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All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : French : Revival : Pre 1900 item #1429736
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$4,700.00
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A substantial 19th century French jardiniere. The shaped form of onyx with mellow patina. Each side with rouge marble panels supporting ormolu. The end panels round, also with champlevé and bronze doré. the side panels with cherubs decoration flanked by champlevé and bronze doré design elements. The jardiniere raised on paw doré feet. Wear on surfaces, edges and corners from use; one flanking bronze boss missing left of one of the larger ormolu side panels; but overall good condition. Length at various points ...
End to end of the decorative bosses at either end, almost 20 inches.
End to end of the base, 17 1/4 inches.
Corner to corner of the main compartment, 15 1/2 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1427461
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$475.00
A Japanese woven bamboo reed ikebana basket. Of small size and fine work. Having handled a good number of ikebana baskets over time, this one strikes us as quite sophisticated. Of baluster form, meticulously consistent woven pattern, defined foot and rim, sparse and well balanced decorative intertwined bamboo shoots across the face, and confidently woven handles. Excellent condition. Height, 8 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1427128
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$1,200.00
An elegant, strongly rendered Japanese Meiji period bronze vase. Six sectioned, stylized lotus blossom form. The base reminiscent of lotus themed Japanese decorative arts, extending in an elongated neck, terminating in a bulbous rim reminiscent also of garlic-head vases (first seen in Chinese decorative arts). Good condition, the neck just slightly off straight, original surface patination somewhat rubbed but presentable. Height, about 12 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1426608
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$495.00
A Nabeshima blue and white dish with decoration of peonies issuing from rockery. Late Meiji era. Good condition. Diameter, 8 inches to 8 1/8 inches. Height, 2 3/8 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1920 item #1426221
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$4,400.00
A finely carved Suzhou school agate snuff bottle. Decoration of figures, picked out from natural colors of the stone, in landscape of hilly bluffs with overhanging pine and whispy cloud. Based on the gourd in the sash of the larger figure - possibly depicting the immortal, Le Tieguai. Nicely defined foot rim. The top rim with broad, just slightly concave surface. Very well hollowed. Height of bottle without cap, 2 5/8 inches. Height with cap, 3 1/8 inches. Excellent condition of the bottle.

The top is also in good condition but the bone spoon is a bit short and wrapped tape keeps a snug fit to the bottle. The top may be a replacement.

All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : English : Georgian : Pre 1800 item #1425934
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$685.00
A nicely shaped, George III period knife box. Rich, old finish with natural, dark patina. One of the back feet appears to be a replacement. In good, lightly conserved condition with some imperfections. The wood tends to move over time with differences in shrinkage. Our pictures show an area with the most movement/distress. A little attention in the hand of an accomplished cabinetmaker/restores can work wonders for this box. Height, 14 3/4" inches (37.465 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1424293
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$1,400.00
A well made 19th century Japanese porcelain haisen (sake up rinser on stem foot). Rare Shunga decoration depicting a bondage scene within the bowl. The manner of the painted decoration in comic fashion similar to that found on some shunga makimono. Shunga paintings and prints are rare enough but encountered. Edo period porcelains with shunga decoration are exceedingly rare. Good condition. Height, 4 1/2 inches. Diameter, 6 3/4 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1424279
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$975.00
A good Chinese boxwood carving of Budai. Three children clamor over him. A bat appears on his right hand. Bone and horn inlays detail his eyes and teeth. Rich, mellow old patina. Nice grain figure in places. Late Qing to early Republic. Ca 1900. Very good condition with typical minor distress checks in the old hardwood surface. Remnants of old label. Height, about 4 5/8 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1920 item #1394568
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$2,600.00
A pair of boldly carved pale blue peking glass vases. Birds in flowering branches. Good condition. Height, eight inches. Early 20th century, Republican era.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1377314
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$900.00
A Chinese changhua stone seal of choice, dark red color ("chicken blood") and old, rich patina. Carved to depict Lu Dongpin, a poet scholar elevated to Taoist Immortal over time. A whisk (an attribute associated with Lu Dongpin) is held and a fruit resembling a peach to the side. Condition shows wear from use but good. No seal is extant on the smoothed bottom. Height, 3 1/4 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1345061
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$265.00
A Kakiemon style porcelain six lobed dish. Cobalt blue underglaze and red, green, yellow, blue and black outline overglaze enamel decoration of 'three friends of winter' (pine, bamboo and prunus). Assymetry of decoration, as well as palette, typical of Kakiemon type porcelains. But the quality of decoration (though good inside the dish), potting and mark speaks to a more general 'Arita' attribution. Some kiln grit adheres inside the foot rim. 19th century. Condition is good, with a few small glaze flakes outside the rim on one lobe, and with some wobble to the potting, and minor kiln faults and light scratches. Diameter from 5 7/8 inches (15.1 cm) to 6 1/4 inches (15.7 cm) [recall the mention of "wobble"]. Height from 1 5/16 (3.3 cm) inches to 1 1/2 inches (3.7 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1344327
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$550.00
A fine Arita blue and white four lobed bowl. Decoration of Sennin Chokaro with his gourd attribute in landscape, centered by extraordinary shironuki (drawn in white) decoration in the cavetto - each of four panels with a different auspicious figure and attributes. The outside of the shaped rim and sides also with simple shironuki decoration of a water border and a lotus blossom floating at each, dimpled corner. This accomplished work would have issued from aristocratic patronage rather than standard kiln production. Faint celadon tinge in the pooled glaze along the footrim. 18th - early 19th century. One flake inside the rim otherwise good condition. 5 7/8 to 6 inches (14.92 to 15.24 cm) across at the corners. About 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #1344316
