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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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1900 item #1295161
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Shigenobu (Hiroshige II) 1826-1869. The oban tate-e triptych depicts Minamoto no Yorimitsu, Sakata no Kintoki and Watanabe no Tsuna entering the mountain home of the demons. Circa 1851-1853. Shigenobu was a pupil of Ando Hiroshige and adopted his name to become the second generation after his master's passing in 1858. Condition of these prints are faded, wrinkles - some creased, margins trimmed and uneven, light wormage and pin holes, light foxing and soil. As challenged as the condition sounds, this dramatic and colorful triptych would frame and present nicely on a decorative basis and as a conversation piece. These prints may best ship (at buyer's expense) detached from the current backing and matting to reduce package size.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1295012
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An attractive Ao-Kutani palette baluster vase. In the Yoshidaya style invoking the a Ko-Kutani variety utilizing dark and light blue, green, aubergine and yellow enamel decoration drawn in black enamel line. Portraying a landscape with a range of features including mountains, a sea, rockery, pines, architectural structures and figures. The base and shoulder with geometric patterns - roundels with auspicious symbols on the shoulder. Kutani mark on the foot. Late 19th to early 20th century. Very good condition with only light rubbing of the finely crazed enamel surface. Height about 8 1/2 inches (21.6 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1294889
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The Hirado figure of a monkey with moveable head and tonge. Portrayed as a Shinto priest with the addition of a fan used in performing the Manzai dance during New Year's festivities. Blue underglaze and iron oxide wash on the biscuit and over the glaze. Meiji period. Good condition. Height, 3 5/8 inches (9.21 cm)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1294888
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A Korean celadon duck form water dropper. The olive green glaze with a fine, regular craze. The unglazed, flat foot oxidized to an even, warm brown tone. We believe it to be 20th century though impossible to be more specific. The foot suggests it was not fired with an oxygen reduction kiln as seen with similar, later copies of this famous Koryo design. Perfect condition. From bill to tail, 5 1/2 inches long (13.97 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1700 item #1294688
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A small Korean celadon bowl on raised foot. The rim flattened and very slightly everted The glaze pooling to olive tones over the celadon body. Some small points of iron oxidation in the glaze. Attractive, small light blue speckling and veining inside the stout, raised foot. Some kiln grit adhering, mostly inside the foot rim. With the small exception of chip a along the foot rim, the bowl is in very good condition. Joseon dynasty. Diameter at widest span, about 4 5/8 inches (11.74 cm). Height about 3 inches (7.62 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1700 item #1294687
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A Korean celadon bowl. Simple, deep form with slightly everted rim and no decoration. Close inspection of the surface reveals under the translucent glaze wipe marks from the application of a thin, drab slip unevenly over the celadon body. The glaze with some areas of calcification. The short foot with some areas of exposed body oxidized to a buff-iron color. Kiln grit adhering to the foot. Light scratching mostly in the bottom of the bowl otherwise very good condition. Joseon dynasty. Diameter at widest span, 5 3/8 inches (13.65 cm). Height at hightest point, 3 3/8 inches (8.57 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1293315
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A fine little Hirado figural group depicting two karako playing with a Shishi-mai (lion dance) mask. Sharply modeled with incised details and sparse blue, aubergine and black underglaze decoration. The karako's eyes, the lion mask and the underside unglazed. The biscuit surface of the lion mask intentionally oxidized to an even, light buff tone. Good condition with only a few tiny "flea bite" surface flakes one must look closely for and not detracting (our close images depict them larger than life with commentary in the captions.) Length, 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm). Height, 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1293308
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A large Ao-Kutani palette porcelain plaque in the Yoshidaya manner. Two geese in garden landscape with palm tree, lotus among rockery and water in finely applied blue, green, aubergine, black and yellow enamels. A black key border with green overglaze enamel around the canted rim. The back not glazed except for a black enamel square Kutani kiln mark with overglaze green enamel and two character black enamel artist mark with overglaze green enamel in oval. Two points of the back recessed and pierced before firing to provide for suspension display of the plaque. The so called Yoshidaya type of 19th century Ao-Kutani wares is named for a merchant who revived production of a particular palette of Ko-Kutani production (of the 17th and early 18th century) adjacent to the original kilns. The current example certainly appears to be 19th century. Later 19th century Ao-Kutani palette production is often ambitiously ascribed to the Yoshidaya kiln which, in fact, operated only briefly from the 1820s to the early 1830s. We recently purchased this as Yoshidaya style Ao-Kutani appeals to us personally (as one might tell from our recently listed auction lots.) We offer it here while we are auctioning other Ao-Kutani wares. It came to us framed and we retain the frame (illustrated) to ship with the plaque. Light enamel loss in the scene not distracting from its appeal. More enamel loss evident along the rim which would be covered with the frame in place. Sparse and light small scratches and rubbing. Otherwise, good and presentable condition. Plaque dimensions (not including the frame) about 13 1/4 inches by about 12 inches (33.65 cm x 30.48 cm). Weight without frame 7.03 lbs (3.19 kg)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1293235
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A large Ko-Kutani style porcelain, charger sized, deep dish or shallow bowl. In the Ao-Kutani palette but with addition of red enamel to the array of blue, green, aubergine, yellow, black and chocolate brown enamel. The interior with bird perched on a peony stem, the cavetto with band of repeating diamond pattern. The back glazed green over black karakusa. The bottom yellow with black mark under a square green glazed reserve. Probably early 20th century, this quality of production can routinely be found described as 19th century. Good condition with some crazing in the glaze. Diameter, 14 15/16 inches (37.9 cm). Weight, 5.41 lb (2.453 kg)