for untold centuries. Good condition. Length from snout to tail is 3 inches (7.62cm). Highest point when standing is 1 3/8 inches (3.49cm)
A 19th century Japanese rectangular, slightly bombe, bronze brazier (hibachi) and incense burner. Decoration in the Chinese manner with a band of stylized lotus blossom palmettes below the rim appears above lappets with flower head ornaments spaced regularly around the girth and interrupted at each end with a lion head boss. Another band with stylized foliate decoration appears above the base raised on four post feet with lion head ornamentation. Decorative work is picked out with a darker patination for affect. Good condition. The bottom with two small patches surely dating to manufacture (these each appear near a foot in our fourth enlargement - not the sticker trace near the center of bottom.) Length between the lion head bosses at each end is 8 3/8 inches (21.2 cm). Widest point is 5 7/8 inches (14.9 cm). Height is 4 3/4 inches (12.06 cm).
A large, longquan type celadon lotus bowl with opqaque, olive green glaze. The lotus leaves with details incised into the shaped sides of the molded bowl with ridges for the lotus leaves, defined rim and raised on unglazed ring foot. At least Yuan dynasty and likely earlier. As difficult to augur regional origin (probably Southern) as dynastic origin. Good condition. Our images show some felt adhesed to the foot (not permanent) and some old sticker residue (which will also clean off.) Diameter 7 7/8 inches (20cm). Height 3 inches (7.62cm).
An unusual Chinese export blue and white porcelain candle holder. In simple, traditional Western form. The crackle surface with cobalt blue decoration under the glaze. The center with figures with antique treasures in garden. The bobeche with bamboo and blossoms. The foot with flowering branches. The center portion is bordered above and below with manganese "mirror black" glazed relief double rings (the lower border on the biscuit) suggesting the appearance of tarnished silver or metal ferrules. The unglazed, angular foot rim carefully shaped before firing and the glaze well controlled with slight crawl. Most interesting, the "mirror black" glazed rings fade to a soft grey-blue rather than to an iron tone. This indicates manganese mixed with cobalt as was done with 18th century Kangxi works (the 19th century mixing manganese with iron to achieve a similar effect.) We are not saying this recent acquisition is necessarily that old. It may be that it was expedient to use the cobalt already available for the under glaze decoration and it does not appear as controlled as might be expected. Then again, it is an export form. A beautiful piece in pristine condition. A slight list is not very noticeable when not framed within a picture. We will not charge extra for melted wax accumulated in the hollow core. We are broadly estimating age as 19th century. A pleasing hoist at 1 lb and 8.4 oz (692 grams). Height, about 8 inches (20.32 cm)
A Chinese folk art stitched silk panel with light blue, pink, white and other soft colors outlined in silver thread, all on taupe ground. Central roundel with bird on rock among flowers. the roundel surrounded by a diverse representation of the "treasures" including pomegranate, Buddha's hand, persimmon, peach, vases, butterfly, swords, gourds, lotus blossoms, scrolls and more. This work seems to be influenced (at least the centered bird) by rank badge design. Condition is good - possibly some fading of the nonetheless soft colors. Sight size (within frame) is 9 1/2 inches (24.13 cm) square. Some more margin remains under the frame which has not been opened. Frame size is 11 1/2 (29.3 cm) inches square
A 19th century Chinese silver plated brass and bronze opium water pipe with mixed metal Yin-Yang decoration of entwined carp with incised details encircled by incised and bright cut floral decoration including poppy blooms. An inscription adorns one end. Includes base, container, pipe, tool holders, tweezers. Good condition with silver plate rubbed in places to the brass or bronze and with some tarnish and surface oxidation and adherence from use. Height from surface to pipe stem is 9 5/8 inches. Height of base to flat top without accoutrements is 2 5/8 inches.
