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Auction Description for Auctionata AG: 1184: Art Journey: China
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A preview at Auctionata is only possible by prior appointment. Contact: Tel: +49 30 9832 0222, E-mail: preview@auctionata.com Auction Location: Havelstudios Havelchaussee 161, 14055 Berlin, Germany
Sale Notes:
Take a trip to Beijing and beyond in this exploration of Chinese art. The live shopping show features highlights such as a bronze ritual wine container, known as a 'You', from the Eastern Zhou dynasty (1122-256 BC); an earthenware figure of a standing fisherman, from the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD); and an exceptional cast iron head of a Buddha, from the Song dynasty (960 AD - 1279 AD).

1184: Art Journey: China (105 Lots)

by Auctionata AG


105 lots with images

22 October 2016

Live Auction

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Bronze Ewer in Archaic Style

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Description: Bronze with patinaChina, in the style of archaic ritual bronzesBird-shaped ewer with lid, the exterior with archaic relief décorHeight: c. 33 cmGood condition, consistent with ageCondition:The bronze is in good condition of wear consistent with age. The height measures c. 33 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Vessel GUI, Spring and Autumn Period, 7th-5th C. BC

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Description: Bronze with strong greenish blue patinaChina, Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (7th-5th century BC)Bulbous ritual vessel GUIOn a circular, constricted footBelow the mouth rim a wide border in relief with stylized mythical creatures on profiled ring bandsSculpturally handles in the shape of horned mythical creatures flank the sidesWeight: 1.4 kgHeight: 9 cmDiameter: 14.5 cmGood condition Similar GUI vessels of the Spring and Autumn period are found in the National Museum of China and in the Henan Museum.Literature: Cf. Bernhard Karlgren/ J. Wirgin, Chinese Bronzes in the Natanael Wessén Collection, Stockholm 1969, p. 52f.Condition:The bronze vessel is in good condition for its age and shows a striking, authentic patina. The edge shows an old restoration The height measures 9 cm and the diameter is 14.5 cm.GUIThe GUI vessel was used for the storage of food and has the form of a deep kettle with a width foot rim. On the sides opposing handles, mostly designed in the shape of animal, are visible. Pieces without handles have been cast mainly in the 12th/11th centuries. Since the 9th century the GUI is preferably provided with a square base, which was frequently cast as a one piece with the vessel.Chinese BronzesThe Bronze Age in China began with the Shang Dynasty when elaborate objects, including many ritual vessels, were crafted. Shang bronzesmiths usually worked in foundries outside the cities to make ritual vessels, and sometimes weapons and chariot fittings. The bronze vessels were receptacles for storing or serving various solids and liquids used during sacred ceremonies. The most popular shapes include the HU, the JUE, the DING and the very rare ZHI form. It is typical of the developed Shang style that all available space is decorated, most often with stylized forms of real and imaginary animals. The most common motif is the taotie, which shows a mask with a frontal, bilaterally symmetrical design. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Vessel HU with Cover, Style of Eastern Zhou Dynasty

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Description: BronzeChina, in the style of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 256 BC)Bulbous body on a square base with animal-shaped feet, dragon-shaped handles, the lid with convex lattice-like elementsThe exterior decorated with archaic motifs in reliefHeight: c. 32 cmGood condition consistent with ageProvenance: old French private collection Condition:The vessel is in good condition with wear consistent with age. Partly loss of material at the base and the feet. The height is c. 32 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Vessel DING with Cover, Late Zhou-Dynasty

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Description: BronzeChina, presumably late Zhou dynasty (c. 6th/5th century BC)Bulbous vessel on three fine cabriole legs The exterior is decorated with bands of scroll elements and two opposing u-shaped handlesSlightly domed cover with stylized ring finialsThe surface with a blackish green lacquer patina and partly earth colored encrustationsTotal height: c. 16 cmCondition consistent with ageCf. two similar vessels DING with cover in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (accession no. 13.100.6a, b; 1988.20.6a, b).Condition:The vessel DING is in good condition with wear consistent with age. Very small holes in the base and slight loss of material at the edge of the cover is visible. The total height measures c. 16 cm.DINGDING describes the shape of a Chinese vessel with three legs. The oldest vessels of this type date back to the Shang Dynasty. Even rarer are rectangular DING vessels with four legs, called FANGDING (方鼎). Originally DING were ritual vessels symbolizing the social status of its owner. In addition, they were used for offerings and the preparation of meat dishes. The building of the Shanghai Museum has the shape of a DING, for its design was inspired by the important vessel Da Ke Ding, which is now exhibited in the museum. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Vessel of DUI Type, Style of the Zhou Dynasty

