A Large Ming Tripod Censer

A Large Ming Tripod Censer

Description:  A Large Ming Tripod Censer – Supported on three lion-head feet, decorated to the neck with a key-fret bands, the upright handles flaring outwards.

Age: Ming Dynasty

Size: Approx 30 cm High X 36 cm Wide

A slightly smaller similar censer sold by Christies in 2012 See Below Image

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A Large Ming Tripod Censer

A Large Ming Tripod Censer

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

Similar decorated Yuan period pieces sold by Christie’s

 

Daoguang Famille Rose Four Gentlemen (四君子) Bowl

Daoguang Famille Rose Lingzhi Bowl

Description: The Four Gentlemen (四君子) famille rose bowl, finely decorated with four panels of plumb branches, chrysanthemums, bamboo and lingzhi and orchids and lingzhi. Each separated by lines of poetry. The scalloped rim is highlighted in gilt. Daoguang six character seal mark in iron red and of the period.

The Four Gentlemen have been depicted in Chinese painting for more than a thousand years because of their refined beauty, as well as the moral characters with which the Chinese literati have imbued them.

Age: Daoguang

Size: Approx 13 cm wide.

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Daoguang Famille Rose Lingzhi Bowl

eBay USA – $12,100 For Small Chinese Daoguang Bowl

23rd of November 2019. A small iron red and underglaze blue bowl bearing Daoguang seal mark sells for $12,100 on Ebay USA. The vase had 29 bids with 7 bidders.

Sellers original description: NO RESERVE. Rare Antique or Vintage Chinese Qing Dynasty Blue and White Small Porcelain Bowl With Character Mark. There are no Cracks or any damages. A few glaze contractions and a little bit of brown age spot on the inside center bottom part.

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A Pair Of Transitional Period Grape Vine Bowls (17th c)

A Pair Of Transitional Period Grape Vine Bowls (17th c)

A pair of large, rare blue and white bowls painted in rich vivid tones of cobalt blue with branches of grapes suspended from slender vines bearing coiled tendrils and broad leaves. The underside painted with Jiajing six charachter marks.

Provenance: 1913 Manchester City Art Gallery exhibition label. Bought at Christies 1941. Recently Provided Provenance History: From the Collection of Robert Henry Benson (1850-1929) Exhibited at the ‘Exhibition of Chinese Applied Art’ City of Manchester Art Gallery, 1913, no’s 460 & 461, described as Jiajing Period. Included in Christies celebrated sale of part of the Benson Collection, July 1st 1924, Lot 189 (as Jiajing), bought by Harcourt Johnstone (1895-1945) for 15 guineas. Included in the Sothebys sale of the Harcourt Johnstone Collection, June 13th 1940, Lot 49 and described as Transitional.

Age: 17thc

Size: Approx 18.5 cm wide x 9 cm high

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A Pair Of Transitional Period Grape Vine Bowls (17th c)

Qianlong Vase Bought For £1 Sells For £484,000

Qianlong Vase Bought For £1 Sells For £484,000

A very fortunate man bought a vase from a charity shop in England for one pound sterling, because he thought it was attractive. He then decided to put the vase on e-bay. It aroused so much interest he decided to take it off and take it to a antique valuer.

At Sworders fine art auctioneers in Essex, expert Yexue Li immediately knew she was looking at a valuable piece. The vase turned out to be an 18th century piece made for the Emperor Qianlong. The colours and inscription confirmed its provenance.

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