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$1,175.00
A fine little octagonal blue and white porcelain kakiemon style deep dish. Chocolate brown glazed rim, white body and clear glaze over cobalt blue decoration of a primitive, raised teahouse with loose thatch roof and slung entrance screen all under a large willow tree and, conspicuously, a spiderweb (perhaps to emphasize closeness to nature) in the foreground. The interior wall and rim decorated with repeating pattern and karakusa (scrolling vine and leaf). Karakusa also appearing on the exterior wall. Blue rings around the foot, a blue ring inside the foot centering a mark - appears to read Yoshi and Ga (Ka) and possibly another stylized character from the center line. One might call it a variant on the Fuku mark in this context but it looks rather like an artist and possibly a place reference for a private kiln (which would have been Daimyo sponsored in the period). The mark on the verso is aligned with the decoration on the front - an indication of attention to detail expected also of authentic fine Chinese ceramics. An extraordinary work, finely potted and deftly painted. Very good condition with light rubbing on the interior from wear and a small kiln fault there where the glaze crawled a little. Certainly early 18th century and not implausibly reaching to the end of the Genroku era (1704). About 5 1/4 inches (13.34 cm) diamater at the sides, 5 5/8 inches (14.3 cm) diameter at the corners, about 1 5/16 inch (3.33 cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1700 item #1344279
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$1,675.00
A fine Japanese blue and white porcelain dish. The foliate rim with chocolate brown glaze, the white porcelain body and glaze, and the fine attention to detail all suggest Kakiemon type. The cavetto with decoration of flowering plants including peonies, prunus and others. The center decorated with a bird (perhaps a flycatcher) in fruited branches, rockery and bamboo leaves below. Both the cavetto and center with reverse technique where the underglaze cobalt blue forms the background of the decoration. Finely defined chatter marks inside the footrim centering five spur marks. Remnants of an old label adhere to the back. The decoration has the feel of Chinese inspiration. Emulation of traditional Chinese porcelain decoration, and certainly Chinese porcelain marks, is not without basis. I have not come upon quite this decoration before and would consider it, along with the quality of this work, to be rare and early - probably Genroku era. One hairline issues from the rim where a flake on the front has an old repair, otherwise good condition. This dish would be an excellent candidate for a proper kintsugi (gold lacquer) repair. Diameter 8 7/8 inches (22.5 cm), Height 1 1/16 inch (2.7 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1837 VR item #1343243
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$540.00
A large Tembo tsuba. The Tembo (or Tenpo) style evolved from the Saotome school and the sukashi decoration of Okiagari here (an especially nice feature) carries over. Okiagari are self righting toys and the subject was a symbol of inspiration to Samurai in aspiring to improvement and the right path in life. There is, on a curious level of interest, some minute trace of old gold decoration (long since worn off) on the surface of this tsuba. Though there are transitional examples, the present example has a drier feel more typical of Tembo iron (Saotome examples having a smoother, wetter feel.) The kozuka-ana plugged with, apparently, pewter. Edo period. Good condition with one small scratch (should be easily treatable.) Height 3 3/8 inches (85 cm), Width 3 3/16 inches (81.5 cm), and 5/32 of an inch (4 cm) thick.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1837 VR item #1342841
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$675.00
An Edo period iron tsuba with stylized wave motif. Carved and chiseled details on the waves enhancing the inference to water. The symmetric depiction likely a ka-mon (heraldic device). A nearly identical tsuba can be found in the Boston Museum of Fine Art, accession number 11.11500, with the minor exceptions of a more rounded seppa-dai in the present tsuba with gilt, kinko band probably intended to fit the tsuba with a particular koshirae. This tsuba must be the same school if not the same workshop as the BMA tsuba. Nami (wave) Mon was used by several families. A symmetrical variant not very unlike that used in this tsuba (repeated four times to form a mokko shape) was used by the Maeno (surname of an Oda Nobunaga retainer), the Soga, the Shimazaki and a few variants by the Oguri. 17th-18th century. Very good condition. About 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) high, 2 9/16 inches (6.51 cm) wide, 3/16 inches (.48 cm) thick.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1340187
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$625.00
A well forged, handsome mokume tsuba in mokko-gata form with katakiri-bori landscape decoration on both the omote and ura. The mokume grain is large and well controlled reminding one of ayasugi hada. In fact, this tsuba is indeed a tosho (swordsmith's) tsuba, being made by [Kai Ju] Kiyonaga and dated the third year of Bunkyo (1863) believed to be the same as KIY 298 referenced in Hawley's, Japanese Swordsmiths. Our angled, side view photographs more accurately portray patina and color as well as the mokume grain. Good condition. 3 5/8 inches (8.4 cm) X 3 3/8 inches (8.1 cm) and 7/32 inches thick (.55 cm) at the raised mimi and about 1/8 inch (.32 cm) thick at the seppa-dai. The raised mimi and no taper across the plate are atypical of traditional tosho tsuba. But the present example being 19th century, and toward the end of the Edo period, allows latitude for creativity. Ex Arnold Frenzel collection. If both sensitivity and strength are conveyed in the smith's blades as they are in this tsuba, I would be tempted to acquire one of his swords.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1338182
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$435.00
A simple, four lobed armorer's tsuba with simple pierced decoration perhaps depicting a landscape with structure. The udenuki-ana (cord holes) have the effect of completing the illusion of a Sesshu-like landscape. The saotome were armorers turned tsuba makers who worked in this manner and scale. Good condition with good tekkotsu. Sengoku era. 2 15/16 (7.46 cm) inches x 2 5/8 (6.67 cm) inches