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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #291633 (stock #60-22)
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$400.00
Elegant wood boxes with drawers and compartments were regarded by Chinese scholars as essential for the storage of the small personal items they valued. Their carved signature seals and ink sticks often were stored in these boxes, which usually were kept on a desk in the scholar's study but were small enough to be moved easily into the courtyard when he preferred to work outside. This late 19th century box has three drawers and a compartment with two doors made of nicely beaded panels. Door pane...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #847598 (stock #60-21)
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$470.00
This Qing Dynasty scholar’s box has four rosewood doors hand painted with ivory-colored flowers and foliage, following the traditional practice of Chinese scholars to surround themselves in their studios with reminders of nature. Made to be displayed on a table or desk, the box was used to store carved signature seals, ink sticks and other small items. The rosewood door panels are set within hand carved elm beading and frames, and the front, sides and top of the piece are made of elm wood in a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1700 item #976088 (stock #38-83)
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$475.00
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #999275 (stock #29-54)
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The orchid and bamboo, classic Chinese brush paintings, were prized by Chinese scholars who positioned the paintings prominently in their studios because, they said, the nature of the orchid and bamboo closely mimicked laudable human virtues. Orchids represented love, beauty and refinement, and bamboo stood for longevity and durability. They were among the four plants the literati identified as “Noble Paragons.” (Also included were the chrysanthemum and plum blossoms.) These two paintings ar...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #147960 (stock #53-44)
Silk Road Gallery
$800.00
Framed
Two scholars and a sleeping servant boy are painted on loose-weave silk in this mid 19th century Korean work. In strong light, the large unpainted silk area above the subjects takes on a rich gold sheen. A scholar's rock in an unusual shape rests on a container of pebbles in the foreground. The position of the scholars to one side contemplating objects not shown in the painting, plus the absence of an artist's seal suggests this was part of a larger piece, but the silk mat appears to be about th...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #810505 (stock #37-65)
Silk Road Gallery
$700.00
Two panels of Chinese calligraphy convey an exotic and compelling vision: “In the amber light . . . hear the sound of drums and dance and fly like a bird.” Written in free-flowing cursive script, these late 20th century panels are mounted on grey silk appropriate for framing or scrolling. A fascinating window into Chinese history, calligraphy began with oracle bone script in the 11th and 12 centuries BC and progressed through various styles of script—seal, clerical, standard, and cursive. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #136356 (stock #39-11)
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$795.00
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1910 item #705829 (stock #54-66)
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$295.00
A tall, thin scholar in a flowing robe centers this late 19th/early 20th century Chinese wood carving. He holds a fan and strikes a pose of the privileged as his little servant stands by on the left. The scholar presumably is on a stroll through his garden, a spot where the Chinese literati were said to spend a good deal of their time and where they often were shown in paintings and carvings. The deep relief carving is inside an octagon, which is contained within a rectangular cartouche. The pan...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #899863 (stock #60-23)
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$495.00
This 19th century Chinese scholar's box has delicate bone inlay in a pattern of butterflies and flowers that swirl upward within four rosewood panels. A narrow rectangle of inlaid bone encloses each pattern. The panels are set within two doors on the front of the piece that swing out to reveal three drawers on one side and a large open compartment on the other. A “secret” storage area is accessible when the bottom drawer is removed. As is typical for Chinese joinery of the Qing Period, the d...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1345065 (stock #10-50)
Silk Road Gallery
$675.00
Carved from stone, weighing 98 pounds and standing 32 inches tall, this Buddha is unique--both spare and complex. From the side the figure is simplified and angular; the front and back are rounded, and the face is detailed. The figure conveys both strength and warmth through facial expression and hand gestures. A touch of hauteur in the face is softened with hand gestures (mudra). The right hand is raised in abhaya mudra, which grants protection and reassurance; the left palm is turned outward i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #878968 (stock #60-11)
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This Taihu scholar's stone is classified as "linglong," one of the criteria used by connoisseurs to judge the rocks collected by Chinese literati. The term linglong may be translated as "shapely" or as "pierced with many holes." This stone also is in the category of "fantastic rock" (as opposed to "zoomorphic rocks" and "landscape rocks") for the obvious reason that one can see abstract, dream-like representations in its form. Shaped by the water of Tai Hu (Lake Tai) near Suzhou, its dark khaki...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #902690 (stock #38-56)
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$600.00
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #145210 (stock #38-57)
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$390.00
The wide wing span of a bird forms the top of this mid-19th century Qing Dynasty inkstone. The dark purple-grey stone is unusually shallow for an inkstone, which contributes to the sleek look of the bird motif. Scholars selected inkstones with great care and had them carved with symbols they hoped would encourage and inspire their higher sentiments as they created poetry, calligraphy and paintings. This inkstone is in perfect condition, with a nice ink-coated patina and a well used ink grinding ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1970 item #884042 (stock #44-63)
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SOLD
A Tibetan thangka celebrates the revered Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava, a monk who, in the eighth century, traveled from his native India to Tibet. The scholar is recognized for smoothing the adoption of Buddhism within Tibet by integrating some of the deities and beliefs of Tibet’s ancient Bon religion into Tibetan Buddhism. On the back of this thangka (sometimes spelled “thanka”) is the Tibetan script for the mantra “om mani padme hum.” The mantra, which is said to contain all the t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #666659 (stock #41-59)
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$795.00
An ancient form of calligraphy was used in this scroll by an early 20th century Chinese scholar to express his admiration for the work of a fellow calligrapher. Loosely translated as "clever hand," the characters have a bold and charming quality that allows them to be appreciated as abstract art apart from the sentiment they convey. Circa 1920, this piece is signed and sealed by the calligrapher Li Fung Gung. The calligraphy, on paper, is in very good condition and is mounted on silk. The scrol...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1126165 (stock #12-57)
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$290.00
This late Qing scholar’s box has a removable dark red and gold carved front panel that secures four drawers behind it. The intended interpretation of the gilded garden scene carving is a mystery: A man and woman appear to be observing or celebrating an object, possibly a manuscript, tied with a rope into a bundle that is suspended above them from an overhanging flowering branch. It is interesting to speculate that perhaps the scholar just completed some important writing and this is a celebrat...