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

A Ming Gilt Bronze Figure Of Guanyin

A Ming Gilt Bronze Figure Of Guanyin

Description: Modelled in dhyanasana with hands in abhayamudra, wearing flowing robes, an elaborate necklace over the plain chest, earrings and a tall pierced tiara with scrolling leaves, the face with a serene expression all upon a triple lotus base with traces of original gilding.

Age: Ming Dynasty

Size: Approx 28.5 cm High

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A Ming Gilt Bronze Figure Of Guanyin

An Archaistic Bronze Bianhu

An Archaistic Bronze Bianhu

Description: Of flattened oval section raised on a oval hollow base, a pair of taotie masks applied to the shoulders, The vessel is otherwise undecorated except for a recessed panel around front and back and a raised band around neck. Dark green patina.

This type of wine vessel first appeared in the Warring States period (457-221 BC) as beverage containers, although some scholars believe it was an innovation of the Eastern Zhou period.

Age: Yuan/Ming Dynasty

Size: Approx 20 cm High

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An Archaistic Bronze Bianhu

A 19thc Blue And White 100 Butterfly Meiping

A 19thc Blue And White 100 Butterfly Meiping

Description: A good blue and white Meiping finely painted with butterfly’s of various styles and sizes, the base with a Kangxi four character mark.

The word for butterfly in Chinese, 蝶 die, is homophonous with the word 疊 die, meaning to repeat, butterflies are often included in Qing dynasty decoration in order to suggest duplication of an auspicious wish. They also express a wish for longevity. In addition, butterflies are seen as symbols of happiness in marriage, as well as everlasting romantic love. In Daoism, butterflies are associated with dream-like reflection and the freedom of the soul.

Age: 19thc

Size: Approx 24 cm tall.

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A 19thc Blue And White 100 Butterfly Meiping

A Robin’s Egg Glaze Scholars Rock

A Robin’s Egg Glaze Scholars Rock

Description: It is finely potted in the form of a naturalistic scholar’s rock of irregular and pierced form, covered overall in a rich Robins Egg glaze. The flat base is unglazed.

Note! Robin’s egg glaze first appeared during the Yongzheng reign, as a re-interpretation of the Song dynasty Jun wares and innovation of the Imperial kiln potters. It is known as lu Jun (furnace Jun) glaze in Chinese because it was fired in a furnace of lower temperature for the second time. For detailed discussion, refer to Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. II, London, 1994, p. 252.

Age: Most likely Qianlong but selling as late 18thc early 19thc

Size: Approx 20 cm tall.

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A Robin’s Egg Glaze Scholars Rock

A Yixing Meiping

A Yixing Meiping

A good Yixing meiping, the vase potted with very high shoulders, engraved with leafy bamboo branches and calligraphy. The body of a rich chocolate-brown colour.

Made in the 2nd month of the spring in Ji You Year

Official Seal of Yin Zhou

Age: 19thc

Size: Approx 22 cm tall.

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A Yixing Meiping