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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1837 VR item #380368 (stock #61-45)
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Life in the 18th century palace of the Maharajah and Maharani of Delhi is depicted in this miniature that shows a strong Mughal influence blended with other Indian schools, primarily Rajput. The mixture of the Mughal style with various schools of painting that evolved regionally has produced some of the most compelling Indian miniatures. This early 19th century work is headed with portraits of the royal couple and Urdu calligraphy...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #360656 (stock #61-11)
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The graceful abstract shape of this silver pendant from the nomadic Turkomen (Turkmen) who roamed across Central Asia suggests a bird in flight. Incised patterns on the silver are gilded and the piece is set with four cabochon cornelians. Seven small embossed tear-shaped pendants on chains give movement to the highly stylized bird. The ornament is typical of the Teke tribe and dates to the early 20th century...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #275520 (stock #60-38)
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Multiple glazes produce rich, deep hues of blue, lilac and brown on this 19th century Chinese pottery jar. The glaze flows unevenly and drips on to the mostly unglazed base, giving an appealing spontaneous feeling to this piece. The jar is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 10" (26 cm), diameter 13 1/2" (35 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #682218 (stock #57-76)
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Intricacy of detailing on this early 20th century Chinese handwoven bamboo basket make it a collector's piece. It is beautifully balanced and constructed, a feat of bamboo engineering. Along both sides of the bent bamboo handle are Chinese characters, now too worn and faded to decipher, that perhaps identified the maker and place of origin. The piece is in very good condition. The base appears to have been touched up in recent years with clear lacquer...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #783351 (stock #12-45)
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A lacquer betel box is signed on the lid with the name of the maker, Bathama U Carek. The etched portrait under the name perhaps was a representation of the artisan. The date 1324 that appears below the sketch is based on the Burmese calendar, and means this piece was made in 1963. The inside is fitted with two trays to accommodate ingredients for assembling a quid of betel. The deep lid kept the betel leaves fresh...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #778916 (stock #14-67)
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A carved teak jewelry box with secret compartments and deep carving on richly grained teakwood has the medieval aura of Bhaktapur, Nepal's old city of lavishly carved courtyards in the shadows of the Himalayas. The construction of the box is intriguing, with its 14 compartments, four of them hidden behind a sliding panel that is cleverly integrated with the carving pattern to disguise the entry to secret trays...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #266694 (stock #53-46)
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Signed and sealed by Korean painter Chun Jun, this early 20th century traditional landscape has softness and charm. It shows a woman dressed in red waiting on the veranda of her house on the mountain. The master, on horseback, is seen lower in the painting with a servant as they approach a bridge leading toward the mountain. In traditional Asian landscape form, the figures are depicted as secondary and insignificant against the magnificent trees and towering cliffs of the mountain...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #686911 (stock #55-50)
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A 19th century Chinese box used for utilitarian food storage is so nicely made that it qualifies as a handsome accent piece for shelf, desk or bureau. The box originated in Zhejiang Province, one of China's wealthiest provinces (the capital city is Hangzhou), and has a simple design when compared with utilitarian items from the more rural provinces. The barrel-like construction technique, though, is similar to that used throughout the provinces...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #390244 (stock #14-40)
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Because of its clean, straight lines and open back and arms, this style of chair looks great in just about any room with any decor. The high back gives it presence but its design ensures that it takes a supporting role to other furnishings. Made of northern Chinese elm, it has a lightness that is unusual for provincial chairs. From Shanxi Province, it has 23 slender spindles forming the back and arms...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174489 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are paintings 9 through 12 of a set of 27 paintings, sometimes called a Yao Bible, from the Yao (Mien) tribal people who originated in southern China, and now are found across northern areas of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Burma. The Yao adopted Taoist beliefs in China five or six centuries ago, merging them with rituals already deeply imbedded in the tribal culture...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #266673 (stock #32-30)
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Chrysanthemums, bamboo, tree roots, leaves and brocade primarily in red and blue, with touches of green, grey and gold, somehow all come together in an orderly Japanese way in this 19th century Imari charger. The multi-faceted design carried out in several colors in both underglaze and enamel is typical of the type of Imari that gained immediate popularity in the West when overseas trade in Imari was introduced. The piece is in excellent condition. Diameter 18" (46 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #715229 (stock #51-56)
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This mid-19th century wood carving of two riders in a match similar to polo originally was part of a larger piece, as indicated by its two unfinished ends. It was taken from a longer panel, perhaps with a series of carvings that were on a door or screen. The horsemen are in ceremonial dress and once held long sticks that now are missing from the scene. They are surrounded by trees and foliage, and two low clouds swirl around the runner in front...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #639466 (stock #62-34)
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This 18th century Tibetan painted table has three collapsible sides that fold under the top, making it portable and practical for a way of life built around long pilgrimages. The spirit of monks and whole families traveling across mountain passes is evoked in the design and still-vivid colors of this table. It may have been the only item of furniture owned by a nomadic family...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #756164 (stock #06-13)
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Woodblock print of a pagoda rooftop captures the spirit of the old city of Suzhou in China's Jiangsu Province. Dated 1991, the print has a luminous quality and is in perfect condition. It measures 15" (38 cm) square.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #138337 (stock #57-12)
