Spoils of Time Asian Ceramics and Works of Art
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Frederick, MD 21701
Serendipitous discoveries offered as fortune permits. Our interests have leaned to Asian art though American furniture, fine art and Continental decorative arts sometimes are represented.

Recent acquisitions have been in Japanese swords and related arts including tsuba and other fittings. We also have traditionally carried Asian ceramics, scholar art and Buddhist sculpture and more. Japanese, Chinese, Southeast Asian and South Asian decorative arts are represented.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Pre 1910 item #1052413
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$195.00
A set of five Victorian cranberry glass fingerbowls of compressed form with waisted rim. Raised on a tapered foot with polished pontil. Condition is good - varying slightly from bowl to bowl. No cracks or abrasions. Rim diameter 4 7/8 in. About 5 1/2 diameter at the broadest point. Foot diameter about 2 3/4 in.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1055193
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$185.00
A good sized Imari porcelain bowl. Blue underglaze cobalt and Red, green, aubergine and gold overglaze enamel decoration. Good decorative impact. A "crows foot" crack inside the foot is stable and barely at all visible inside the bowl. Minor enamel losses. Diameter, 10 1/8 in. Height 3 3/4 in.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Pre 1900 item #1055201 (stock #0101)
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$275.00
Listed Price $365.00
A fine pair of 19th century clambroth glass candle holders. Stout but elegant baluster turned sticks with broad, stable feet. Fine and practical decorative accents. The reference to clambroth says it all - the milky glass almost translucent (more so toward the foot - see second illustration) with opaque bubbles throughout. Good condition. These are probably pretty early and likely not common to fetch a pair. Would be a refreshing "stand in" for brass in period interior. They are tall at height 10 1/8 inches each.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Chinese Export : Pre 1900 item #1065883
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$95.00
The bowl portion of a 19th century Chinese Export porcelain Blue Fitzhugh sauce tureen is offered. No cover. No under plate. Impeccable condition - not even a scratch. An attractive, faint celadon tinge pooling in recesses does not successfully appear in our photographs. Pleasing, ripply surface inside the foot. Handle to handle is about 7 3/4" (19.68cm) long. Side to side is about about 5 1/8" (13cm) wide. The height is about 3 1/4" (8.25cm). If you already have a cover, you are in luck. If you also have an under plate, you are doing better. Would work famously with potpourri
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1067644
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$465.00
A fine set of eight Georgian King's Pattern sterling silver spoons. Marked Sarah and John William Blake, 1815. Excellent condition. Each length about 5 1/2" (13.9cm) and averaging nearly 31 grams each for a total of 247 grams (8.7oz total). Look for our listing of two additional, similar spoons.
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Accessories : Shelves : Pre 1900 item #1075516 (stock #2345)
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$485.00
Richly hand carved, in typical Anglo-Indian colonial fashion, hardwood corner hanging shelf. From the uncarved back, it appears the wood may be imported mahogany if not a similarly grained rosewood from the region. An eagle bearing what appears to be a cobra in its beak (hooded head wrapping around the eagle's side) while a mongoose holds the snake's tail in its bite. The group standing upon an acanthus leaf plinth with turned and reeded drop finial. All secured to a corner bracket quartersphere shelf with intricately carved and pierced skirt joined to shaped panels with pierced vine background and broadly gadrooned and reeded edges terminating in a supporting element depicting a large, pierced and inverted acanthus leaf flanked by a pair of peafowl. Details throughout carved and incised. The whole stained with a dark finish. Condition is good. We photographed this 'in situ' with flash. Wear to the finish is not really as dramatic and would improve visually with minor touch-up. Some minor, small distresses to wingtips and edges. A couple screws visible from the front should conceal with little effort (stain or color and perhaps a little clay first - as when made in the 19th century.) This exceeds our 9 lb digital scale and will ship "oversize" so expect bumps in the shipping cost (inquire for a quote.) Height top to bottom from back is 18 1/5 inches (47cm). Span top to bottom from front is about 21 inches (53.34cm). Widest point along top is 15 3/4 inches (40cm). Wingspan of the eagle is about 15 inches (38cm).
