• #18412 Good Antique Paper Mache Lacquered Wine Jar with Lid

    Decorative and Collectible Decorative & Collectibles ...

    385.00

    285.00

    Good Antique Paper Mache Lacquered Wine Jar with Lid. In excellent condition. Late 19-early 20th century. We used to have more of these old paper mache wine jars. But as they got sold, few are left. In the recent years, we did not see as many available on the market either. This is a really nice one, very solid and in good condition. Dimensions: 11 3/4" H x 8 1/2" L x 5 1/8" W

  • #18250 Antique Blue-and-White Ginger Jar with Old Lid in Peony Design

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    895.00

    585.00

    Antique Blue-and-White Ginger Jar with Old Lid in hand-painted Peony flower Design. This beautifully painted jar is an authentic piece from the 1820-1850's. Jars similar to this one, along with many other ginger jars, temple jars, and almost any kind of provincial blue-and-white Chinese porcelain wares, are being produced now and coming out of Jingdezhen 景德鎮, China in the recent years with a steady supply to the western market to be sold as antiques or as unspecified. Not only this jar is a beautiful antique piece, It is also much harder to find an old ginger jar with an old lid. This antique jar with its beautiful blue color glaze will grace any decor! Dimensions: 8 1/4" H x 71/4" D

  • #18442 Rare Small Antique Chinese 17-18th Century Porcealin Cup with Lid

    Decorative and Collectible Decorative & Collectibles Tea Room and Gift ...

    520.00

    420.00

    Rare Small Antique Chinese 17-18th Century Porcelain Cup with Lid with blossom motif painted in the style of the period. In good condition. Dimensions: 2 5/8" H x 2 5/8" D

  • #18475 Rare Antique Bamboo Stacking Basket with Carved Calligraphy of Poem

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    (刻明月千里清代竹編提籃)This special old Chinese square bamboo woven stacking basket with handle is a rare piece with its unique lid that is made of one piece of bamboo pressed to form a large flat sheet of surface. This flat sheet of bamboo is called Zhu-Huang (竹黃, Bamboo-Yellow) as the name refers to the yellow color of the smooth sheet of bamboo surface. The four corners of the lid are fitted with wonderful old brass fitting with an auspicious bat and coin design that represents the Fu-Lu (福祿,Blessing and wealth) of the Fu-Lu-Shou (福祿壽) , the three aspects of life's prosperity in Chinese culture. The Shou (壽) represents Longevity. The two sides of the broad bamboo handle are carved with commonly seen Daoist motives such as fan, flute, lotus flower, etc. the basket comes with a fitted long brass locking stick that locks the basket tiers from moving when traveling. The original lock for the stick is gone but can possibly be refitted with another small old Chinese lock. There is a small crack on the lid as seen on photo. The four characters carved and painted in black on the lid read as “明月千里”or “千里明月”, literally can be translated as “bright moon over a thousand miles”, a poetic phrase that can be found from the poem of “水調歌頭“ by Song Dynasty poet Wang-Zhi-Dao (王之道) , from the phrase of “明月千里滿西樓, the bright moonlight shines over a thousand miles and filled the west pavilion”. It is not known if the original phrase did come fromWang-Zhi-Dao's poem. Other earlier poets from other Dynasties have also written many famous and beautiful poems with moon as a subject that elicits poet's sorrow or longing for loved ones. Out of the many famous poets who wrote about moon, of course, Tang Dynasty poet Li-Bo (also pronounced Li-Bai) “李白“, Du-Fu (杜甫), and Zhang-Jiu-Ling (張九齡),and also Song Dynasty poet Su-Shi (蘇軾,蘇東坡), have all written beautiful phrases about moon that have lasted till today and remain most popular and familiar to many Chinese. Below are some examples for those who enjoy reading classical Chinese works. Phrases by Li-Bo (Li-Bai) “舉杯邀明月,對影成三人”translated here as “I raise my cup and toast to the moon; myself, the moon, and my shadow become three companions”. Phrases by Zhang-Jiu-Ling “海上生明月,天涯共此時“,translated here as “Out of the sea rising the bright moon; you and I share this moment apart from the world's end”. And here's one by Si-Dong-Po (Su-Shi) that works for the time we are in now “ 但願人長久,千里共嬋娟”, translated as “Wishing the beloved ones stay healthy and forever; From a thousand miles apart, here we share the comfort of viewing the same moon”. “嬋娟” is a classical term in Chinese for Moon. Old basket like this one was probably used for storing personal belongings, such as a lady's embroidery tools, makeup items, hair pin and combs, or any other small personal daily or intimate objects. This basket is likely from the late 19th to early 20th century. Dimensions: 10 1/4” x 10 7/8” 16” H

  • #18009 Hanging Wall Mirror Made with Antique Chinese Carving with Rare Butterfly Motif

