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ORIENTAL ART AND DECOR
~ Partial Inventory ~

An Exceptional 19th Century Chinese Export Black Lacquer Tea Caddy, Guangzhou (Canton) Circa 1800
The exterior decorated overall in black lacquer with hand painted gilt foliate motifs, the hinged lid opening to reveal three oblong pewter canisters, the central canister - used for blending, flanked on either side by matching canisters for both black and green teas, all three having richly embossed lids overtop recessed lids with turned wooden finials. Dimensions, 6” high x 10” wide x 6” deep.
In very good condition overall with minor wear consistent with age, materials and use.
Reference: A near identical example is illustrated in the ‘Chinese Export, Art & Design’ department of the permanent collection at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
It may be of further interest to note that the example in the V&A Collection has only two canisters, whereas the tea caddy in our inventory is of a more complete nature, having three – the third as previously mentioned in the above description, used for blending the two varieties of tea.

To view the V&A example visit the V&A website ‘Collections’ page and search FE. 170 F-1975)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Very Good & Exceptionally Large Japanese Imari Porcelain Censer, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The bellied body having twin handles and a conforming pierced lid with a Shi-Shi lion finial, decorated overall with hand painted geometric & foliate motifs in cobalt blue, iron-red & gilt, against a garden scene interspersed by two large cobalt-traced panels of gated meadows, prunus & mystical horses. Raised overall upon three kabuki-inspired mask supports. In excellent condition overall, minor wear consistent with age & use. Dimensions, 17” high x 16” wide (across the handles).
SOLD
 
 
 

An Exceptionally Fine 19th Century Japanese Satsuma Vase, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The quatrefoil shaped body profusely decorated in gilt and hand painted panels of geishas, scholars and Buddhistic deities, the underside bearing satsuma marks & Shimazu family crest in gilt against a grey field. Raised overall upon its original and intricately carved & pierced wooden stand.
Height of vase, 12”, height of stand, 2”.
In excellent overall condition with very minor rubbing, repair to one support of wooden base.

SOLD

 

A Chinese Bronze Grouping of Five Miniature Seals / Chops, Late Qing Period
Four of the seals depicting mythological beasts atop squared bases – the fifth seal showing a seated laughing Buddha, all bearing incised chop marks to their undersides and exhibiting very good patina overall. The largest seal measuring 1.75” high. Likely belonging to what is known as a ‘Puzzle Seal’.

 
 
 

A Very Fine Signed Japanese Ivory Okimono Grouping, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
A finely detailed grouping depicting a man and woman attired in traditional costume seated in front of a donabe (cook-pot) while sharing a meal, the man tends to the pot with chopsticks, the woman reaching towards the fire to warm her hands, beside them is a small table set with cooking utensils and fish. Both figures exhibiting finely detailed facial features and costumes accented with stained & inked highlights, (note the inro & conch shaped netsuke knotted about the man’s waist).
Signed on the underside in characters. Dimensions, 1.75” high x 4.5” long x 3” deep

 
 

   
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Fine Chinese Celadon Porcelain Water Pot, Republic Period (1912-1949)
The body of compressed globular form having a short flaring neck rising from a shallow indenture, exhibiting a fine celadon glaze overall. The base showing six-character under-glaze blue marks for Guangxu Period.
Dimensions, 3” high x 4” diameter.

 
 
 
 

A Finely Carved Japanese Ivory Okimono of Rats, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The two rats shown ripping open an ear of corn exposing a re-coiling snake, their bodies finely scored to replicate hair, their faces inset with glass eyes rimmed with ink highlights.
Dimensions, 2.5” high x 2.25” long x 1.75” wide. Apparently unsigned, restoration to one arm.
(The rat has long been esteemed as a model of success & prosperity in Japanese culture)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Finely Carved Ivory Okimono of a Mussel, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The interior showing a finely carved three dimensional strata depicting figures in a garden setting, the outer ‘shell’ showing a carved fish motif laying atop a sea fern.
Dimensions, 1.25” high x 2.5” long x 1.5” wide

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Pair of Carved Chinese Soapstone Seals or Chops, 19th / 20th Century
Both mottled russet columns topped with carved mythical beasts.
Height, 4.25”

SOLD

 
 

A Chinese Porcelain Famille Rose Celadon & Enamel Dish, Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
Decorated in enamels depicting a crane, birds of paradise & prunus.
Rubbed red character marks and remnants of paper labels affixed to the underside.
Diameter 5 3/8”.

