Pair Of Doucai Dragon Jars Sell For US $88,888.88 On Ebay USA

The story goes a woman bought these jars a few years back at an antiques fair in Champlain Valley.

She brought the pair of Doucai dragon jars to Global Garage Sales in Colchester to be sold online. Peter Becker and Erik Holcomb, co-founders of Global Garage Sales, posted the jars on Ebay for a seven day auction.

Pair Of Doucai Dragon Jars Sell For US $88,888.88 On Ebay USA

Feb 05, 2020 . A pair of doucai dragon jars sell for US $88,888.88 on Ebay USA. The jars had 100 bids with 19 bidders.

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Valuable Rare Banknote Found In Ming Dynasty Head

Valuable Rare Banknote Found In Ming Dynasty HeadIn most family households the husband hands over his money to his wife to run the house and family. But in ancient China some guy decided to hide his money where his wife would never think to look.

600 years later his hidden money has been found, found in the crevice of an antique carved wooden head. The head was on view at an auction in China when an unsuspecting potential buyer notice something silver from a small crevice on the underside of the Ming dynasty head. After further investigation it was discovered that the shiny silver item was in fact a silver bank note worth the equivalent in its day of 28 kilograms of pure silver. The note had been folded into a 2.5cm square and pushed into an old crack on the underside of the head.

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Bronze Elephant Tripod Censer & Reticulated Cover

Bronze Elephant Tripod Censer & Reticulated Cover

Description:  Heavily cast, the censer is decorated in relief with lotus scrolls flanked by a pair of handles in the form of caparisoned elephant heads with their trunks raised, wearing beaded jewels with stone inlays, supported on three further elephant heads, their curved trunks forming the legs. The openwork cover is pierced with lotus scrolls surrounding the finial cast as a recumbent elephant, wearing inlaid beaded jewels and draped by an embroidery, carrying a treasure vase on its back.

Age: 18th century

Size: Approx 37 cm high

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Bronze Elephant Tripod Censer & Reticulated Cover

An Immensely Rare Yuan Dynasty Lacquer Scroll Tray

An Immensely Rare Yuan Dynasty Lacquer Scroll Tray

Description: 

A large Yuan cinnabar lacquer scroll tray carved against the ochre ground with a pair of long-tailed birds soaring around a central chrysanthemum bloom, each bird rendered with a short curved beak and portrayed flying swiftly with a billowing furcated tail, the scene densely adorned with further floral blooms and lush foliage.

The present piece belongs to a distinct group of carved lacquer wares known as ‘two-bird’ dishes. Although the species of birds and flowers vary from dish to dish, they are almost invariably decorated with the same compositional layout of two birds in flight amidst a floral background, while on the exterior is a band of classic scroll or ‘fragrant scroll’, xiangcao.

The subject of two birds in flight amidst flower and foliage was very popular during the Song and Yuan dynasty, and can be found most often in a circular composition as on a dish or round box, where the bodies of the birds and their long flowing tail feathers form a circular motion.

This rectangular tray is extremely rare and there does not appear to be another similar published example of this size.

Age: Yuan Dynasty

Size: Approx 35 cm long.

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An Immensely Rare Yuan Dynasty Lacquer Scroll Tray

For a smaller similar tray see Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston.

Similar decorated Yuan period pieces sold by Christie’s