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Description: BronzeChina, stlye of the Zhou dynasty (1027-256 v. Chr.)Globular vessel with lidEach with 2 ring handles and 3 feet in the form of mystical figuresThe exterior decorated with inscriptions, ornamental birds and stylized cicadas in reliefHeight: 44.5 cm; circumference: 92 cmGood conditionCondition:The vessel is in a good condition according to age, showing typical malachite incrustations and corrosion marks. One foot has been glued. The height is 44.5 cm, and the circumference is 92 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Wine Container YOU with a Cylindrical Body, Zhou

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Description: Bronze China, presumably Eastern Zhou dynasty (1122-256 BC)Container with a cylindrical body and matching coverThe wall decorated with archaic elements such as horned taotie masks in reliefHorseshoe shaped handle, attached on the sides and ending in heads of mystical beastsThe surface partly with a malachite green patinaHeight without handle: c. 30 cmGood condition consistent with ageProvenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967A very similar bronze vessel YOU is in the collection of the Shanghai Museum. It was part of the exhibition “Treasures from Shanghai. Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades“ in the British Museum, London, 2009. Cf. Rawson (ed.), Treasures from Shanghai, exhib.cat., London 2009. Cf. also another bronze wine container YOU in the Baoji Bronze Ware Museum.Condition:The container is in good condition with wear consistent with age such as minimal loss of material here and there. The height without handle is c. 30 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Vessel ZUN and Cover with Bird Finial on Bear Feet, Han

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Description: BronzeChina, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Cylindrical body on three figural bear feetSurmounted by a conical cover with a large finial in the shape of a birdThe exterior is decorated with revolving profiled elements and the cover features a geometric pattern in reliefThe surface with a malachite green patinaHeight: c. 34 cmGood condition consistent with ageProvenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Condition:The bronze is in good condition of wear consistent with age. Small holes in the base are visible. The height measures c. 34 cm.ZUNThe ZUN is a vessel type which has the shape of a large, wide cup with a bulbous center part and a wide mouth and foot. The ZUN is reminiscent in its shape to a wide and smaller KU and vessels in the form of various animal are also known as ZUN. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Metal-Inlaid Bronze Ritual Vessel FANGHU and Cover, Han Dynasty

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Description: Bronze, metal inlaysChina, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Faceted pear-shaped body raised on a slightly flared footAccentuated shoulder with a rectangular neck and matching coverThe four corners with small projecting pierced flanges in the shape of dragonsThe concave cover with four pendant dragon ornaments at the cornersThe exterior decorated with stylized figural scenesThe neck with inscription on all sidesThe surface with a blackish green lacquer patina Height: c. 39 cmCondition consistent with ageProvenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Condition:The jar is in good condition with wear consistent with age. Small material losses to the edges. The height measures c. 39 cm.HUThe vessel type HU was originally used as a wine container and appears in many variations and modifications. Examples with a squared section are usually referred to as FANGHU. The HU has usually a bulbous, vase-shaped lower part surmounted by a tapering neck. The vessel can be carried by the two ring handles on the sides, which sometimes have the shape of animals. The cover of the vase was also used as a vessel. Since the 5th century metal inlays decorating the exterior were particularly common. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Vessel Hu with Buffalo Figure, China,  Han Style

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Description: Bronze with patinaChina, in the style of the Han dynastie (206 BC-220 AD)Ritual vessel in shape of a gourd with openings and crowned by a buffalo figureHeight: c. 35.5 cmGood condition, consistent with ageCondition:The bronze is in a good condition of wear consistent with age. The height measures c. 35.5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Ceramic Vase with Archaic Décor, Style of the Han Dynasty

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Description: Stoneware with dark brown and reddishpaintingChina, style of the Han dynastyBulbous body with prominent shoulder with applied relief décor of a bearded headHeight: 22.8 cmGood conditionCondition:The vase is in good condition. The surface is partially rubbed and shows scattered scratches, bumping markse. The height measures 22.8 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Vase HU with Metal Inlays and Dragon Handle, Han