 
 
 
 

A Fine Edo Period Nabeshima Celadon Porcelain & Enamelled Plate, Japan Circa 1800
The fluted circular body decorated with enamels depicting a woven basket containing an abundance of flowers & vinery, raised upon a conforming circular foot. Diameter 8.5”


 
 
 

A Fine 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain & Enamel Bowl, Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
The lobed circular body decorated with polychrome enamels depicting peony blossoms, chrysanthemums & vinery, raised upon a conforming circular foot.
Dimensions, 3.5” x 8”

SOLD

 
 
 

A 19th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Chestnut Basket & Flat, Canton Circa 1840
The oval shaped basket having a pierced and reticulated body decorated with hand painted oriental themes, resting upon its conforming pierced flat. Overall condition of both is excellent, some small unglazed firing spots noted along the interior perimeter of the basket’s base.
Dimensions, (basket) 3” x 8.5” x 7.5”, (flat) 9” x 7.5”.

 
 
 
 

A Chinese Bronze Paperweight in the Form of Two Recumbent Horses,
Late Qing Dynasty (Circa 1910)

Dimensions,1.5” x 2.25” x .25”.

 
 
 
 

A Late 19th / Early 20th Century Five-Pronged Silver, Turquoise & Coral Vajra, Tibetan Circa 1900
The central sphere symbolic of the primordial nature of the universe, capped at either end by two eight-petalled lotus blossoms from which emanates five prongs, four called Makara that are encrusted with coral & turquoise cabochons, surrounding a central prong which together represents ‘The Five Poisons’ (desire, anger, delusion, pride & envy) which are in constant conflict with the five similarly detailed prongs at the opposing end that represent ‘The Five Wisdoms’ (individuality, mirror-like wisdom, reality, equality & sympathetic joy).
A Vajra is a Buddhistic ritual element and is the Sanskrit term referencing both ‘Diamond’ for indestructability and ‘Thunderbolt’ for irresistible force.
Dimensions, 6” x 2”. Weight, 180 grams.

SOLD

 
 

A Fine Pair of Chinese ‘Famille Jaune’ Enamelled Porcelain Vases, Late 19th Century
Both yellow glazed cylindrical bodies rising to waisted necks and flaring rims with traces of gilt detail, decorated overall in enamels depicting flowering branches, flower-heads & butterflies, sided by animal masks. Height, 12”

 
 
 
 
 

A Finely Carved Soapstone Buddhist Stele of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)
Chinese Republic Period (1912-49)

In the Indian Buddhist religion Avalokiteshvara is a male bodhisattva, however in Chinese Buddhism he takes the form of the female Bodhisattva, Guanyin - ‘The One Who Hears the Cries of the World’. The Bodhisattva of Compassion shown attired in a flowing robe, her face exuding a sense of enlightened contemplation, seated in a meditative pose with hands folded in Dyana Mudra while holding a vase containing the Elixir of Compassion together with another ritualistic element raised atop a stylized cloud.
Dimensions, 9” high x 5.5” wide.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Fine Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Kangxi-Style Hat Stand Vase, Circa 1910
The pierced cylindrical body showing a running band of lotus petal motifs at the base, the main body decorated overall with cobalt blue scrolling vines interspersed with flowerheads, lotus blossoms, fish and shells, the rim encircled with wave motifs. The underside bearing the four character blue mark for Kangxi Nian Zhi – translated meaning “Kangxi Period Made” indicating the item is in the Kangxi style but of a later manufacture. Height, 11.5”, Diameter 4 7/8”

