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.

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An Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Turquoise Dayazhai Bajixiang 八吉祥 Dishes

An Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Turquoise Dayazhai Bajixiang 八吉祥 Dishes

Description: A pair of famille rose dishes decorated to the interior with a huamei bird perched on a wisteria branch, above blossoming rose branches growing to one side, all on a pale turquoise-ground. The rim decorated with the eight buddhist symbols Bajixiang 八吉祥.

Age: Late 19th century

Size: Approx 27 cm wide.

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An Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Turquoise Dayazhai Bajixiang 八吉祥 Dishes

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

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)

Famille Verte Anhua Dragon Vase

Famille Verte Anhua Dragon Vase

Description: A good 19th century flared bottle vase finely painted with a green five-clawed dragon leaping amidst clouds in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the dragon with angered facial expression flanked by a pair of horns and revealing gnarled teeth, the mythical beast with its outstretched claws of sharpened talons in flight all above a ring of crashing waves. The vase is finely incised with two bands of anhua decoration.

Age: 19th century

Size: Approx 18 cm High

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Famille Verte Anhua Dragon Vase