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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1700 item #976088 (stock #38-83)
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This early Qing Yixing teapot bears several seals on the lid and bottom surface indicating its origin in the small town of Dingshan, in Yixing County, southern Jiangsu Province, China. The pewter spout is fashioned into the head of an elephant with trunk raised. Chinese regard for the elephant as a symbol of wisdom and strength evolved from Buddhist iconography, where it represents strength of mind toward practice of the Buddhist way of life. Pewter also forms the double handles attached with ri...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #902690 (stock #38-56)
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An early 18th century inkstone has a gourd-shaped ink pool cut into a deep black stone slab that, along with brushes, ink and paper, represented what was referred to in Chinese literature as “the four precious things of the library.” Among the four objects, inkstones were considered the most important, the soul of the scholar’s library, because they were said to represent “the infinite subtlety of nature.” Although they appear to be relatively humble objects, inkstones were praised, co...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1980 item #673699 (stock #61-38)
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A miniature by Kishangarh painter Yogya Pralash, this work, with the addition of a peacock at the lady's feet, becomes a symbol of grace, joy, beauty and love. The peacock, national bird of India, figures importantly in Indian culture as an emblem to convey those sentiments. The musician's attire echoes the colors of the peacock's plumage and she plays a stringed instrument in a traditional pose found in miniatures from the Indian state of Rajasthan. This late 20th century painting, in very good...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1837 VR item #1103362 (stock #60-49)
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A small red Chinese cabinet from late 18th/early 19th century has delicate roundel paintings of flowers randomly spaced with floating sketches of foliage on its two front doors. Rendered in fine black lines, the paintings have faded and mellowed, retaining only sparse touches of their original gold highlights. A round brass backplate echoes the roundels. Doors swing open on wooden pegs, eliminating the need for hinges, and are secured with a brass rod that slips through fastenings on the bac...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #996399 (stock #61-42)
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A mid-19th century Indian miniature painting from Rajasthan depicts Sawai Man Singh, who was Maharajah of Jaipur more than 200 years ago. The strong influence of Mughal style is evident in the exquisite detail of the gold designs on the sword, floral patterns on the shoes, scarf and hem of the robe and in the pose of the subject in profile. Tiny gold designs cover the gold robe, and fine gold lines radiate from a green nimbus. The rich colors are enhanced by a narrow black border with delicate g...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #820399 (stock #06-81)
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Teak hangers for decorative textiles or drapes are carved with figures of Dewi Sri, Hindu goddess of agrarian fertility, a revered icon on the Indonesian island of Java. The painted faces are in the style of the old Majapahit Empire that flourished in East Java during the 13th to 15th centuries. These hangers are from the early 19th century. Throughout Java, Dewi Sri takes on a variety of appearances, sometimes dressed as royalty, sometimes in local costume, in wood, ceramic and bone figures, a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #882450 (stock #58-66)
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A late 19th century Chinese cypress wood well bucket from Shaanxi Province has great folk appeal, with its heavy iron fittings and interesting shape. This is a very sturdy piece made to carry large quantities of water from the village well. The bottom comes to a point and fits inside a simple wood stand, a clever design that holds the heavy bucket secure yet allows it to be tipped to pour water. The cypress staves are narrowed and shaped inward to form the bottom point, and the problem of making...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #893819 (stock #17-53)
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Tropical scenes from a Javanese village are carved in teak wood in long, low formats making them suitable for hanging in shallow spaces above windows, doors or the like. One of the pair shows a festival, with a large gong and children playing. In the other carving, two horses are very reluctantly pulling a cart in a family going to market scene. These pieces are lighthearted and charming, with spirit, movement and rustic appeal. From the early 20th century, they are in excellent condition. Dimen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #136356 (stock #39-11)
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The Chinese goddess of mercy, Guanyin, is carved in relief riding on the back of a dragon whose feet are supported by clouds. Although the stone is irregularly cut around the edges, the carving appears to have been done as a stand-alone tablet rather than as part of a larger plaque. The Buddhist bodhisattva Guanyin has been a popular Chinese figure for centuries. This carving possibly was displayed outside as the face of the goddess is slightly weathered. The rest of the piece is in excellent co...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #909778 (stock #11-02)
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This crowned Shan Buddha sits in bhadrasana, or Western position, on a tall stepped throne of unusual design. The carved teak wood figure has the winged side flanges and spired crown centered with high finial that identify royal Buddha figures from Burma. Shan artisans often added Arakanese accoutrements such as long ear pieces and ornate epaulets and chest ornaments to jambhupati (crowned) Buddha but this one has none of those; instead, the artisan provided a striking throne that nicely balanc...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 1990 item #776684 (stock #03-77)
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A Chinese folk painting from a remote village in the mountains of Yijun County, Shaanxi Province, shows a mythical beast with feathery fangs and a pinwheel on his rump. Paintings from this isolated community above the tree line, drawing on centuries-old embroidery and papercut patterns used by the women of the village, often featured extraordinary creatures in fantasy-like settings. The work of Yijun's peasant painters is included in "The Best of Modern Chinese Folk Painting," published by Fore...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #721542 (stock #24-41)
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A late Qing relief-carved wood panel has ten figures in martial arts poses. Trees and rocks frame two scenes. Touches of original gilding remain on the figures and define foliage in the top scene. The panel once was part of a larger piece such as a screen or perhaps a bench. It shows uneven wear, with the only the two figures at bottom right worn and weathered so that their features are no longer distinct. Overall, this late 19th century panel is in quite good and solid condition. Dimensions: he...