An extraordinarily rare and beautiful pair of diminutive Chinese Mandarin duck-form covered boxes, each finely modeled with their heads raised and their bodies overlaid with meticulously carved and detailed mother-of-pearl feathers, both with great charm and personality. A small piece of each back lifts to form the cover of each box and reveals a mother-of-pearl Qianlong mark, again, painstakingly carved out of mother-of-pearl, and each duck nestled, perfectly fitting, into their own custom stand. The Mandarin duck is a popular theme in Chinese art as they mate for life and symbolize marital bliss and harmony. Obviously displaying in all aspects a level of quality denoting an Imperial workshop. Measuring 2 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide. Early 19th century. A similar pair with less presence and detail sold in Christies London, November 8, 2011, Lot 0218 for 23,750 pounds.
Two very rare Chinese export reverse glass paintings, mounted in their original frames, depicting two of the twelve months of the year-one representing the month of January, with a winter scene of a skating party, the second image depicting the month of February with farmers preparing their fields for planting. Rather accurately painted from a set of twelve stipple engravings by Batolozzi, after the original paintings done by William Hamilton, R.A. in the 1790s. One with a small arched crack, professionally restored, in the lower left corner which does not go into the image, otherwise, remarkable condition, considering their age and the medium, and with their original frames! Framed size 17″ x 15″. Circa 1800. Sold separately.
A classic Chinese cloisonne bowl finely decorated with an overall floral design-including peony, prunus and chrysanthemum, using an exceptional range of vibrant enamels all set off by the use of a gilded bronze rim and foot, as well as gilded wire separating the cells of enamel. Measuring 6″ in diameter x 2 1/4″ tall and in good condition. Dating to the late Qianlong/Jiajing period, circa 1780-1820. Formerly in the collection of James Graham, the James Graham Gallery, New York,(1915-1991).
A couple of beautiful little pieces of workmanship, this pair of diminutive round covered jade boxes are finely crafted and bear the Qianlong mark incised on the reverse of each. The painstakingly hand-polished surfaces are indicative of Imperial shop workmanship, the aesthetic and design spare in order to showcase the time and talent it took to create these near -perfect little objects. There is no extraneous details or flourishes to distract the eye from the simple beauty of the form and material. Measuring 2″ x 1″ and bearing the Qianlong mark (1736-1796) and in very good condition. Ex-collection of the James Graham Gallery, N. Y. (1915-1991).
We are pleased to offer this great new book about Kangxi era porcelain entitled A Culture Revealed”: Kangxi Era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection. Written by Jeffrey P. Stamen, Cynthia Volk with Yibin Ni, this lavishly illustrated volume focuses on selections from the Jie Rui Tang Collection of Kangxi porcelain formed with care and dedication over the past thirty-five years. A hundred-twenty-five superb examples invite discussion and appreciation for the aesthetic appeal, technical merit and enriching subject matter unique to the period. Pieces are described in both the aesthetic and historical context as well as having narrative scenes deciphered, many of which were previously unidentified or misidentified. Just a totally engrossing book for anyone interested in this very rich period in porcelain production. Privately published and only available through select dealers. Price $120.00
A dazzling set of three Chinese export silver compotes each with dramatically cast figures of dragons supporting lotus form shallow dishes, each lotus petal with different repousse Chinese designs of bamboo, prunus, peach, peony and pomegranate, the whole raised on wave-molded bases. Each piece marked for Wang Hing from Hong Kong, late 19th/early 20th century. A truly spectacular garniture of silver for one’s table or collection. The tallest centerpiece 7 1/2″ tall, the pair 5 1/2″. Excellent condition. Priced as a pair and a single piece.
Two very attractive Chinese export floral paintings on pith paper, custom mounted in a single frame with raw silk matting. All manner of flowers, remarkably rendered, in brilliant gouache in great detail. The pith paper, though fragile, was purposely used as it held the paint so beautifully as evidenced with these examples. Measuring 13″ x 8″ (images) and 37 1/2″ x 16″ overall. Some cracking to paper, otherwise beautiful colors and imagery. Circa 1840.
A very attractive Japanese Meiji period four panel screen depicting hand painted pine and prunus against a gilded cloud background mounted within a brocade mat and simple black frame. Measuring 37″ tall x 8′ 3″ wide. Originally used on the floor, but equally beautiful wall mounted, either way a very soothing and pleasing presence in any space. Minor imperfections and restorations commensurate with age, but overall good condition. Edo Period. $3800.
A truly lovely set of twelve Chinese signed floral watercolors on silk, illustrating Chinese Spring flowers. Each finely matted and mounted in a black and gold oxidized finish frame with a different flower, masterfully rendered and signed by artist Wu Meng Shu and dated 1905. Each measuring 10″ x 7 1/2″ (image), 16″ x 13″ framed. Each elegant, pleasing and soothing to study, and as a whole a beautiful presence in any room. Very good condition. Very good condition with only a slight foxing/stain to one. $9,000.00 the set.