A Chinese turquoise glazed porcelaneous stoneware meiping form vase. In the Ming/Yuan Cizhou style albeit less freely decorated and the more consistently applied glaze color more typical of examples we have seen in credible auctions offered as Qing (not earlier than Kangxi [see such an example with missing rim in Christies, sale 3515, lot 557] though we believe our example to be later and possibly Republican.) A "Ming" example with the same form and the same decoration but restored rim was sold at Halls, Welsh Bridge, lot 24, 16 November 2011 and referred to another "very similar vase" in "Harrison-Hall, 2001, page 439 plate 14:9" and another similar example in "He Li 'Chinese Ceramics, the New Standard Guide', 1996, page 238 plate 480". The presently offered vase was drilled for mounting as a lamp and presumably hand marked "France" in red at the time of that modification - when Chinese turquoise glazed wares, among other Chinese monochrome ceramics, were enjoying great popularity in France. Good condition save for the drilled base. We should mention that while researching this vase, illustrated examples appeared bluer than our vase. But upon photographing in studio lighting conditions, our photographs also appeared more blue than the vase which actually retains slightly more green from the turquoise spectrum (as other examples probably also do when viewed in person.) Height: about 10 3/4 inches (27.3 cm)
Rare enameled paktong ('baitong') covered bowl on stand. Decorated in a muted lapis lazuli blue enamel within recessed lotus and vine motif and rim with key border on the bowl with bail handles; also on the cover centering a stylized Shou character roundel surrounded by five evenly arranged bats; and the base with a border of lotus leaves atop shaped skirt raised on cabriole legs on openwork foot suggestive of a coin, or 'cash' (together with the bowl hinting of a "hundred treasures" motif.) Other engraved and stippled decoration includes clouds on the cover, secondary vine on the bowl, and Shou characters on the stand's four cabriole legs. Signed with three engraved characters on the foot of the bowl. Very good condition. The enamel appears to have originally had a somewhat distressed and uneven appearance apparently using minerals prepared by hand - in places, particularly on the stand, appearing black. The covered bowl on stand is altogether about 6 1/2 inches height (16.51 cm). The bowl's diameter is about 7 1/8 inches (18.09 cm). We did not clean this up at all so as not to disturb patina.
We have found a blue enameled shallow bowl, as an example of the work rather than the form, in Christie's lot 32, sale 5909, London, South Kensington, 2009, 18th or 19th century (possibly the same bowl, cleaned up, as Christie's lot 79, sale 9024, London, South Kensington, 2001 where it was further describe as southern, Yunan, also 18th or 19th century.)
A late Ming or transitional cloisonne basin. Cranes among lotuses decoration inside the bowl in green, black, yellow, white, red and blue enamels; surrounded by galloping horse decoration inside the basin's sloped side; the broad rim everted and flat. Relatively good condition with minor warping and light enamel loss filled in places with hard wax as is typical with this medium. Of somewhat thinner body than earlier examples. 17th century. Diameter about 12 1/2 inches (31.75 cm). Height about 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm).
A Chinese carved horn scholar's table article. The cupped form itself carved to look like a large lotus leaf. Carved lotus leaves and blossoms also issue from its center. The sides carved with details of lotus leaves and blossoms, a fish and a pair of mandarin ducks further accentuate the aquatic theme. The form and motif may suggest the object was used as a small water coupe but would also work as a paper weight. The carved bottom depicting a pair of dragons encircling a two character mark. Good condition with minor shrinkage and movement of the organic material as might be expected with age. Length 4 1/4 inches (10.8 cm)
A small (under 2 inches diameter) antique Chinese blue and white porcelain covered cosmetic or seal paste box. Rabbit decoration in cobalt on white slip centered on the cover. An otherwise translucent glaze with faint celadon pooling over the top and bottom with ribbed sides suggesting petals of a lotus blossom. Probably late Ming or transitional. There is one small chip outside of the rim of the cover. A slightly larger chip inside and interrupting the rim. Smaller, older slight roughage of the rim to the cover does not appear objectionable. A fault in the firing has left a small opening on the bottom where the body has separated. Diameter up to 1 7/8 inch (4.76 cm)