 
 
 
 
 
 

An Impressive & Highly Decorative 19th Century ‘Straits Chinese’ Lacquer Table Screen,
Singapore Circa 1880

The overhanging roof-shaped cornice decorated with alternating brown & black painted panels intended to replicate tiles, flanked at either end by stylized dragon heads that surmount a frieze decorated with gilt etched dragons & celestial motifs. The central field showing elaborately carved gilt & red lacquer panels depicting courtly figures in a garden setting, above a rectilinear-shaped panel decorated with repeating bat motifs, raised overall upon a pair of gilt decorated bracket supports.
Dimensions, 19.75” high x 35.25” wide x 10.25” deep
(Ref: The ‘Straits Chinese’ people, also known as Peranakan, are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who relocated to the British Straits settlements of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia over 400 years ago).

 
 
 
 
 

A Fine and Very Large Chinese Blanc de Chine Porcelain Figure of Guanyin, 20th Century
The Bodhisattva goddess of Compassion, Kindness & Mercy shown attired in flowing robes, her hair in high chignon held in a peaked tiara, her face effecting a serene & meditative expression. In her right hand she pours out a vessel holding the Elixir of Compassion – in her left hand she holds a lotus shaped cup containing purity & enlightenment. Standing upon a Makara (sea monster) rising from turbulent waters. Height, 31.5”

(In the Chinese Buddhist religion Guanyin is known as ‘The One Who Hears the Cries of the World’)


 
 
 
 

A Fine Signed Japanese White Lacquer & Maki-e Lacquer Tansu, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The case’s exterior decorated with a crackle-glaze white lacquer, fitted with three banks of small drawers - the upper two comprised of two short off-set drawers with organic inspired metal pulls, the lower drawer fitted with a patinated metal bail handle. The front decorated in gold maki-e lacquer depicting a finch flying among flowering branches. Signed in characters on the underside. Dimensions, 6” x 6” x 3.25”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Hat Stand Vase, Guangxu Period (1875-1908)
The pierced cylindrical body decorated with enamels showing leafy branches with peach clusters & fruit blossoms. Iron red seal script mark and wax export approval seal on underside, remnants of old paper label affixed to rim. Height, 11.5” x 4 7/8” diameter.

 
 
 
 

Fine Japanese Ivory Okimono of a Monkey Trainer, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
A finely carved ivory grouping of a monkey trainer dressed in traditional attire, together with two costumed performing monkeys – one atop his shoulder shading his brow while looking left, the other standing at his feed holding up a branch of peaches, both with very charming animated expressions. The trainer shown carrying a lion’s mask in his right hand. Signed on the underside. Height, 8.5”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Very Fine Signed Takamakie Lacquer Cheroot Case, Meiji Period (1868-1912), Circle of Shibata Zeshin
The ishime lacquered case consisting of two conforming sections sliding one overtop the other, the exterior decorated with low relief motifs in gilt, silver and kasshoku (burnt dark russet) of a rat with an acorn on one panel and two acorns on the opposing. Dimensions, 3.75” x 2.25” x .75”
Takamakie is a technique in which metallic powders of silver, gold, copper, pewter etc., are used in combination with lacquer & clay-dust to build up motifs in relief.
In Japanese culture the Rat is considered a symbol of fertility & wealth - Acorns symbolize prosperity & growth.
Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) is regarded as perhaps the most famous lacquer artist of the late Edo period, examples of his work are on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum, New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

An Early 19th Century Chinese Export Lacquer & Gilt Decorated Tea Caddy, Canton Circa 1830
The quatra-foil shaped exterior decorated with gilt detail against a black lacquer field, opening to a pewter compartment with a hinged lid engraved with two figures in a garden setting, raised overall upon later gilt metal paw feet. Areas of rubbing and minor wear commensurate with age & use.
Dimensions, 4.75” high x 9” wide x 7” deep.
A more practical use of this item might be that of a cigar humidor.