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Minerals : Shell : Pre 1900 item #1075975
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$95.00
The lorgnette handle with octagonal mother of pearl paneling in three sections divided by gold filled fixtures. the end with deep, bright engraved end cap and the telescoping gold filled extender with horn, dovetailed retainer and smaller, simple end cap. Good condition with an almost imperceptible small "flea bite" to a corner of one mother of pearl panel and a tiny dent in the gold filled ornamental end cap - also not at all distracting (try to find lower left leaf in our last enlargement.) Length extended 7 3/4 inches (19.69cm). Length closed 4 1/2 inches (11.43cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Kashmir : Pre 1837 VR item #1086500
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$495.00
Kashmiri kangri in typical Mughal dynasty form (coal fueled warmer). Also sometimes called kanger or kangar. Used inside overcoat-like cloak (gingerly if you can imagine) or as a hand warmer if more form-fitting attire. It is difficult to imagine a metal example would have been used as such. This example may have served an alternative purpose. Metalworked examples of the form are not common - the typical materials being reed covered pottery (insulating one from burns.) Later, Raj silver services on rare occasion used the kangri form for service pieces such as creamers, sugars, tea pots, tea dumps, etc. We believe the present example should be at least early 19th century. This would make a wonderfully unusual and antique conversation piece. The whole with details crisply chiseled into the repousse decoration. The openworked, upper portion with a pair of pea fowl parading along the rim above a band of flower heads. The lower, bowl portion with similarly chiseled decoration of intricate vine and flowers among saz leaf paisleys forming a regular pattern atop a rather finely stippled ground. A flower head band again appears above a decorated, waisted foot with lattice worked, splayed rim. The beautiful verdigris patina appears to be an old, authentic patina acquired naturally over some time. We have found depth and persistence of a patina combined with an absence of metal corrosion to be a good indication of authentic, old patinas. The condition is good. A couple small areas of brighter green in the patina suggest a relatively high copper content. Color consistent with this premise shows from a minuscule 1.5mm point of disturbed patina on the side and some more along the foot rim. A bend along the foot rim suggests a commensurate degree of malleability. It could be used with potpourri or as a stand alone decorative work of art. Height: 6 5/8 inches (16.8cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1091256
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Sold, Shipped to Italy
A 19th century Japanese kyodai (mirror stand) comprised of the stand on two drawer chest. Decorated with gold hiramaki-e and nashiji lacquer techniques depicting pines, prunus and grasses in rocky landscape. The prunus blossoms rendered in oxidized silver haku-e with gold details. Engraved metal terminals adorn scrolled elements and the base of the holder. Two metal insets with Paulownia Mon also adorn the mirror holder as well as the two drawer pulls. Gilt mostly worn from the metal ornaments but with noticeable traces on the Mon insets. The Paulownia Mon has been said to rank second only to the Chrysanthemum. The mon was used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, conferred by him to successful generals and is associated with branches of the Matsudaira clan among others. Kyodai (mirror stands) were an important part of a wedding trousseau. Condition is adequate for a study piece and for a dramatic and presentable decoration. The mirror holder is in relatively good condition, the drawer fronts in reasonably good restored condition, but the sides of the chest with some distress and losses (a worthy conservation project if one is inclined.) With the mirror holder removed, fading (from light and wear) can be observed between the covered area and the rest of the top [see our enlargement 9]. We will be happy to e-mail full size copies of any of our enlargements in response to requests for greater detail. Overall height: 24 3/4 in (62.86 cm). Chest height: 10 1/4 in (26 cm). Length and Width both 10 3/4 in (27.3 cm). Note that mirror holder detaches but will still require a fairly sizeable box to ship safely (shipping and packing extra.)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1091361
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Sold
A Japanese carved and lacquered wood figure of a Buddhist Guardian. (Originally part of a small scale group comprised of at least a central figure and pair of acolytes.) Up to 12 such guardian figures are possible in a temple grouping. Condition is good and presentable with one small loss of wood to one sleeve and some minor lacquer losses. Missing are a nimbus and possibly an ornament atop the helmet. Height: 9 3/8 inch (23.8cm) including a 3/16 (1.9cm) inch high base to which it is affixed.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1105956
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$185.00