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Description: Bronze, metal inlaysChina, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)Bulbous shaped body on a circular, high foot rimGarlic-shaped neck with inside directed mouth rimThe shoulder with two ring eyelets with a handle with two dragon headsThe wall embellished with revolving bands of metal inlaysThe surface with a brownish green patinaThis bronze is coated with a wax layer, which serves as protection and should slow down the corrosion process.Height: c. 24.5 cmGood condition consistent with ageCondition:The bronze is in good condition with usual signs of wear consistent with age. The height is c. 24,5 cm.HUThe vessel type HU was originally used as a wine container and appears in many variations and modifications. Examples with a squared section are usually referred to as FANGHU. The HU has usually a bulbous, vase-shaped lower part surmounted by a tapering neck. The vessel can be carried by the two ring handles on the sides, which sometimes have the shape of animals. The cover of the vase was also used as a vessel. Since the 5th century metal inlays decorating the exterior were particularly common. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Metal-Inlaid Bronze Vase HU and Cover, Han Dynasty

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Description: Bronze, metal inlaysChina, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Bulbous pear-shaped body on a circular foot rimFlared neck surmounted by a matching cover with stylized bird ring finials The side with taotie masks holding ring handlesThe exterior embellished with a richly detailed archaic pattern and depiction of animalsThe surface with a brownish-black patinaHeight: c. 30 cmGood condition consistent with ageProvenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967ConditionThe bronze is in good condition with wear consistent with age with small holes in the wall. The height is c. 30 cm.HUThe vessel type HU was originally used as a wine container and appears in many variations and modifications. The HU has usually a bulbous, vase-shaped lower part and a neck which tapers generally upwards. The vessel can be carried by the two ring eyelets on the sides and if a cover is availible, it was also used as a vessel. The handles can also have the shape of animals and since the 5th century metal deposits as a decoration on the wall were very popular. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Earthenware Figure of a Standing Fisherman, Traces of Pigments, Han Dynasty

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Description: TerracottaChina, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)Figure of a standing fisherman with hat, holding different attributes like a rope and a vessel in his hands, carefree facial expression, his garments executed in naturalistic styleRemovable head originally not part of the figureThe accompanying thermoluminescence certificate of the Oxford Authentification Ltd. is consistent with the dating of this lot (test no.C108e53)Height: c. 100 cmGood conditionObject is regular taxed. 19% VAT is added to the purchase price for deliveries within the EU.Condition:The figure is in good condition with usual signs of age and wear. Small holes and surface wear. The height is c. 100 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Terracotta Head of a Horse in the Style of the Han Dynasty

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Description: Terracotta with traces of red cold paint China, in the style of the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)Head of a Horse with flaring nostrilsMounted on an acrylic glass standHeight of the head: c. 25 cm; total height: 35 cmGood, age related conditionCondition:The ceramic is in good condition for its age with usual signs of use. The surface is rubbed and partly minimal material loss is visible. The height of the head measures c. 25 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Horse with Green Lead Glaze, Style of the Tang Dynasty

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Description: Ceramics with green lead glaze China, in the style of the Tang dynasty (618-907)Horse with fine bridle and raised head, standing on a rectangular baseAll around with fine craquelureHeight: c. 48 cmGood conditionCondition:The ceramic is in good condition with usual, slight signs of age and usage. Partly small chips and color wear. The height measures c. 48 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Mirror with Tendrils and Animal Depictions, Tang Style

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Description: Patinated bronze China, style of the Tang dynasty (618-906)Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Circular mirror with a tendril embellished edgeCentral knob finial surrounded by a detailed relief decoration with animal depictions and four smaller semi spherical knobsSurrounded by two bordersThe surface with a black-green lacquer patinaDiameter: c. 18.5 cmGood condition consistent with ageProvenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967ConditionThe mirror is in good condition of wear consistent with age. The diameter is c. 18.5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Large Stone Head of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, Tang Dynasty

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Description: StoneChina, Tang dynasty (618-907)Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Depiction of Guanyin with a meditative expressionThe half-closed eyes and the slightly smiling, full mouth are finely carvedThe fine hair is hidden under an ornate headdress, which is decorated with three floral medallionsMounted on a black base (later)Height: c. 43 cmGood condition consistent with ageProvenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Condition:The stone head is in good condition with wear consistent with age such as usual traces of weathering and some losses to the headdress. The height is c. 43 cm.GuanyinGuanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, counts among the most venerated figures in Buddhism and is highly respected in Asian cultures. Initially a male figure, over the centuries it transformed into a maternal goddess with wondrous healing powers, bestowing solace and luck. As a bodhisattva, Guanyin denied herself entrance into nirvana when she heard the laments of the mortals and helpfully returned to earth. Her name translates to ‘observer of the cries of the world’. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Large Stone Head of a Dignitary with Headdress, Tang/Liao Dyn.