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19th century Burmese lacquer three-piece covered container used to carry offerings of food to the monasteries. Adding to the pleasing patina of this piece are small areas of cinnabar-colored lacquer showing through in places where the top layers of black lacquer were worn away by use. The Burmese lacquerware process for items such as this began with the construction of the object in bamboo, light wood, or woven horsehair. This was sealed with a mixture of clay and lacquer, then put in a moist, ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #925410 (stock #11-26)
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A 19th century Chinese silver pendant has auspicious symbols to bring its wearer the fulfillment of wishes, abundance and wealth. The emblems on both sides of the crest-shaped pendant above the charms are “mani,” known as the jewel of the doctrine, and represent the magical powers of Buddhist beliefs. Hanging on chains from the pendant are three charms—a pearl, a pomegranate and a fish. The pearl, entwined with ribbons, represents a good future. The pomegranate, bursting open to reveal its...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #265056 (stock #14-54)
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Hand hammered designs around the tops of copper water urns in Kathmandu, Nepal, designated particular sections of the city. This 19th century urn would have been carried to the communal well, most likely by one of the women of a household who filled the urn with water and carried it home on her head. Still today in much of Nepal many households are without running water and community wells are visited at least once every day. This copper urn has acquired a pleasing patina and is in excellent con...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #141051 (stock #58-45)
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Among the many tea drinking implements in old China were cleverly made wood teapot holders with a hole for the teapot spout and a carrying handle with an intriguing locking device. A Chinese version of the English tea cozy, the wood holders were both practical and decorative. This octagonal late 19th century holder is made of eight cypress wood staves fitted together in barrel fashion and held in place with metal straps. The area around the spout is covered with metal, which is surrounded with c...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #387906 (stock #60-59)
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This late 18th/early 19th century apothecary chest once held an array of natural remedies that were mixed by the herbalist or doctor after customers recited their ailments. Characters painted on the face of each drawer to identify contents are worn and now only faintly visible. Further wear around the drawers and on the wood surfaces is evidence of its 150-plus years of use. Each small drawer is divided into thee sections, which would have had paper labels. The three larger drawers at the bottom...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #323630 (stock #60-55)
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The bird pictured on the red rank badge sewn on the front of this Chinese gentleman's pufu, or topcoat, indicates he held a civil post rather than an imperial or military position. Such paintings were commissioned by descendants, and this one is executed in classic ancestor portrait style, with the person facing directly forward, seated on a chair with a rounded back. Portrait protocol also called for the facial expression to be unsmiling and serious but this official looks pleasant in spite of ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1940 item #649785 (stock #61-05)
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Three boats rendered in gold leaf sailing on a deep blue sea give this early 20th century Turkish miniature its appeal. The sea scene is done on an old manuscript page and is given more interest with the addition of notations jotted at random around the perimeter of the miniature. Waves are suggested by silver lines done in a series of half circles on a deep blue background. Clouds are formed from loose half circles of gold on a darker blue sky. Edges of the margins on the manuscript page show f...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #331055 (stock #60-30)
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Strong black designs applied freely on a variegated turquoise glaze raise this 19th century Chinese utility jar to folk art level. Provincial drawings of a willow and bird and simple calligraphy are sketched within three separate frames around the side, with three geometric designs in corresponding areas around the top. The rim and interior of the jar are glazed in dark black/brown. The jar is in excellent condition with no scratches, cracks or chips. Dimensions: height 12" (30 cm), diameter 8" ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #149828 (stock #50-42)
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Birds, often used as a symbol of the beauty of nature on Chinese architectural carvings, are the theme of this 18th century camphor wood fretwork panel. The center section shows a bird on a flowering tree branch, and the unusual fretwork incorporates four birds with berries in their beaks. Carved panels in this size were used as interior windows or on screens. The panel is in good condition. Dimensions: height 34 1/2" (88 cm), width 13" (33 cm), depth 3/4" (2 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #352054 (stock #60-04)
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From the Yellow River in China's Gansu Province, this scholar's rock so clearly suggests a large setting or rising sun on the horizon that a viewer at first questions whether this color pattern actually is in the stone. It is, making this rock an unusually striking example of a scholar's stone that looks like a landscape painting. Chinese literati especially liked to meditate on rocks that represented for them a microcosm of the universe. This smooth stone meets the criterion set forth by the 19...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #133742 (stock #57-02)
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Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, generally seen as a standing figure, is shown kneeling in this late 18th century bronze. The bodhisattva holds a small bowl, and her robe and jewelry are shown in detail. Her face is serene, and her elaborate hairstyle and crown are finely defined. The bronze has a mellow patina and the statue is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 6 1/2" (17 cm), width 3" 3/4 (10 cm), depth 2 3/4" (7 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #171926 (stock #53-28)
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Signed and sealed by Korean painter Tea Yok, this finely detailed work is one of a pair of paintings that depict scenes in a palace courtyard during Korea's Choson (Yi Dynasty) Period. Dated to circa 1870, this painting and its companion piece have delicate calligraphy that relates to a theme of filial honor. Tucked into the paintings next to the courtyard scenes, the calligraphy is in the Chinese characters that educated Koreans continued to use many years after simplified Hangul became Korea's...
