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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #938160 (stock #27-98)
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A late 19th century hand hammered copper tray from the Caucasus region of Georgia has a thin coating of tin, similar to wine pitchers we have from the same country. (See our catalogue listings 27-85 and 28-01.) This large (26-inch diameter) tray most likely was used to hold such wine pitchers during the festive wine-infused dinners called supras that are traditional in the Georgian culture. The tray is in good condition; the top side shows evidence of long use, the bottom surface shows little we...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #898500 (stock #63-30)
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A late 19th century lacquer betel box from Burma is incised in an intricate pattern called “yok-thei,” with tiny dancers swirling through vegetal scrolling. The small design, primarily red and green, is punctuated with black and green circles that look like launching pads for the flying stylized dancers. (For a betel box with a similar yok-thei pattern, see color plate # 41 in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994.) This is one of the more...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #757166 (stock #08-03)
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A modest little folk Buddha with right hand in earth touching mudra sits on a red and black double lotus throne. Made of lacquered teak wood, the carving is from the Shan minority in Burma. The gilded Buddha has the downcast eyes, prominent brow, small chin and large finial generally seen on Shan figures. It most likely was displayed in a village daimyo, a covered outdoor pavilion with a stepped altar holding a number of Buddha figures of various sizes, a local gathering place for daily devotion...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 1970 item #1248968 (stock #03-90)
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The vibrant colors in this original Chinese folk painting celebrate two beloved symbols— lotus, emblem of summer and fruitfulness, and ducks, emblems of felicity and joy. Used for centuries across Asia, these symbols are among those found in ancient Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu texts as well as in both antique and contemporary fine art and folk art. This large gouache on paper painting originated in Huxian County, a rural area in Shaanxi Province, where the first Chinese peasant painting commu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #136391 (stock #38-50)
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A finely done representation of Guanyin, Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, this figure is carved of hwa yong, a slow-growing hardwood. The carving was coated first with red lacquer, which was then covered over in most areas with dark brown lacquer. The red color was retained to define the inner folds of the robe and to focus attention on the delicately carved hands and feet. Over time, the brown lacquer has worn thin in other areas allowing the red to show through and creating a pleasing ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #332092 (stock #56-19)
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Beautifully designed and constructed of curved wood staves with a wrapped bamboo handle, this lidded container was used to carry tools needed by lamp lighters on their rounds. Five bands of ornamental carving encircle the basket. The lid is centered with a round carving representing the four points of the compass, and the base is carved with a diaper pattern in key design. The carvings, though plentiful, are restrained in execution and serve to emphasize the wonderfully balanced shape of the con...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #189896 (stock #57-04)
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The Buddha with two attending monks and a prince, all of them contemplating a small monkey, make up the tableau in this late 19th century Burmese temple painting. Done in tempura on cotton, the large painting has a signature in the lower left, although most Burmese artists of the period produced only Buddhist works destined for monasteries or temples and did not establish reputations or followings. The two monks may represent Sariputta and Mogallana, Buddha's two chief disciples. A number of sto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1076254 (stock #12-49)
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This late 18th/early 19th century Chinese wood Buddha, nearly three feet tall, is carved in the Udayana image, an iconic pose used to portray the Shakyamuni Buddha. The figure, standing on a double lotus throne, gazes imperturbably out at the world with right hand extended in varada mudra, the Buddhist gesture of charity and blessings. Covering the entire wood surface are strong remains of original paint—russet , indigo and soft green define robes and throne; face, arms, hands and feet are ...
