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Fine Engraved Ivory Scholar’s Brush, Qing

DESCRIPTION: One of the four treasures of the scholar’s studio, this rare scholar’s brush is crafted from ivory (not bone) and engraved with a maiden in a garden setting as well as a poem in tiny characters. The shaft is banded with silver foil and attaches to the ferrule and tip which are crafted from horn. Qing Dynasty, very good condition with a few hairlines but no open fractures. DIMENSIONS: 12 ½” long (31.7 cm).


Large, Solid Brass Chinese Hand Warmer, Qing

DESCRIPTION: A heavy, well crafted Chinese hand warmer of solid brass, dating from the mid 19th C. The large lid is perforated with round holes to allow ventilation for the coals that would be placed inside. In cold winter months, hand warmers were almost a necessity for venturing outside or while minding one’s shop. A swing handle is attached to the body on side supports. Very good condition with no dents; original finish (tarnished). This sturdy piece is still functional and would make... Click for details


Japanese Blue & White Arita Dish / Plate

DESCRIPTION: A square porcelain dish by Arita, hand painted in the blue and white “Three Friends of Winter” motif. The “Three Friends of Winter” was a popular Japanese theme where pine, prunus and bamboo are grouped, said to represent perseverance, longevity and vitality, despite adversity. The raised and flared edges have repeating geometric patterns and bamboo plants are found in each corner. The plate rests on a round raised foot with blue designs on the undersides. Produced in the... Click for details


Superb Burmese Lacquer Manuscript Box, 19th C.

DESCRIPTION: In Burma (now called Myanmar), one of the most honored and beautifully decorated ceremonial pieces was the box that held the many gold lacquered sheets of Buddhist manuscripts, called the Kammawasa. These sheets are read aloud at monastic assemblies, and topics covered could include formalities for the ordination of monks and the bestowal of their robes, the consecration of an ordination hall, celebrating the festival of the full moon, or other such instructions. (Please see our... Click for details


Antique Chinese Porcelain Figural Snuff Bottle

DESCRIPTION: An appealing Chinese porcelain snuff bottle in the form of a young boy in purple robes. He holds a flower in one hand and the other is resting upon a yellow peacock with fan. A bead on his cap forms the stopper. Very good condition with mionor rubbing to the enamel; no spoon. DIMENSIONS: 3” high (7.6 cm).


Chinese Carved Pink Coral Brooch / Pendant

DESCRIPTION: A Chinese pendant with coral colored stone mounted as a brooch in high relief with a scholar standing under a twisting pine in a mountain setting. The rectangular gilt frame is cast as four bamboo stalks and has a sturdy open “mesh” backing fitted with a stick pin and gold loop so that it can be worn as a brooch or necklace. Very fine work overall with no tarnish anywhere to the gilt frame. DIMENSIONS: 2 3/8” long (6 cm) x 1 7/8” wide (4.8 cm).


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