SOLD

 

A Carved Japanese Ivory Okimono of Daikoku, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Daikoku (aka Daikoko-tenn), whose name translates to “Great Measure of Rice”, is the Japanese god of luck & wealth, protector of the soil and patron of farmers & cooks.
Dimensions, Height 2"

 
 
 
 

A Fine Chinese Export Silver and White Jadeite Snuff Box, Circa 1850
The hinged case constructed of twin jade panels, both set within silver mounts with engraved running flower-head designs, the top having a stylized dragon carved in low relief, the interior later adapted for cigarettes.
No visible marks. Probably Shanghai. Dimensions, 3” x 2” x .5”

SOLD

 
 
 
 
 

A Very Good Japanese Ivory Okimono of a Fruit Vendor, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The expressive standing figure of a fruit vendor shown holding a woven basket of peaches in one hand while holding a tenbin (basket staff) in the other. Exhibiting well proportioned & detailed features highlighted with inked accents. Height, 4.75”


 
 
 
 
 

A Finely Carved Ivory Cane Handle Depicting Toads, Japanese, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Height ,1.5”


 
 

A Signed & Finely Carved ‘Thousand Faces’ Ivory Cane Handle, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Height, 1.5”


 
 
 

A Finely Carved & Gilded 19th Century Giltwood Buddha, Thailand Circa 1890
Carved from a single block of padoukwood, the black lacquered & richly gilded figure of Buddah is shown wearing a monastic robe, seated in the Bhumisparsamudra position atop a lotus-blossom carved base.
Dimensions, 25.5” high x 16” wide x 11” deep

 
   
   
   
   

An 18th / 19th Century Tibetan Thangka of Buddha Nagaraja (King of Serpents) The central figure of Nagaraja shown seated in the vajra position atop a lotus blossom, hands clasped in ‘The Enlightened Mudra’, his head shaded by a green disc interspersed with seven snakes. Flanking him and above are deities seated atop billowing green & orange-coloured clouds, beneath him are rolling seas inhabited by orange, green & white-coloured water-nagas sided by outcroppings of temples and enlightened scholars. Mineral dyes on linen, bordered by embroidered silk panels. Dimensions: 35” x 23.5”, border dimensions: 54.5” x 32

   

 

   
   

A 19th Century Japanese Imari Porcelain Bowl, Circa 1890
The scalloped body decorated in alternating geometric panels with hand painted flora motifs in traditional palette tones of magenta and cobalt blue, the rim having a conforming scalloped edge.
Dimensions, 3.25” high x 8.5” diameter.

 
 

A Very Fine Japanese Silver Wire Miniature Cloisonne Vase, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The baluster shaped body rising to a flaring neck & rim, decorated with flowering boughs of wisteriaand exotic flora in finely worked silver wire and enamels, set against a nearly black midnight-blue ground.
Height - 3.5”

 
 
 
 
 

An 18th Century Chinese Mandarin Tea Cup. Qianlong Period (1736-1795)

SOLD

 

Chinese Monochrome Powder Blue Porcelain Hat-Stand Vase, Republic Period (1912-1949)
The cylindrical potted body flaring slightly upward from the base and decorated overall with a fine blue glaze.
Dimensions, 12” high x 4” diameter (base) x 4.5” diameter (rim)
This is a particularly fine example in monochrome powder blue glaze.

