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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Inlay Work : Pre 1950 item #1144622
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A mid to early 20th century Vietnamese chess set. Vietnam was known for accomplished mother of pearl inlay work as found in the accomplished inlay work on this black lacquer board folding to form a case. Every other square is mother of pearl with fine inlaid decoration of the same material and with incised details. The complete set of 32 French Regence style pieces of turned and carved light and dark colored horn. The French influence follows from that country's half century of occupation of the region from the "Open Door Policy" era through the mid 20th century - becoming an integral part of Vietnamese culture even until today with adopted vocabularly, culture and cuisine. Comparison with more recent exports from Vietnam will bear out the differences in quality from this era - particularly in the inlay work. Good condition with only minor wear from use and one minute point of loss to the black lacquer (easily filled with a black enamel such as nail polish.) The board, opened, is about 15 inches square. The Kings are about 2 3/4 inches high. The board cleaned up a bit after we photographed it. As we often do in auction format, we are starting this well below our fair market retail asking price and without reserve.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1144599
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A Kutani porcelain male and female couple of Mandarin or Wood Ducks (or Oshidori in Japanese.) Decorative arts celebrating the monogamy of Mandarin ducks were popular wedding gifts in some Asian cultures including Japan. Polychrome enamel decoration in the Ao-Kutani ("blue Kutani - reference not just to blue but also to green and aubergine derivatives of blue") palette. The plumage richly colored thusly and the chests and sides in a light, Robin's egg blue. Both marked "Ku Tani" in red enamel Kanji characters on the flat, biscuit undersides. The male duck in good condition with only a couple minor, small flakes to the black glaze - one on its forehead and one on the back tip of its crown (no damage to the porcelain body.) The male duck 8 inches long and 5 inches high.) We are pricing this listing for the male duck but including the female duck. The female duck with minor enamel loss and a crack roughly diagonally through the body and with evidence of glue - very tight, good fit and not very conspicuous when used in decorating. The female duck 6 1/8 inches long and 3 1/2 inches high. Taisho or possibly late Meiji era judging from the nicely applied enamel decoration.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Brass : Pre 1920 item #1138905
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A Southern Indian Brass Lota with chiseled and incised decoration of animated, turbaned figure in roundel repeated around the girth on a ground of saz vine with palmettes above a band of acanthus vine and birds. An inscription is stippled along the everted rim. Good condition - over cleaned, probably belying some greater age. The interior testifies as much with deep, even natural oxidation from use over time. Height: about 5 13/16 inches (14.76 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : East Indian : Pre 1900 item #1126301
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Very finely and richly carved wood letter or book holder. If used with books they must be small ones - practically pocket sized books. The hinged ends fold in flat to the rack's or shelf's surface. The rack (or shelf) expandable by fitted slide - the center portion, fixed to one end, slotted into side portions fixed to the other end. Surfaces of both the rack (or shelf) and its ends richly and finely carved with rabbits, deer, peafowl and butterflies among a lush ground of flowering peonies. Acanthus leaves run up the sides of the shaped ends, tapering to the crest of each crowned with a pair of doves. As far as "ornate" Anglo Indian carving goes, this is the finest and most delicate I have chanced upon. A trace of vermillion stain almost completely faded except for the facing sides of the shaped ends. Raj Anglo-Indian (perhaps Kashmiri work), 19th century. In good, as recently found, condition with few minor losses to carved details and some hastily applied glue to the joint where the center slide's tenon came lose from the end's mortise (should clean easily enough by the right hands.) See additional images. Length collapsed, 12 1/2 inches (31.75 cm). Can expand up to about 20 inches (51 cm). Depth, about 5 1/2 inches (13.8 cm). Height from bottom to top of shaped ends, about 6 inches (15.2 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1125074
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An unusual and rare Chinese export blue and white porcelain candle holder. In simple, traditional Western form probably for the export market but bearing traditional Chinese motif of figures in garden landscape with precious objects and burning incense. The crackle surface with cobalt blue decoration under the glaze. The center with figures with antique treasures in garden. The bobeche with bamboo and blossoms. The foot with flowering branches. The center portion is bordered above and below with manganese "mirror black" glazed relief double rings (the lower border on the biscuit) suggesting the appearance of tarnished silver or metal ferrules. The unglazed, angular foot rim carefully shaped before firing and the glaze well controlled with slight crawl. Most interesting, the "mirror black" glazed rings fade to a soft grey-blue rather than to an iron tone. This indicates manganese mixed with cobalt as was done with 18th century Kangxi works (the 19th century mixing manganese with iron to achieve a similar effect.) We are not saying this recent acquisition is necessarily that old. It may be that it was expedient to use the cobalt already available for the under glaze decoration and it does not appear as controlled as might be expected. Then again, it is an export form. A beautiful piece in pristine condition. A slight list is not very noticeable when not framed within a picture. We will not charge extra for melted wax accumulated in the hollow core. We are broadly estimating age as 19th century. A pleasing hoist at 1 lb and 8.4 oz (692 grams). Height, about 8 inches (20.32 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1113860
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Koryo dynasty celadon bowl. The cavetto with inlaid white slip decoration including ornamental band inside the rim and four strawberry sprays surrounding centered chrysanthemum flowerhead within double ring. The exterior with white and black slip inlaid decoration of two graduated bands of chrysanthemum roundels within double rings. The olive green glaze pooling to blue-green and burned in the kiln to a drab tone on a portion of the exterior. 12th to 13th century. Good condition. Diameter 7 3/8 inches (18.73cm). Height 2 1/2 inches (6.35cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1492 item #1113746
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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 : Indian Subcontinent : Kashmir : Pre 1837 VR item #1086500
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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 : Decorative Art : Minerals : Shell : Pre 1900 item #1075975
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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 : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Organics : Wood : Pre 1970 item #1070493 (stock #3456)
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A carved wood Mallard Duck decoy with light, hollowed body (in top and bottom section) and nicely defined tail and wing feathers. Painted details and glass eyes. Good, serviceable condition with natural wear from use. This useable decoy would make a great decoration. "H.W. Jones" impressed on the bottom. We were told when acquiring that it was from the Chesapeake Bay area vicinity Delaware. But we found online information from a reputable specialty auction house (with presale estimate for an H.W. Jones hollow black duck decoy) suggesting the Hudson River area of New York. Length from tip of bill to tip of tail: 17 3/8 inches
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1067644
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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 : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Copper : Pre 1930 item #1067372
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A fascinating manipulation of fired on patination to the copper or bronze, shouldered vase. A rich, earthy copper red fired on patina is on the interior and on the exterior serving as background to irregular streams, inlets and pools of dappled verdigris among, and picked out by, (seemingly) flames of speckled gold fading into the background color. We included one picture with filtered sunlight to better pick out the colors. Reasonably good condition - allowing for presentable display from a cabinet. There are two small impacts to the side accompanying some patination loss. One of these impacts is small enough that a little repatination or color touch up should suffice. The other could be similarly conserved before or after tapping out the impact. Other minor color touch up - particularly to an area along the shoulder of the vase - might be needed (unless you like to leave things as they are.) Impressed or incised WMF Ikora mark, with tower in circle, to the foot. Height 5 1/8" (13cm)
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Pre 1900 item #1055201 (stock #0101)
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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 : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1055193
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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 1910 item #1052413
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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.