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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1837 VR item #1287476
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A good Korean mother of pearl inlaid small chest of drawers. The front with inlaid decoration of pairs of birds (including, recognizably, ducks and phoenix) among lotus, bamboo, peaches and peonies on flat black lacquered ground. This is one of those wonderful finds of both honest age and undisturbed condition. All the wood with evidence only of being hand worked and appearing untouched since made with good, honest patina on all the secondary woods as well. The extent of conservation over time appears to be a couple of patched corners to the inlaid drawer facings and sparse replacement of some missing wooden pins (yes good, old wooden pins throughout) with a nail here and there. As one with experience dealing in period furniture, I would have to say that this is not only in good condition but also thankful that it has not been altered. As obvious from the unlevel shelves seen in our pictures, it is in need of a proper (hide) regluing. So it will ship with the drawers and dividers a bit loose. Height, 10 5/8 inches (26.9 cm), Width, about the same (27 cm), Depth, 10 1/8 inches (25.7 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1287472
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An unusual betel nut set. Comprised of six pieces of Chinese paktong including an octagonal tray, four elongated six sided hinged boxes together fitting within the octagonal tray and centering a square space in which fits a single octagonal hinged box containing lime residue (the square space accommodating the hinges from all five boxes.) Paktong being an alloy of brass, nickel and tin to imitate silver with resistance to tarnish, the surface of paktong can hold a high burnish but does acquire patina over time. This set exhibits a dull patina from rubbing and exposure of the top surfaces while retaining the burnished luster on the sides of the boxes and trays. Condition is good with minor discoloration of the rubbed top surfaces. The hinges lack retaining pins which may have been wood (in which case simply enough replaced.) As these appear to have been brushed (possibly for affect when made), they may clean but the top surfaces might not again acquire the burnished quality of the side surfaces unless again burnished (we do not disturb metal surfaces.) Tray, point to point 9 3/8 inches (23.8 cm), side to side 8 5/8 inches (22 cm). Box length, 4 3/4 inches (12.07 cm). Central box dimension 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1287469
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A Philippined betel nut box. Silver inlaid decoration on bronze. Rectangular form with canted corners and conforming hinged cover over three comparments (two small side compartments, one with old lime residue, flanking one large central compartment also with hinged covers. All hinges held by wood pinning. Good condition. Length, not including the bale handles on each side, 6 7/8 inches (17.46 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1287141
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A Korean blue and white porcelain water dropper. Cube form with bracket feet on the four corners, a spout along the top edge on one side, and a whole (for displacement) near center top. Painterly floral decoration within line border on the sides. Geometric flower head decoration on the top. Stable cracks, a couple surface chips, and loss to the spout. All dimensions about 2 1/4 inches (5.715 cm) except for the height which is about 2 1/8 inches (5.39 cm). Joseon dynasty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1287123
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A fine and attractive, old Chinese bronze seal. The characters stylized to fit a round impression area. The grip labeled with a more legible reading (in contrast with the stylized impression). Either red lacquer or seal vermillion in the recesses help the characters of the label stand out. A ring through the grip, with higher copper content than the seal, also displaying a rich, old patina. Very good condition. Diameter of the impression area, 1 1/4 inches (3.175 cm). Height, about 13/16 inch (.812 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1287120
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A Chinese bronze alloy seal of light color (perhaps high in zinc) and tall, rectangular-cube form with shaped top. Very good condition with some fingerprint impressions on the surface (not as conspicuous in person as they are under light in the photographs.) Weighty for the size at 10.2 oz (288 gm). An informed associate once related to me (many years ago now) that antimony in earlier Chinese bronze alloys contribute significantly to weight. Dimensions, 2 1/8 inches (cm) x 1 9/16 inches (cm) x 3/4 inches (cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1287117
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A simple Chinese bronze seal. Of flat, square form, the redeeming virtue of this seal is the attractive archaistic four characters. Has quite an early if not utilitarian feel. Good condition with some small areas of pitting. About 1 1/4 inches (3.175 cm) square.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1930 item #1286921