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    520.00

    300.00

    Hanging Wall Mirror Made with Antique Chinese Carving with auspicious bat motif and twined peony flowers from an antique Chinese bed fragment. Such carving originally was probably lacquered in dark color and gilt painted and the panel has been stripped to blond since. Small panel or screen like this probably was a set of eight similar pieces that composes the major framing panels of an old canopy bed from Jiangzhe area in China where Shanghai and Ningbo city are part of. 19th century but with new frame, As is. Dimensions: 23 1/5" x 16 3/4" x 1"

  • #18126 Antique Carved Bamboo Brush Holder with Fisherman and Scholar

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    清代漁人捕獲歸途遇學士竹雕筆筒)Here is an interesting antique Chinese carved bamboo brush holder for holding calligraphy brushes. The bamboo has an interesting shape from its natural growth, almost like that of a “cloud” or “Ruyi” shape. The hand-carved scenery depicts one fisherman meeting an elderly scholar and his pet dog, outside of the scholar’s home with woven bamboo fence, with the fisherman showing catch of the day to the scholar under a large what looks like might be a maple tree. The expressions on the faces of the two figures, and even on the face of the dog, are wonderfully and vividly rendered in carved detail with smiles and enthusiasm while conversing with each other in a leisurely atmosphere. Some aged cracks and a dent at the front bottom of the holder. Bamboo objects have long been sought after and favored by many collectors for Chinese art. Bamboo is considered among the earliest materials used in China for recording events or human activities. A brush holder or a bamboo brush holder is considered an important element of a scholar’s desktop arrangement of objects, showing a scholar’s aesthetic taste in art as well as a representation of a literati’s spiritual pursuit rendered by the artistic objects. Dimensions: 6 ¾” H x 3 ¾” L x 2 7/8” D

  • #17740 Antique Japanese Cloissonne Teapot

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    520.00

    265.00

    Beautiful antique Japanese cloissonne teapot with beautiful colors and many intricate details. The pull on the lid has been replaced, but otherwise all in good condition. Late 19th century. Dimensions: 5 3/4"L x 3 1/2" H

  • #16838 Set of Hand-Painted Four-Season Porcelain Hanging Plaques in Hardwood Frame

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    Set of Elaborately Hand-Painted Four-Season Porcelain Hanging Plaques in exotic Hardwood Frame from the early 20th century. The subject depicts flowers and landscapes from each of the spring, summer, fall, and winter season, all painted in detail and beautiful colors. The frames are made of the precious Golden-Thread-Nan-Mu and the sought-after rare Huanghuali hardwood, showing the the artwork in a prestige presentation. Such painted plaques were likely exported outside of China during the early 20th century. The four hanging plaques like this were likely hung on the wall of a living room, study room, or a sitting room above a set of chairs and table. Dimensions for each plaque: 38 1/4" L x 13 1/4" W x 1" D

  • #15606 Unusual Small Ancient Stone Weight or Rest Carved with a Pony

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    1300.00

    620.00

    This is a wonderful small antique hand- carved stone pipe rest with a carved pony inside. One gently tapped the pipe on the top of the stone to empty out the burned ash of the tobacco and to rest the pipe on it while taking a break from smoking. Primitive art has its unique charm as it reflects human's creation in a direct, non- contentious energy and form and a life and culture once lived before progression. Part of Shen's Special Collection in small stone object. Dimensions: 5 1/8” D x 2 1/8” H

  • #13852 A Nice Antique Blue and White Jar with Painted Scholar's Objects

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    A Nice Antique Blue and White Jar with Painted Scholar's Objects with under white slip and excellent glaze and color. This piece is posssibly from the transitional period. Dimensions: 6" H x 6 3/4" Diameter

  • #14689 Excellent Antique Bamboo Woven Bride's Storage Box with Handles and Base

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    620.00

    320.00

    Excellent Antique Bamboo Woven Bride's Storage Box with Brass Handles and old brass hinges and plates at the front and the back. It has a higher wrapped-around bamboo base. The original red lacquer is from the organic color pigments made of precious minerals-still vivid and beautiful. Refinished in French Polish finish and in excellent condition. Dimensions: 13" L x 9 1/2" W x 8" H

  • #18108 Excellent Antique Chinese Bamboo Bird Cage with Carved Calligraphy Poem

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    This old bamboo bird cage has the kind of wonderful natural old patina that is unique to the bamboo material. The calligraphy poem is carved in two phrases and reads from the right to the left with the right phrase describing a mountain scene (from a viewer's eye) with a bird singing in a hanging cage possibly in the spring or summer time when all is green and blossoming. The left phrase describes a water scene with green water rippling through while the fish swims and jumps in the waves. Chinese couplets are often created with one full phrase corresponding to the other one, and often word to word or partial phrase to partial phrase, in meaning. This bird cage is fitted with one antique 19th century poly-chrome porcelain feeder as well as three antique blue-and-white porcelain feeders from the 17-18th century. Dimensions:

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