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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1317892
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A well carved mingei keyaki (zelkova) wood carp from yokogi (pot adjuster). The scales carved with dimension, rather than simply carved outline, and successfully utilizing the elm grain on one side to conform with the shape of individual scales. Rich patina as expected from hanging above hearth for some time. The eyes appear to be an inlaid material with vitreous surface (perhaps crystal, or polished shell or horn.) Some old wood loss at the end of the tail otherwise in good condition with expected wear from use including an old small loss on the carp's lip which could be easily filled. The surface is more consistent in color than our photographs which exhibit some reflection of light. Length, about 14 inches
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : American : Federal : Pre 1837 VR item #1317686
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A fine, late Federal work table. Classical design four column - pedestal base with four swept legs, columns and legs with carved acanthus leaf decoration, terminating in brass paw feet on casters. Supporting a rectangular case of two graduated drawers, the case with deeply concave corners, the hinged top conforming to the case in shape. The top opening to a lined writing surface, also hinged, opening in turn with an easel support providing a canted work surface. Compartments flanking and storage below the hinged work surface. Looks like the original lion mask brasses. Beautiful figured mahogany surface throughout. Poplar secondary wood. Much hay is made by collectors and dealers in attributions of pieces at this level. Sloan's Auctioneers offered a game table in 2001, probably from the same workshop, with citations of a breakfast or parlor table with related design by Duncan Phyfe in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a card table in the Baltimore Museum of Art (sale 913, March 2001, lot 227) [A copy of the Sloan's catalog will accompany this work table.] A dealer showed me another piece with the same type base (though not as nicely carved) and underside, also probably the same work shop, and attributed theirs as Charles-Honoré Lannuier. We will stop short of making a lofty attribution but hold out this table as self evidently excellent work. Good condition with reasonable conservation over its life. Note the slightly more oxidized lower drawer which was exposed to open air from the ventilated underside of the case. Circa 1820. Height, about 32 1/2 inches. Width, about 22 3/8 inches. Depth, about 16 1/4 inches. We are offering American furniture from our personal collection while lightening up in preparation for a far move - reasonable offers entertained. Purchased in neglected condition from a Washington DC consignment shop in the 90s and gave it the preservation it deserved in preparation for the next steward.
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : American : Federal : Pre 1837 VR item #1317299
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Federal Mahogany swell front chest of drawers. Yellow pine and poplar secondary woods. Maryland, probably Baltimore, 1790 to 1810. This chest is similar in ways to an example in "Furniture in Maryland, 1740-1940", Weidman, 1984, item #77, page 123. On both, the top conforms to the bow front case, projecting a bit beyond the case. And both have nicely formed French feet, inlaid banding on the drawers and above the skirt, and inlaid chevrons centering the escutcheons. In fact, the present chest came from the estate of Dr. Harvey William Cushing (1869-1939) while the chest illustrated in the cited volume (in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society) came from a descendant of the Cushing family - with Baltimore roots going back to at least the 1770s. More history regarding the Cushing family can be found in the volume and later history in a letter we obtained from the dealer who sold the chest to us (which also mentions how they acquired the chest.) Unlike the published chest, the inlaid bands on the present chest are along the drawer edges, with oval stringing on the drawer faces, and a single top drawer atop three more graduated drawers. In good, presentable condition, it appears the chest may have had restorative work to the top and likely a later refinish, pulls appear to be replacements. One drawer pull is loose on one side and some distress to inlaid banding. Height, about 42 1/4 inches. Depth about 23 1/16 inches. Height 36 3/4 inches. We are offering American furniture from our personal collection while lightening up in preparation for a far move - reasonable offers entertained. Provenance: Dr. Harvey William Cushing, an unnamed Baltimore dealer, a Frederick Md dealer (disclosed to purchaser), ourselves.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1970 item #1316882
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The English adaption, by Burton Watson, of Chinese Sculpture, Bronzes And Jades In Japanese Collections, Yuzo Sugimura, 1966 (first English edition, hardcover.) A scholarly catalog format of important Chinese works of art in Japanese collections with sections featuring Tomb Sculpture, Buddhist Figures, Bronzes and Jades. Profusely illustrated with excellent, full bleed black and white plates and a small number of tipped color plates. Embossed, cloth bound hardcover. Ex Libris Gerald D. Schultz. We are not book specialists and are selling from our own library collection. We consider this book to be in excellent condition with unmarked pages. The dust cover is worn and with tears. Library of Congress Card Catalog Number 66-22477
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Fine Art : Pre 1990 item #1316879
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Bronze, Clay and Stone - Chinese Art in the C.C. Wang Family Collection, by Annette L. Juliano, 1988 (first edition, hardcover.) A scholarly catalog of 75 important early works of art in bronze metalwork, clay ceramic, and sculpted stone. Richly illustrated with color plates, the unnumbered pages include additional introduction, appendix of comparable excavated examples, and indices. We are not book specialists and are selling from our own library collection. We consider this book to be in excellent condition with unmarked pages. ISBN 0-295-96805-2 (We include in the illustrations of this volume a picture of a color plate depicting a Han dynasty bronze hu not unlike one we are offering for sale in our online catalog.)