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 2000 item #764434 (stock #12-82)
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Artist Levan Mekhouzla merges lyrical with architectural and East with West in this quiet etching of a simple scale. Mekhouzla lives and works in his native Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia as well as in Paris, and his work is exhibited throughout Europe. Early training as an architect forms the foundation for his carefully executed etchings and lithographs, which he then softens with whimsy. Influences from Tbilisi, where Asia blends with Europe, also inform his work, and he often includes no...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1970 item #344508 (stock #57-26)
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Hand carved from one solid piece of teak wood, this large mid-20th century Burmese panel was made to be used as an architectural piece. Monasteries and temples in Burma sometimes have interior walls fitted with teak carvings depicting a range of subjects from apsara to elephants to flowers. This one is full of energy with two curving dragons, every scale, fang and claw delineated, reaching for a ball. The panel is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height and width: 29" (74 cm), depth 1-1/2" (...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #277308 (stock #60-58)
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Calligraphy on the table plaque behind the two figures in this Chinese ancestor painting reads, "Born March 06, 1456, Died December 08, 1538." Ancestor portraits generally were commissioned after the death of the subjects, later retouched as needed, or often completely repainted and, as a result, are difficult to date. This painting, we believe, dates to the 19th century, possibly earlier. It has retouched areas and they seem to add to the character of the piece, which is very large and quite p...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #810848 (stock #57-97)
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The fukusa, a square piece of cloth with a unique and often exquisite design, became an essential element in the elaborate ceremony prescribed for the formal presentation of a gift during the Meiji era in Japan. Sometimes confused with the furoshki, a larger, single layer of cloth used to wrap and transport an informal gift, the fukusa is seldom larger than 15 inches square, lined and made of fine silk. These pieces often were commissioned by a family, designed to their specifications, and then ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #389526 (stock #54-21)
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This early 20th obi demonstrates the genius of Japanese design. Uniquely Japanese themes in the pattern evolve seamlessly into art deco, a sophisticated color palette becomes simple and a small article of clothing becomes memorable. This han haba, or half width, obi is made of fine soft silk and, unlike the stiffened heavy brocade formal obi, this one probably was comfortable to wear. Although sewn in the maru obi manner, folded and stitched lengthwise so that both sides of the obi are patterned...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #143696 (stock #54-78)
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The supernatural powers and exploits of the Chinese Taoist immortals are among the most colorful in the vast world of Chinese legend and symbolism. These 19th century camphor wood carvings of six of the eight main immortals match that spirit in their exuberant poses and expressions. The figures are carved in relief with great detail against a background of pierced carving. Each figure, background and surrounding frame is carved from one piece of wood. The plaques probably were displayed as separ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #639372 (stock #61-44)
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From Rajasthan, painted in the Mewar style, this miniature depicts two members of a royal household on a picnic. They are attended by three servants--one whisking away flying insects, one pouring wine from a flask and the third holding another flask. The seated couple are sharing a cup of wine. All five figures stand out in stark contrast to the dark gray/green forest that surrounds them. Two lines of Urdu calligraphy float in gold-colored paint across the top of the miniature. This early 20th ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #717657 (stock #03-61)
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A Chinese folk painting from a rural community in Shaanxi Province celebrates the beauty of pink lotus plants blooming in a pond. The lotus, emblem of purity and perfection, is highly regarded in China, where every part of the plant has a use--as food, medicine or cosmetics. Chinese artists often depicted the lotus along with ducks, as in this painting where the lotus plants are oversized in relation to the black ducks swimming in a stream through the stems. Two seals at the top left of the pain...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #388872 (stock #50-14)
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Once part of a Buddhist temple in Western China, this early 19th century panel has graceful fretwork in a 17th century Ming pattern. The natural elm wood is a rich red/gold color with good grain. Each of the three fretwork rectangles is centered with an old-style good fortune character encircled with slender spokes carved with flowers, which in turn are encircled with elegantly curved wood pieces fitted together to form flower petals and circles. Small panels of carved flowers separate the fretw...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174496 (stock #57-33)
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These paintings are from a set of 27 paintings, sometimes called a Yao Bible, from the Yao (Mien) tribal people who originated in southern China, and now are found across northern areas of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Burma. The Yao adopted Taoist beliefs in China five or six centuries ago, merging them with rituals already deeply imbedded in the tribal culture. Since then, the lives of the Yao have been governed by Taoism as it was practiced in the 15th century, mixed with ancestor worship and a...