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Description: StoneChina, Tang (618-907)/Liao dynasty (916-1125)Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Depiction of a male dignitary with a friendly expressionThe almond-shaped eyes with accentuated pupils and slightly smiling, full mouth as well as the delicate nose are finely carvedA richly decorated floral headdress with curved elements adorns the headMounted on a black base (later)Height: c. 47 cmGood age related conditionProvenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967.A stone head of an official is extremely rare in this size and the present example is presumably a depiction of a deity in official guise. In its execution the head is similar to faces of officials in the grave of Zhang Shiqing in Xuanhua in Hebei Province, illustrated in Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China‘s Liao Empire (907-1125), Asia Society, New York 2006, pp. 260, 338 and 340, figs. 102, 115 and 116.Condition:The stone head is in good condition with wear consistent with age. Some losses, e.g. to the ears and chin. The height is c. 47 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Horse with Musician, Sancai and Blue Glaze, Style of the Tang

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Description: Terracotta with Sancai and blue glazeChina, in the style of the Tang dynasty (618-907)Standing horse with fine bridle on a rectangular base, on its back a musicianAll around with fine craquelureHeight: c. 32 cmGood condition, consistent with ageCondition:The ceramic is in a good condition, consistent with age and wear. The head of the figure has been affixed. The height measures c. 32 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty

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Description: Cast iron China, Song dynasty (960-1279) Serene expression with characteristic meditative traits Forehead with ‘third eye’ as a sign of enlightenment Period style scholar’s headdressFinely worked details On a white wooden base (later) Height (without stand): 17.5 cm Good condition Provenance: Private collection M.E., USA; Michael Fiorello, Philadelphia, USAThe Song dynasty is considered a golden age of inventions and industrial development. During this period the steel industry in particular was flourishing. Large foundries produced huge amounts of iron and steel. Consequently, this material also found its use in the art and crafts promoting the creation of exceptional Buddhist statues. To this day, preserved pieces such as the present Buddha head are rare, mostly of museum quality and thus highly sought after by collectors.Condition: The head is in good condition with wear consistent with age. The top of the head shows two casting holes (diameter approx. 2 cm). The height without stand is 17.5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Two Temmoku Tea Bowls with 'Oil Spot' Glaze, Jian Ware

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Description: Stoneware with black glazeChina, style of the Jian ware of the Song dynasty (960-1279)Both bowls of conical shape with straight foot ringInside and outside silvery 'oil spots'Height: 7/7.3 cm; Diameter: 12.2/12.9 cmGood conditionCondition:The tea bowls are in a good condition. The glaze of one bowl shows a minor loose in the area of the well. Some slight manufacture flaws. The heights measure 7 cm and 7.3 cm. The diameters of 12.2 and 12.9 cm. One bowl with smaller restoration. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Celadon Bowl with Anhua Décor, Pres. Song Dynasty

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Description: Eartenware with engobe and olive green celadon glazeChina, wohl Song Dynastie (960-1279)Deep conical shaped bowl with low foot ring and slightly pronounced rimThe interior with floral anhua décorHeight: 7,4 cm; Diametre: 19,3 cmGood age-related condition Condition:The bowl is in good age-related condition, with partial manufacture flaws. The rim shows a chip. The glaze with usual scratches. The height measures 7.4 cm. The diameter of 19.3 cm.CeladonCeladon is a term for a greenish glaze of Chinese stoneware. The color reaches from a bright grass green tone to a deep dark olive green or bluish color. Celadon pieces are extremely popular in Asia, because the color is reminiscent of jade. The typical color is created by the reduction of ferrous oxide in the feldspar glaze during firing. The name ‘celadon’ was derived from the hero of the novel L’Astrée by Honoré d’Urfé from 1610. The shepherd was named Celadon and was wearing a matt green robe, which coined the term.An hua décorAn hua, termed a ‘veiled’ décor-technique, where uncolored motifs are perceptible as impressions, under a translucent glaze. The décor is applied on the body by carving, incising or impressing before the glazing and firing. As a dominant décor it can be found on Song dynasty Ding, Xing and Qingbai wears, which are characterized by a bluish glaze. During the early Ming period the décor were extraordinary popularity, arguably because Yongle, the most important emperor of the Ming dynasty, appreciate very much this form of decoration. Filigree lines and patterns were a characteristic of ceramics around the 1640s. The An hua technique was revived in the first half of the 18th century, in cut and pressed rims. (bde) Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Yaozhou Bowl with Ornamental Chrysanthemum Decoration, Song