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Woodblock print of Nikko Kegon-no-taki (Kegon falls in Nikko) by Kawase Hasui from the series ukiyo-e monyo shu (Collection of ukiyo-e designs). The water depicted in the falls is textured. signed Hasui, sealed Kawase, publisher's mark Bijutsusha ("Rumi") and titled in the right margin. Image area, height about 14 5/16 inches (36.35 cm) by width about 9 3/8 inches (23.81 cm). Including margins, height about 15 3/8 inches (39.1 cm) by width about 10 2/8 inches (26.04 cm) near the top to 10 3/8 inches (26.35 cm) toward the bottom. Not being a print expert, I would describe the condition as good but with toning to areas of the print that seem to follow white areas and certain colors such as the margins, the falls, and darker areas of the terrain behind the falls. This can be observed particularly from our illustration of the back. Hinged by tape to the matte (dry and losing adhesive quality.) This was acquired by us early in 2014 from a Washington DC area consignment shop.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1286858
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Korean, Joseon dynasty blue and white porcelain bottle. Bamboo grove decoration. Compare with the bottle in the same form and proportion in Masterpieces of the Ho-Am Art Museum, 1982, object 78 (page 99). [The Ho-Am bottle is also illustrated in The Ceramic Art of Korea, 1961, object 88(page 196) when it was in the Jai-hyung Sohn collection. Kim and Gompertz describe the form as "an unusual shape".] Condition is good with the acceptaible kiln and firing faults common to Korean ceramics, slight list to the neck, a bit primitive. Height to rim about 6 1/4 inches (15.875 cm). Weight 1.71 lbs (776 grams)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1286666
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Chinese scroll painting depicting figures in boats in mountainous landscape with bridge and retreats. A note attached by old paperclip (the note very dry and brittle with age) indicates "Chien Chien-chiu, member of the legislative Yuan and chief, Women's Activities Section, KMT". A search on the name paired with Kuomintang finds that Chien Chien-chiu was a member of the Central Committee of the KMT at least between 1969 and 1973 when nominated with eight others by Chiang Kai-shek to the presidium for its Fourth Plenary Session. This is interesting whether Chien Chien-chiu is the artist or presented the painting as it illustrates the tradition of literati interest and scholarship among statespeople in Chinese culture. The painting is in good, clean condition with wrinkles/folds in the mounting not intruding terribly into the paper of the painting (will remount nicely.) The scroll ends are buffalo horn. Painting height 27 1/8 inches (68.9 cm), width 11 5/18 inches (28.65 cm). Mounting height about 53 1/4 inches (135.3 cm), width 14 1/2 inches (36.83 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1286231
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$3,900.00
An unusual, attractive and well appointed famille rose Bitong (brushpot.) Figures in panels decoration on a red and black burl patterned background. Green Artemisia leaf on the foot. The octagonal form is infrequently encountered as compared with hexagonal and other forms (particularly round ones) as one researches similar examples from leading public auctions. This brushpot has also been fitted with slightly convex hardwood cover of conforming octagonal shape - embedded with a bronze, Han dynasty style turtle form seal finial (we have included among our photographs one illustrating the characters on the seal.) The antique hardwood stand appears to be a later marriage - fitting only because some of the rim of the stand is missing - and presents nicely enough with the loss to the rear. The brushpot itself is in reasonably sound condition with smaller and larger glaze frits (some older and filled, one a bit deeper than the glaze), and an apparent "crows foot" to the inside though not conveying to the glaze on the outside (so stable and no more bothersome than a little crazing.) Proper conservation of the frits shouldn't be all that daunting a project. At least 19th century, the Artemisia leaf mark and citrus peel texture suggest an earlier period. Height of brushpot 5 1/8 inches (13 cm), diameter point to point of rim about 6 1/8 inches (15.6) [up to 5 1/8 inches diameter side to side of rim] Weighs 2.85 lbs (1.291 kgs) Out of a Maryland estate last year.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1284674
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$575.00
A good, large murashido patinated bronze vase. Raised geese and irises decoration including some katakiribori details. The bottom may have been reversed when reattaching it at some later time. From inside the vase can be seen on the bottom a 16 petal chrysanthemum overlaid by Kashiwa (oak leaf) mon and on a bed of same - all in relief. We illustrate the interior bottom in one of our enlargement views (pardon the uncleaned state.) Reasonably good condition with light rubbing and minor, acceptable distress t the surface. In the hands of an experienced metalworker a light cleaning and some care should do wonders for this object. Just over 12 1/2 inches (32 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Organics : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1283682