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1990 item #1316783
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Art From Ritual, Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, introduction and catalogue by Dawn Ho Delbanco, 1983 (first edition, hardcover.) A scholarly study of 70 important ancient bronzes from the Shang to the Eastern Zhou dynasties. 157 pages illustrated profusely with full page color plates and black and white details. Detailed, scholarly discussion of items in the Sackler collection following an informative introduction. Ex Libris Warren E. Burger, 15th Chief Justice of the United States. Including a typed note from Sonnenreich & Roccograndi (a law practice) dated May 23, 1983 to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger "with compliments of Arthur M. Sackler, M.D." We acquired this volume in the mid 1990s from Second Story Books, Rockville Maryland, which company sold the art books from the estate of Chief Justice Burger. We are not book specialists and are selling from our own library collection. We consider this book to be in excellent condition with unmarked pages. ISBN 0-916724-55-7 (Two ISBN numbers are given, one designating paperbound and the other clothbound. But the present hardcover volume has faux leather covered boards, the front with gilt embossed title. We include an additional illustration of the front board.)
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #1316778
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This is Volume I of Ancient Chinese Bronzes In The Arthur M. Sackler Collections - Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, by Robert W. Bagley, 1987 (first edition.) A must have for serious students of ancient Chinese bronzes. 599 richly illustrated pages including index and credits. Steeped in substantive historical, cultural, techniques, styles and forms, scientific analyis, and other scholarship. We are not book specialists and are selling from our own library collection. We consider this book to be in good condition with unmarked pages, slightly rubbed dustcover in good condition, light warping to part bottom of some pages from water exposure. ISBN 0-674-80525-9
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1315216
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A Chinese famille rose decorated porcelain foliate bowl. The exterior with swallows flying over a green sea with fish and blossoms. The foot with a band of blue and butterflies and flowers decoration. The interior and foot glazed with a turquoise enamel. The foliate rim a light cafe au lait with traces of gilt enamel. Six character Dauguang seal mark in red enamel and possibly late in the period - this type and quality of wares being produced in the decline of the mid to late 19th century and this being a better example (by the Tongzhi reign quality had become notoriously poor.) "CHINA" has been scratched into the turquoise enamel under the mark, no doubt to satisfy import requirements at the time. There is an almost 7/17 inch ( cm) chip mostly under the rim, surface lightly scratched and high points rubbed inside the bowl, otherwise good condition and no cracks. Diameter, about 5 1/2 inches (14 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1315212
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A simply shaped porcelain snuff bottle with iron brown landscape decoration expertly painted, as if an ink painting, on the yellow ground before firing. While at first appearing possibly to be grisaille, the iron brown details are not over the yellow but rather softly melded with it. The ridges of the mountains, leaves of the trees, and other details clearly defined and textured with slight heaping. It is difficult to photograph the decoration as well as it presents in person. Depth of field is achieved in the decoration by fading distant or smaller points into the yellow ground with softer brush strokes. A Qianlong four character mark is in blue underglaze inside the foot ring but we think the bottle is probably rather a good 19th century work. Good condition. Height, 2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm)
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Souvenirs : Pre 1910 item #1315199
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A German porcelain regimental stein commemorating the service of reservist Kupperling in the 11th Train Battalion at Cassel Germany from 1904 to 1906. Other surnames on the unit roster are painted on the sides. A lithopane bottom shows, against light, a reservist and fraulein against a village landscape. The pewter top is a bit loose at the joint and in its grip on the handle, has a slight warp along the rim and the stein was acquired with the horse flattened a bit but easily pulled back up (probably a fairly high lead content in the pewter alloy.) One of the struts under the horse is severed (see detailed illustration) but could be easily soldered by a metal specialist. Otherwise all good condition with no faults to the porcelain. Total height to top of the horse and rider finial, about 11 1/8 inches (28.26 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1314200
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This Qing dynasty Kang table with foldable legs was probably meant to be portable, for example to the garden, countryside or for travel. While it is dressed up with a rich burl wood veneer (with inlaid decoration of bats and precious objects) and dark lacquer (the tone of more valuable but heavier hardwoods), the construction is of a lighter weight wood and weighing just under 9 lb (barely over 4 kg). Condition is good considering age and use. While the burl veneer shows some patchwork, likely including some old repairs along its life, and the lacquer only minor wear, we could consider it fortunate that the table survives to us in as presentable a state. One piece of wood across the underside appears possibly to have been added later for support. The white felt pads were adhered to the feet before we acquired the table and we have not removed them. While showing good wear and patina, we assess it be at least 19th century. Length is about 22 1/2 inches (57.2 cm), Width is about 14 3/4 inches (37.5 cm), Height is about 10 3/8 inches (26.4 cm). The table also doubles nicely as a display stand, when folding the legs under, with a height (legs folded) of 3 7/8 inches (9.8 cm). See our illustrations for an example of use as a display stand. For a comparable example of about the same size and proportions, see Bonhams sale 22412, lot 8541.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1960 item #1310738