SOLD

 
 
 
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A Highly Decorative & Large Lacquered Wooden ‘Hsun-ok’ (Offering Bowl), Burmese Circa 1900
The uppermost section lifting off to reveal a removable insert atop a hollow receptacle.
Height - 38”





A Fine 20th Century Blanc de Chine Grouping

The figure of Chung-Li Chuan (The Immortal of Longevity) shown standing with a phoenix feather over one shoulder, next to him a seated figure holding a basket containing a bat, (a symbol for happiness). Height - 13”

SOLD

A Fine ‘Choju-giga’ Decorated Miniature Satsuma Bottle Vase, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Height - 4.75”


(Choju-giga decoration is the use of animal caricature, as depicted in this example of warring frogs – one riding atop a praying mantis)

   

 

A Finely Carved 19th Century Yellow Soapstone Figure of Guanyin
The finely detailed standing figure of Guanyin (Bodhisattva of Compassion) draped in a flowing robe, holding a budding lotus blossom in her left hand and a willow branch in her right hand that shows traces of red polychrome detail, her calm meditative expression accented with black-stained hair and eyes. Height -10.25”

(In the Chinese Buddhist religion Guanyin is known as ‘The One Who Hears the Cries of the World’)

     

 

An Amusing Japanese Ivory Okimono, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The figure of a merchant shown seated next to a basket of vegetables – his face with a mournful, yet comical expression as he observes a rat peering out from inside a large radish. Height - 2.75”

SOLD

 

Ceremonial Set of Samurai Armour.


The set consists of a (kabuto) helmet, (mempo) face & neck plate, gilt & black lacquered (do) chest-plate, (o-sode) gauntlets, embroidered thigh guards and shin guards.

Japanese, Showa Period. (1926-1940)

SOLD

 

An Early 20th Century Bone Netsuke of a Laughing-Buddha. Japanese, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The figure of a laughing Buddha shown seated while fanning himself, dressed in a robe with etched & stained detail. Signed in characters on the underside.

 


A 19th Century Porcelain and Cloisonné ‘Totai’ Vase. Japanese, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The ovoid-shaped porcelain body decorated overall with matte turquoise enamelling interspersed with motifs of butterflies, flower blossoms and vinery, the rim & base decorated with white diamond-shaped lozenges set against a field of alternating light & dark green panels. Signed on the underside in characters for Matsuda Youheikou. Height: 10” (Some firing cracks visible to the interior of the body but do not transfer to the exterior, old hairline crack to rim)

SOLD

 

A Fine Pair of 19th Century Chinese Sang de Boeuf Bottle Vases, Guangxu Period (1875-1908)

Both globular bodies covered in a deep red glaze rising to flaring necks, the interiors showing a pale ‘robin’s egg’ blue glaze.
Height of each - 7.75”

   
 

A Signed Japanese Mixed Metal and Patinated Bronze Vase. Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The globular body showing silver and gold overlaid motifs of a chrysanthemum blossom set amongst foliage and budding branches. Height - 6”

   



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An Exceptionally Large Chinese Porcelain Table Screen, Republic Period (1911-1949)

The plaque finely decorated with hand painted enamels depicting a rural landscape with wild horses grazing in a spring meadow set against a background of rolling hills and a calm river. The plaque encased within a conforming wooden frame cradled atop a richly carved wooden base illustrating mythological figures of a Phoenix in one corner and a Dragon in the opposing. Plaque diameter - 22”, Overall height - 33”

An Early 20th Century Japanese Mixed Metal Bronze Vase, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The large ovoid body decorated with raised motifs of flying cranes in silver-overlay set amongst incised detail of pine boughs. Height -12”

 

 

 

A Finely Carved Okimono of a Man Holding an Opium Pipe. Japanese, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Height - 5”

 

An Early 20th Century Chinese ‘Famille Rose’ Porcelain Table Lamp

SOLD

A Finely Sculpted Ivory Model of a Fan-Tail Goldfish.

Japanese, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Length: 4.75”

SOLD

A Very Fine Japanese Satsuma ‘Dragonware’ Baluster Vase. Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The body richly decorated overall in hand painted gilt detail, interspersed by finely executed painted portraits of scholars and warriors, the image of a dragon painted in white enamel encircles the lower section. The underside signed in characters for famed Japanese potter Wada Touzan-zou (Kotoura-gama).

Height - 7.25”

SOLD