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$475.00
A carved wood sculptural figure representing a Continental soldier in Napoleonic era style uniform. All from a single block of wood: The hat with feather plume, horse hair and visor over mustachioed face, shoulder epaulettes on red coat with long tails - one with pocket pouch, accouterment belts holding roll and pouch crossing the chest with white blouse, also white gloves grasping the sabre hilt and scabbard, black trousers with one leg forward, all on a block plinth (also from the same, single block of wood as the figure) with sides painted in a fugitive blue or turquoise. The attention to detail on this figure (the pocket pouch on one coat tail, the configuration of the accouterment belt, the textured horse hair carved with the hat, etc.) is really extraordinary. 19th century. Condition is good with no significant loss to the carved wood. Minor wood loss on two points of the sabre tassel. The surface rich with patina, some paint loss (patina varying across points of paint loss depending on freshness - see additional images.) Height about 18 inches (45.72 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1920 item #1283118
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$375.00
A good, signed Satsuma dish. Center with key border and fan panels decorated respectively with court ladies, court nobles, Samurai, courtesans, tea ceremony objects, butterflies and landscape. The decoration encompasses the formal and the pleasure aspects of the elite classes. A polychrome floral ground and gilt floral rim border round out the rich decoration. Signed rather simply on the base. With this good quality of decoration, one could reasonably assume the artist may have at times worked in one of the more important Satsuma ateliers. Very good condition with no issues. Diameter, 6 1/4 inches (15.875 cm). Weight 11.1 oz (315 g).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1700 item #1282771
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$495.00
An Annamese blue and white porcelain dish. Flower decoration in cavetto centered by leaves and flowers decorated bands within unglazed rim. Leaf lappet decoration above the ring foot centering unglazed bottom with typical iron wash. 15th to 16th century. Good condition, crawling original to the firing, crazing to glaze, good resonance when tapped, no hairlines and no cracks. Diameter, 9 1/2 to 9 5/8 inches (about 24.3 cm). Height, little more than 2 1/4 inches (about 5.75 cm). Acquired through a third party, along with some of the other ceramic lots we have recently listed, from the estate of a retired government employee who worked and traveled extensively throughout Asia in the 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1282665
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$395.00
A Thai market Chinese porcelain bowl. Turquoise, iron red, white, yellow, blue, green, black and magenta enamel decoration. Known as Benjarong, this class of porcelain made and decorated for the Thai taste of the period is so unique to that market that it is often thought of as a Thai ceramic. Metal covered rim and foot. The present example has wear and minor loss to the enamel in the bowl and a hairline crack from the rim (illustrated.) Condition issues are not uncommon with 19th century Southeast Asian market Chinese porcelain which also helps to explain the popularity of metal rims on these (perhaps more vigorously used) ceramics. The bowl in otherwise good condition with body and glaze crawling inside the foot from the firing. Bowl diameter a little more than 7 inches (17.8 cm), Height 3 5/8 inches (9.21 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1282664
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A pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain cups. Nicely painted decoration of three flower arrangements on each cup - the bouquets respectively centering a peony, a chrysanthemum and a camellia bloom (appearing to represent blooms from different seasons.) The cobalt blue has a deep, clean quality. Late 19th to early 20th century. Condition is good - one cup with small flake inside the foot rim (illustrated.) Height each, little more than 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm). Diameter each, about 3 1/4 inches (8.25 cm) - one slightly under.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1282391
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$285.00
19th century Chinese covered blue and white porcelain bowl or jar. Probably Vietnam market (the painterly decoration and the form are consistent with this.) Decoration of scholarly figures in garden landscape. Condition relatively good. In detail, a minor, small intact fracture to the foot rim, a few very minor "fleabite" flakes inside the rim, a small glaze frit on the cover, an old scratched in character on the cover. Height (together) about 4 3/4 inches (12.1 cm)