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A Yixing pottery teapot imitating a section of knotted tree with branches forming the spout, handle and cover finial. Prunus blossoms issuing within the relief decoration. Marked within the cover. 20th century. We are comfortable estimating the current example to be at least mid-century. Good condition. Length from handle to spout, about 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm). Height to tallest point, about 2 1/2 (6.35 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1310570
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A Chinese paktong opium smoking suite. The cloisonne decorated base holding cylindrical covered box marked with single character on foot and profusely under hinged lid, two tools in holders, and two part pipe marked with single character on foot (threaded bowl missing.) Condition is good with small enamel losses to the cloisonne decoration (an acceptable method of conservation is hard, colored foundry or casting wax.) Height from bottom of base to top of pipe stem is about 10 1/4 inches (26 cm). Late Qing dynasty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1310529
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A pair of famille verte palette biscuit porcelain Foo lions. Green, aubergine, yellow and black line enamel decoration of the lions on plinths with butterflies and flowers motif. The slightly taller one with ball and in good condition with only minor color touch up on one eye. The slightly smaller one with young and with one section of broken head restuck sloppily with glue otherwise presents well on a shelf though teeth separated (could be cleaned up easily enough though we don't mess with pieces.) Interchangeably referred to as "lions" or "dogs", they probably derive their inspiration from the Chinese Chow Chow (perhaps the oldest recognizable domestic dog breed.) In some studies, such inspiration can be imagined while in others (such as Kangxi style biscuit figures) the "lions" are more stylized. This subject, along with the palette, is generally thought to be Kangxi and is typically attributed (if not wishfully) to that period. Surviving examples from the Kangxi period of the famille verte palette on biscuit, however, are considered to be few. Most of what we encounter on the market is surely from the Qing dynasty and most from the 19th century which is where we date these - late 19th century. Assuming a value of $495 for the one in good condition and $195 for the one with restuck section of head, we therefore offer this pair at $690. Height (taller), 9 7/8 inches (25.1 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1310460
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A Han dynasty bronze hu vase. Raised on high, cupped foot. The body cast with three grooves bands around the circumference and below the girth. Another three grooved bands (one smaller) above the girth. Two mask handles with loose rings (original to the vase) on opposing sides of the shoulder. One larger grooved band under the rim. Condition sound with the vessel of solid casting, no active rust and good patina. Some old losses along the foot rim and holes under the girth on one side possibly from an impact or once active rust. The bottom once drilled for a lamp and now plugged (see illustration of inside bottom.) A good metalworker could easily patch the holes and losses for aesthetic display (whether with patinated bronze or with another material such as gold so as not to hide the conservation. Height, about 13 3/8 inches (about 34 cm). For examples of the same form, patina and grooved bands, see Christies 2009 sale 5812 lot 144 and Sothebys 2011 sale 8722 lot 310. Weight may be a factor to ship this item. When placing this vase on our scale it errors out at over 5 kg or 11 lb.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1310276
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A set of six unusual Buddhist bronze figures, each seated upon a lotus base and generally forming a pear shape. The mustached and bearded figures with plumed head wear and flowing robes each holding a musical instrument - one reading a sutra. It appears the figures were all from the same mould while the arms and attributes were done separately and joined to the figures. The latter figure (particularly) exhibiting wear to the apparently gilt surface, revealing the bronze alloy on the rubbed stomach and sides. The underside of each bronze closed by a recessed copper plate with embossed decoration. Hasty research finds that Indonesia has along history of three dimensional mandalas of which the 9th century temple at Borobodur provides the grandest example. Small Indonesian bronze mandala figures are known to date to as early as the 10th century. The tradition has persisted or repeated into the turn of the 20th century. These figures, clearly with Asian characteristics but with South Asian qualities including longer hair and full mustaches and beards below the chin, may represent later Islamic influence (though depiction of a human form and especially an idol would be prohibited within strict interpretation of Islam.) A melding of different religious experience and culture can be observed. We have seen only a couple similar figures described as late 19th century or early 20th century and only one other set. About turn of the century, we opt for a conservative dating of "pre 1920". We arrive at a price of $900 from an average of about $150 per figure but sold as a set. Good condition though showing imperfections of somewhat provincial castings and metalwork. Each height about 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) to top of plume.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1700 item #1295312
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This green glazed, or celadon, jar is after the Longquan tradition but probably Thai, Sawankhalok production (the glaze just a bit translucent for Longquan and the foot perhaps stouter.) Buff colored body where not glazed on the foot. The ring handles flanking the rim have at some point been restored. The glaze with crazing and some scratching - mostly on the shoulder and the girth of the jar. Otherwise in good condition. About 6 inches diameter (15.24 cm). The height is about 5 1/4 inches (13.35 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1700 item #1295306
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A larger Sawankhalok Covered Jar. Underglaze decoration of panels with foliate decoration on the jar, scrolling vine with blossoms on the cover with knop finial. The glaze weathered and crazed. One small old line on the unglazed rim of the jar - concealed when the cover is in place. Otherwise good condition.