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  • Thumbnail for Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (back)
    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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    Chinese Copper-red Pot

    2 3/4" x 2 3/4". Globular form with white ground glazed all over except for the bottom of the foot ring, painted with copper-red dragons pursuing a pearl amid cloud forms on two sides, a band above the foot ring with floral meander and a band of alternating ruyi heads and bats around the mouth, details picked out with gilding, plus a gilded ring on the lip, marked in red enamel, within an incised ring, with four character mark of Qianlong and of the period.

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    Chinese Stoneware Cup and Stand (detail)

    Cup - 2 1/8" h x 4" w. Stand - 1 1/4" h x 5 3/4" w. Petal - carved, campanulate cup, green-glazed, crazed and pooling thickly in recesses and running down on a solid, slightly splayed base in thicl pools, flat base with traces of spurs, double groove below the rim on the exterior. Design of overlapping petals repeated on the inside of the stand, encircling the cup ring, concave base, buff colored body.

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    Chinese Copper-red Glazed Vase - view 1

    5 7/8" h. Baluster form with amethyst colored glaze, finely crackled, fading to some irregular white areas by the foot, beveled edge flat, wide and shallow foot ring unglazed, interior unglazed, white glaze on the base inside the foot ring, splashes of deep red near and on the lip and above foot.

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    Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (back)

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

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    Blue Glass Vase with Box (in box)

    View of small blown glass bottle as presented to Robert Thorp in a small box with stand. The vase is clear, yet mottled with various colors ranging from light blue to brown intermixed with bits of mica to create a sparkling effect.

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    Glazed White Vase

    Vase with light carving under a milky white glaze. Floral motif wraps around the piece, which has been repaired with a metal band around the lip.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Enamel Bronze Fingernail Guard (back)
    Chinese Enamel Bronze Fingernail Guard (back)

    3 3/4" l. Arced and tapered fprm with reticulated design on the reverse and enamel floral design on the front.

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    Tankard

    Pink, lavender, and green floral swags top trim. Large ship, on green sea, showing American flag. Saturday Night written above ship. Reed entwined handle. Famille Rose.

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    Saucer: "The 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 Tomb Candle Holders - view 2
    Chinese Tomb Candle Holders - view 2

    7" h. Paneled hu-formed stem with two degenerated animal head handles, molded in relief with floral sprays divided by bow-form raised and molded vertical lines raised on a high tapered base molded in relief with a frieze of stylized lotus petals, supported by five simple feet, surmounted by a hexagonal drip pan, on top there is an inverted scalloped tip collar surmounted by a tapered lip, minutely crazed greenish-beige glaze carelessly applied

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    Chinese Copper-red Glazed Vase (view 2)

    5 7/8" h. Baluster form with amethyst colored glaze, finely crackled, fading to some irregular white areas by the foot, beveled edge flat, wide and shallow foot ring unglazed, interior unglazed, white glaze on the base inside the foot ring, splashes of deep red near and on the lip and above foot.

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    Chinese Carved Soapstone Vases - back view

    9 3/4"" each. Two vases with peony branches, flowers and leaves twisted around the front of the baluster form vases, continuing down to include the four legged stands carved from one stone, two pieces.

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Incised Belt Hook - top view
    Bronze Incised Belt Hook - top view

    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. Dated to Late Eastern Zhou/ Early Han Dynasty.

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    Chinese Mutton Fat Jade with Wooden Stand (with stand)

    3 7/8" l. Greenish-white jade with russet markings carved in an archaistic style standing dragon, handcarved fitted wood stand.

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    Chinese Carved Wooden Figure of Old Farmer - back view

    4 1/2" h. A figure of an elderly bearded man in peasant clothes and bare feet, standing, holding a pouch in his right hand by his side and raising his left hand, boxwood.

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    Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (1 view 2)

    1 1/2" h x 1 3/4" l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera.

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    Bronze Incised Belt Hook with missing gemstone - side view

    Detail of scrolling pattern on inlaid bronze belt hook. Spot for possible missing gemstone can be seen at center.

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    Plate

    Large central scene of Baptism of Christ in iron red and gold. Fruit & flower border with putti holding banner inscribed "Mat 3: 16" a reference perhaps to a Bible passage found in Matthew 3:16.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Ming Style Vase - view 4
    Chinese Ming Style Vase - view 4

    7" h. Baluster form, very finely painted in brilliant underglazed-blue from the lip down, a band of ruyi heads with hanging jewel pendants, on the bottom of the neck a band of stiff overlapping leaves followed by a narrow band of diamond diaper alternating with four Buddhist emblems, the Wheel of the Law, conch shell, umbrella and vase, followed by a band of pendant three prong spear heads on the shoulder, two chilong standing at the top of a cliff with a twisted tree trunk above and behind them with rock formations, on the tall splayed foot a band of formal lotus pod lappets, stippling and mottling simulating ""heaped and piled"" effect, surface with ""orange peel"" effect, seal characters of Yongzheng and of the period

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    Funerary Vases (view 1) vase 1

    One of two funerary vases. This unusual green glaze jar belongs to a particular type of funerary vessel made during the Three Kingdoms and Western Jin dynasties. Called a hunping (spirit jar), it has a long tapered body topped by a configuration of architectural elements and animals. In this example, figures circle the jar as other creatures swarm up the neck of the container.

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    Bronze Inscribed Mirror (detail)

    3" w. The recessed field is centered by a plain pierced knob surrounded by a circle of seal characters alternating with hairspring-like loops and X's in diamonds flanked by rope twist borders over which is an inscribed plate with the inscription "Zhang-zhia zao" ("Made by the Zhang family").