A Vietnamese blue and white porcelain jarlet. Chrysanthemum blooms and leafage decoration. Good condition. The black mark inside the foot is only on the surface and appears to be fired on (perhaps some exposed and oxidized cobalt.) A good size at 2 7/8 inches (7.3cm) height. About 3 3/8 inches (8.6cm) diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1105961
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$215.00
A Vietnamese blue and white porcelain jarlet. Painterly chrysanthemum blooms and leafage decoration well rendered and with some iron colored highlights where generously applied cobalt oxidized during firing. Good condition. About 2 5/8 inches (6.67cm) height. About 3 inches (7.63cm) diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1105993
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$145.00
Two Vietnamese blue and white porcelain boxes. Painterly flower, leafage and patterned decoration. Larger 2 inches (5.07cm) height, 2 7/8 inches (7.3cm) diameter. Smaller 1 5/8 inches (4.13cm) height, 2 5/8 inches (6.67cm) diameter. Both present very well. Each with a stable hairline from the rim of the pot - from a chip inside the rim of the smaller pot (not visible when covered.) The cover of the larger pot with chip on its rim - also mostly not visible when atop its pot.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1837 VR item #1105995
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$565.00
A Vietnamese blue and white porcelain dish with decoration of four crabs among seaweed and centering a fifth crab all within a simple zigzag border. A hasty but crisp provincial rendering and perhaps late 17th to 18th century for the export market - utilizing a relatively refined cobalt. Good condition with minor firing faults. 7 1/8 inches (18.1cm) diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : American : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1112241
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$1,175.00
A fine 19th century classical rosewood canterbury. The four compartments separated by three rail and stile partitions with handle, enclosed by openwork lyre sides and turned corner posts with finials, all over two drawer case raised on turned feet. Wonderfully appropriate for a period music room. The two drawers likely cost the patron a pretty penny in the period and are not commonly encountered. Secondary woods (exhibiting only hand rendered kerf marks) include red cedar and chamfered poplar for the drawers, and red cedar and knotty pine for the case. Note the darker oxidation (as expected) on the exposed lower drawer bottom. Probably American, inspired by Regency design. Compare with Neal's 2005 Winter Estates Auction lot 261 which lacked case and drawers. Very good condition save some rosewood veneer loss on one side lyre (see third enlargement - a minor consideration easily restored - we will not.) This will ship oversized or by special delivery service at buyer's expense. Length 20 1/2 inches (52cm), Height 18 inches (45.7cm), Depth 14 1/2 inches (36.8cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1492 item #1113746
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$285.00
A large, longquan type celadon lotus bowl with opqaque, olive green glaze. The lotus leaves with details incised into the shaped sides of the molded bowl with ridges for the lotus leaves, defined rim and raised on unglazed ring foot. At least Yuan dynasty and likely earlier. As difficult to augur regional origin (probably Southern) as dynastic origin. Good condition. Our images show some felt adhesed to the foot (not permanent) and some old sticker residue (which will also clean off.) Diameter 7 7/8 inches (20cm). Height 3 inches (7.62cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1113815
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$195.00
An attractive Japanese blue and white porcelain soba choko with banana leaf, fence and chidori in mist decoration supported by single blue line all over double blue line. The inside rim with blue and white fret band and the bottom inside with a single flower within double blue line. The glazed foot ring surrounding a wide, unglazed band centering a recessed, glazed center. The white glaze very slightly blue tinged. The decoration exhibits some of those peculiarly Japanese qualities we have also come to very much appreciate in tsuba. Good condition. Early 19th to late 18th century. Height 2 1/2 inches (6.35cm). Diameter 3 3/8 to 3 1/2 inches (8.57 to 8.89 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1113823
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$195.00
A fine Japanese blue and white porcelain soba choko with decoration of prunus blossoms on branches rising above an active with breaking waves all over a comb pattern on double blue lines above the foot. A fret band decoration appears inside the foliate shaped rim and a flower head within double blue ring adorns the bottom inside. The clear glaze pools to a lovely pale celadon tone above the prunus and sea decoration and in a glazed recess centered inside the glazed foot ring and broad unglazed band. Uniquely Japanese design elements successfully portray the ephemeral qualities of sakura blossoms against the foil of a rythmic, eroding sea. Appreciating the moment. Good condition: A couple small points of distress on the foot rim appearing to be quite stable and possibly dating to the moment of firing. Early 19th to late 18th century. Height 2 5/8 inches (6.67cm). Diameter 3 1/2 to 3 5/8 inches (8.89 to 9.2 cm)