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    Bowl by Pierre Charles L'Enfant

    Of rectangular form with notched corners and circular base; decorated in underglaze blue, polychrome enamels, and gold, with cell-diaper border and husk chain at the rim, narrow bands on the base, central winged figure on opposite sides holding a knotted ribbon below which is suspended an eagle emblem, floral sprays on the alternating sides, "Fitzhugh" border on the interior rim together with a cell-diaper band in the center framing a single floral spray.

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    Tea Room image 3 by Seiji Suzuki

    The circular window of the tearoom is not designed for looking outward. It is kept shut so that guests focus inward and ultimately reflect on their own state of mind. Zen scrolls often depict the mind with a circle written in one brush stroke. The subdued light in a tearoom lends itself to contemplation. The tearoom is a fragile work of art. It requires considerable care and delicate handling. Heavy jewelry, watches and such are never worn in the tearoom, for they may scratch the wood or mats. Shoes are removed and feet should be covered. It is traditional in Japan to wear white socks. Hands are washed and clothing is clean so as not to harm the mats.

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    Chinese Bronze Vase (view 2)

    7 1/4 " h. Pyriform body, elongated neck with a long draong entwined terminating with a bulbous mouth surmounted by an upright cylindrical lip, all supported by a tall splayed foot ring, traces of gilding.

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    Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (front)

    3" w. Cast and decorated in relief with two men flanking the pierced dumbell-form knop and with eight Buddhist precious objects dispersed above and below. Narrow wedge shaped ridge.

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    Chinese Bronze Knife (back)

    7" l. The scimitar-form coin is cast in thread relief with a line border, three horizontal lines towards the tip, archaic characters above, two vertical lines on the stem and terminating in a ring.

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    Chinese Stone Relief Carving (right view)

    Detail of figure to the left of male seated figure. Halo around this standing female figure's head indicates her divine nature.

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    Chinese Bronze T'ao T'ie Mask Belt Hook (back)

    2" w. Cast with projecting brows, scrolled horns and large scrolled ears, loop handle below a protruding nose which is flanked by hooked fangs, incised with fur markings, traces of gilding present.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (back)
    Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (back)

    6 1/4" w. The central pierced knop surrounded by four radiating petals enclosed by a square band filled with dashes vertical and horizontal and loops at the corners, encircled by eight slightly raised bosses and dragons with birds, with outer concentric rings of archaic characters and dog-tooth bands. The recessed portion cast in linear relief integrated with the Ts, Ls, and Vs.

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    Tea Room image 1 by Seiji Suzuki

    The tearoom is a masterpiece of traditional Japanese architectural design and artisanship. It incorporates both formal shoin-style elements, based on the design of a study or library in a Buddhist temple, as well as the sukiya elements of a humble cottage.

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    Charger of Lee Family Coat of Arms

    On the border are two alternating scenes painted en grisaille. One is of skyline of London along the Thames River and the other is of the port of Canton along the Pearl River. Symbolizes the trade between the two. In the center is the Lee family crest and coat of arms. As always, the squirrel is directly above the shield and the motto "VIRTUS. VERA EST NOBILITAS" is below.

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    Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (front)

    4 3/8" w. Seal characters forming a frieze

  • Thumbnail for Plate in Famille Rose
    Plate in Famille Rose

    A pair of famille rose plates painted in rich enamel colors with a lady helping her sons bait their fishing line as her companion watches lazily, a yellow diaper border on the well and pink cell on the rim interrupted by bour floral panels.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Bronze Knife (front)
    Chinese Bronze Knife (front)

    7" l. The scimitar-form coin is cast in thread relief with a line border, three horizontal lines towards the tip, archaic characters above, two vertical lines on the stem and terminating in a ring.

  • Thumbnail for Saucer: "Doctor's Visit to the Emperor"
    Saucer: "Doctor's Visit to the Emperor"

    Saucer decorated with "The Doctor's Visit to the Emperor" after a design by Cornelis Pronk. For the Dutch market.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Bronze Hand Warmer with Engraved Dragons and Flowers (close up)
    Chinese Bronze Hand Warmer with Engraved Dragons and Flowers (close up)

    2" h x 2 3/4" w. Ovate body with engraved design of dragons on two sides enclosed in arabesque cartouches and engraved peonies in arabesque cartouches on the other two sides, rectangular cover, domed and cast in relief with a dragon and preforated bale handle, traces of gilding and lacquer.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Bronze T'ao T'ie Mask Belt Hook (mirror back)
    Chinese Bronze T'ao T'ie Mask Belt Hook (mirror back)

    2" w. Cast with projecting brows, scrolled horns and large scrolled ears, loop handle below a protruding nose which is flanked by hooked fangs, incised with fur markings, traces of gilding present.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Bronze Vase (view 1)
    Chinese Bronze Vase (view 1)

    7 1/4 " h. Pyriform body, elongated neck with a long dragon entwined terminating with a bulbous mouth surmounted by an upright cylindrical lip, all supported by a tall splayed foot ring, traces of gilding.

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    Chinese Bronze Belt Hook (front)

    3 1/2""h. Cast in relief, a stylized winged dragon coiled in a figure eight, taloned feet with a slender shaft above ending in a bird's-head hook. Traces of gilding present.

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    Tea Room image 5 (detail) - tokonoma by Seiji Suzuki

    The alcove, or tokonoma, is slightly elevated above the tearoom floor and may originally have been used to seat someone of high rank. In the medieval age, the alcove became a sacred space to display a scroll with calligraphy or a simple flower arrangement. In a formal tea gathering, the scroll offers a profound message upon which guests may meditate; the natural flower arrangement reflects the pure spirit of the host. The uneven and staggered cherrywood shelves in the tokonoma display porcelains from the Reeves Collection. In medieval Japan, the shelves often held writing implements and Buddhist scripture. A dove-shaped piece of wood curves upward at the end of the shelf. This traditional architectural detail prevents a writing brush from rolling off the shelf. The recessed hardware details in the cabinets are in the shape of a chrysanthemum.

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    Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (front)

    3 7/8" w. Includes 18 seal characters forming a frieze.

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    Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (back)

    3 7/8" w. Includes 18 seal characters forming a frieze.

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    Chinese Stone Relief Carving (front)

    Remnant of larger stone grouping showing four figures, two seated with two exterior figures presented hands folded in a devotional manner. Most likely part of an original funerary construct.

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    Blue and White Rice Table Set

    Blue and white rice table (rijsttafel) set for condiments to be eaten with rice. Chinese export for the Dutch market.

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