All Items : Fine Art : Drawings : Pencil : Pre 2000 item #802021 (stock #27-20)
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An intimate study of the melancholy face of a tanner by Niko Tsetskhladze is framed and double matted. The artist works in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where he was born in 1959. After graduating from the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts in 1986, he began exhibiting in cities throughout Europe. With such exhibit themes as Caravansarai, Pirosmani to Avant-Guarde, Silk Road, Cartesian Thinking and Icon and Perception, his shows in Cologne, Leipzig, Budapest, Barcelona, Bristol, Moscow, Leningrad and,...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #811124 (stock #64-05)
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The monks Sariputta and Mogallana have been honored in Burmese Buddhist art as the two chief disciples of Buddha for more than 800 years, as evidenced by their images on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan. Until the late 18th century they were most often integrated into carvings and bronzes of the Buddha. After artisans started carving and casting each of the figures separately, the pose of each monk evolved into the traditional poses seen on these black lacquered carvings, and now vary mai...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #668805 (stock #60-31)
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A rustic jar with stylized designs on a rich blue/green glaze, this 19th century Chinese utility ware evokes a time when even the most humble items were hand made with artistry. Three freely brushed sketches of flowers and calligraphy decorate the sides of the vessel; the top has three abstract foliage designs. Uneven coverage of the turquoise glaze adds to the jar's earthy appeal. Brown glaze covering the interior indicates it was intended for use as a storage urn. Made of coarse, heavy clay, i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #818776 (stock #32-52)
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Shibori, an incredibly intricate Japanese textile art, was used to create the mon (family crest) on one side and good fortune character on the other side of this late Meiji era fukusa. The designs were formed by tightly tying off with thread thousands of individual tiny sections on plain white silk. The tied off sections covered the surface everywhere except the outlines of the character and crest, so that when the fabric was dyed green and the binding threads removed, each tiny section was puck...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1980 item #680458 (stock #61-41)
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A miniature from Mandawa in the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan is focused on just one subject--a kneeling musician. The single subject and muted colors demonstrate differences between Indian miniature schools of painting that were heavily influenced by Mughal style and those that were not. Here there are no strong Mughal colors, intricate patterns of scrolling and textiles, flowers, birds and people filling the space. By contrast, the soft brown tones and space in this Mandawa piece give it a qu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #922753 (stock #63-29)
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Delicately incised yun designs on a three-piece lacquer betel box from the Burmese city of Pagan depict scenes of five elegantly dressed courtiers, each portrayed within a distinctive and elaborate portal. The name of the artisan, Ko Sein Maung, is incised in one ribbon-like cartouche, and his locale, Pagan Dikesu, in another. The wish, chantha basage (may you be rich), appears in a third cartouche. The container has three parts—a deep lid, a high base and a fitted tray. It is designed to reta...
All Items : Fine Art : Mixed Media : Two Dimensional : Pre 2000 item #789104 (stock #08-44)
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From a nature study series by Lali Lomtadze of Tblisi, Georgia, (formerly known as the Republic of Georgia) this mixed media on paper takes a realistic look at leaves, their patterns, shapes and role as food for insects. Noticeable in the composition are two leaves with bite-sized pieces missing, presumably the result of a bug's dinner. Apparently the artist painted just what she saw after propping the stems in a container, appropriate for her series theme of nature in a vase. Whimsy is added wi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #774309 (stock #27-38)
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This early 20th century Russian-made samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia following that small country's independence in 1991 after 70 years as part of the USSR. A maker's seal on the top shows a hammer and sickle under a star, perhaps a reason it was not retained by the original Georgian owners. The stamp includes the letters "BCHX" and "CCCP" as well as a Russian inscription. Another stamp, this one on the foot of the samovar, carries the initials "TK." The brass is coated with a silv...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #638991 (stock #62-45)
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Fine relief carving on this late Qing Chinese bed panel expresses symbolic wishes for good fortune. Made of beautifully grained hongmu (Chinese mahogany), the long panel (88 inches) is suitable for use over a king-sized bed. Stylized characters and traditional symbols, most likely chosen by the parents who commissioned the work, were used to bestow wishes on the newly married couple for long and happy lives. Carvings within the three rectangular sections demonstrate the Chinese love of homonyms....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #362142 (stock #60-67)
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Vignettes painted primarily in shades of green, tawny reds and ochre decorate two sides and the lid of this late 19th century Chinese trunk. Scenes depict an elegant gentleman offering a fan to a lady, a couple with their servant, and on the lid, two warriors in battle regalia. The ends of the trunk have metal handles inset over paintings of flowers. The background is a very dark, almost black, green and the octagonal shape is formed by wood pieces fitted together. Lidded boxes such as this, onc...