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Description: Ceramic with celadon-colored glazeChina, Song Dynasty (960-1279) Small tea cup with impressed mold decoration in the manner of Yaozhou ware Conical shape on a narrow foot rim Interior with finely molded decoration of floral scrolls with chrysanthemums The center with radial flower ornament Diameter: 10.5 cm Height: 4.5 cm Good condition Provenance: Private collection M.E., USA; Norman Hurst, Boston, USAYaozhou WareYaozhou is a type of Song ‘greenware’, also known as ‘Northern celadon’. The Yaozhou kilns were among the most famous ‘celadon’ kilns in China and flourished during the Northern Song Dynasty. Yaozhou ware is characterized by a slightly translucent olive green glaze over a light gray body. Typical vessels of Yaozhou celadon porcelain were green glazed bowls, plates, saucers, glasses, vases, small bottles and cups, which were decorated with dragons, phoenixes or floral patterns. The decoration was usually incised or impressed.Condition:The bowl is in good condition with light signs of age and partially manufacturing flaws and traces of fly ash to the glaze. The diameter is 10.5 cm and height is 4.5 cm here. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Baluster Vase in the Style of the Cizhou Ware, China

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Description: Ceramic with fine craqueled slip and iron oxid painting under transparent glazeChina, in the style of the Cizhou stonewareBaluster-shaped vase with broad stand and flaring neckThe exterior decorated with floral design in iron oxid paintingUnderside with an inventory numberHeight: 24 cmGood, age-related conditionCondition:The vase is in good condition with a only slight signs of age and use. Partly little color wear can be seen. The height measures 24 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Qingbai-Glazed Bowl and Cover, Lanceolate Leaves, Yuan Style

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Description: Porcelain with Qingbai glazeChina, in the style of the Qingbai ware of the Yuan dynasty (1260-1368)Small bowl and cover with cut design of Chrysanthemum lanceolate leavesThe stalk-shaped knob on top of the lidTotal height: 11 cmGood conditionCondition:The bowl and cover are in a good condition with slight signs of age and wear. Small chips at the mouth rim and at the base as well as revolving manufacturing flaw. The total height measures 11 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Small Celadon CONG Vase, early Ming Dynasty

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Description: Porcelain with olive green, celadon colored glazeChina, early Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Square body on high base and a straight, thickened neckEach corner carved with six raised horizontal bands With wooden stand (later)Height of the vase: 14 cmGood conditionObject is regular taxed. 19% VAT is added to the purchase price for deliveries within the EU.Condition:The vase is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear. A chip on the side. The height of the vase measures 14 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Celadon Warming Dish with Delicate Anhua Decoration, Ming

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Description: Ceramic with celadon crackled glaze China, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Deep bowl with a cavity on the base, used for heating food Incised decoration with floral scrolls and ornaments under the dense glaze (anhua)Dimensions: 7.5 x 14.5 cm Good condition Provenance: Private collection M.E., USA; Norman Hurst, Boston, USACondition:The warming dish is in very condition with hardly any signs of age and wear. Small manufacturing flaws are visible. The height measures 7.5 and the outer diameter is 14.5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Jade Spoon with Bamboo-Shaped Handle, Ming Dynasty

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Description: Greenish-white jade with brown inclusions China, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Large spoon with a short handle Handle in naturalistic shape of a bamboo stick The stone with delicate color and good translucency High-quality carvingLength: 11.5 cm Provenance: Private collection M.E., USA; Lilias Barger, USA Condition:The spoon is in good condition with light signs of age. The edge of the bowl shows a tiny nick. The length is 11.5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Large Sandstone Head of an Immortal, Ming Dynasty

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Description: SandstoneChina, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967Depiction of an immortalHighly detailed facial expressions with a gentle smileRound eyes with inlays (later)An elaborate headdress with curved elements adorns the headThe wrinkled forehead and the laugh winkles around the mouth are precisely carvedMounted on a baseHeight: c. 47 cmGood condition consistent with ageProvenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967ConditionThe head is in good condition with wear consistent with age. Chips to the left ear and traces around the eyes caused by the insertion of the inlays. The height is c. 47 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Stone Figure of Seated Buddha Shakyamuni, Ming Dynasty

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Description: StoneChina, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Depiction of Buddha Shakyamuni, seated in padmasana position on a lotus flower throne. The right arm missing, the left hand resting on the knee. Numerous small curls with a dome-shaped ushnishaWell-proportioned, meditative facial expression with full lipsBuddha is dressed in a richly draped robeLater black-colored pedestalHeight without base: c. 33 cmGood condition consistent with ageCondition:The figure is in good condition of wear consistent with age. Loss of material at the lotus throne, right arm and shoulder. Height of the figure c. 33 cm.Buddha Shakyamuni (Siddhartha Gautama)The historical Buddha Shakyamuni ("Sage of the Shakya clan") was born as a prince in modern Nepal. At the age of 28 he decided to "went forth", that is to say leaving behind his worldly boundaries, and became a mendicant searching for insight into the way of overcoming human suffering as part of the cycle of rebirth. After his awakening under the Bodhi Tree ("Tree of Enlightement") he by preaching his First Sermon set in motion the "Wheel of Law", consisting of the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths. As Buddha ("The Enlightened One") he journeyed preaching through India until his Nirvana ("Blowing out"). His teachings gave rise to the various historical schools of Buddhism. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Figure of a Bodhisattva Guanyin, Ming

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Description: Bronze with dark patina, traces of former color painting and giltChina, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva Guanyi in padmasana positionThe right hand performing the vitarkamudra, the left hand placed on the right footThe head adorned with an elaborate crown with a small figure of Buddha Amitabha in the centerMeditative facial expression with an indicated smile and downcast eyes The bodhisattva wears princely garment and jewelryDimensions: c. 21 x 13 x 13 cmGood condition consistent with ageObject is regular taxed. 19% VAT is added to the purchase price for deliveries within the EU.Condition:The figure is in good condition with usual, age related signs of wear. The middle finger of the left hand is restored and the tip of the left thumb is missing. Minimal loss of material at the lower edge. The height measures 21 cm, the width and the depth c. 13 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Rare Bronze Figure of a Taoist Deity ‘Wenchang Dijun’, Ming

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Description: Bronze, gilt and partly with lacquered colorChina, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Depicted is a Taoist deityGod of culture and literature ‘Wenchang Dijun’ 文昌 帝君 seated on a throneWith a tablet in the raised handsThe head is adorned with a detailed headdressGraceful, strong facial expressionsDressed in a long, richly pleated garment with ornate hemsOn a wooden base (later)Sealed baseHeight of figure: 28.5 cm.Good conditionCondition:The bronze is in good condition for its age with usual signs of use such as gold and color wear. Loss of material on the back and at the lower edge. The height of the figure measures 28.5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bronze Figure of a Seated Daoist Deity, Ming Dynasty

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Description: Bronze with dark patina, traces of a former gold lacqueringChina, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Bronze figure of a seated Daoist deity with capThe right hand hidden below the long sleeve of the flowing robe, the left hand holding a double gourd, benevolent facial expression with an indicated smile and downcast eyesWith a wooden pedestal (later)Height: c. 29 cmGood condition, consistent with ageProvenance: private Netherlandish collectionConditon:The figure is in good condition with usual signs of usage, consistent with age. Partly small scratch marks, lacquer wear, small holes and little loss of material at the edges. The height measures c. 29 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Large Ming Style Blue-and-White Plate, China, 19th/20th C.

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Description: Porcelain with underglaze blue paintingChina, 19th/20th century, style of early MIng porcelains Large shallow plate with petal-shaped rimStrong underglaze blue painting of Sanskrit charactersWith boxHeight: 6.2 cm; diameter: 41.2 cmGood conditionCondition:The plate is in good condition. Minimal scratches can be found in places. The rim is slightly rubbed. Partially slight manufacture flaws. The height is 6.2 cm. The diameter of 41.2 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Cloisonné Stem Cup with Gold Fishes and Dragons, China, 17th C.

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Description: Polychrome cloisonné enamels on copper bodyChina, 17th centuryStem cup with décor on the exterior of dragons with wish-granting jewels on a blue ground, the inside decorated with goldfishes between water plants, the stem adorned with lotus plants above stylized wavesHeight: 12 cmGood condition, consistent with age Provenance: private collection in Northern GermanyCondition:The stem-cup is in good condition, consistent with age and usage. Extensive enamel wear, nicks and usual manufacturing flaws. The height measures c. 12 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Pair of ‘Yokeback’ Armchairs, Qing Dynasty

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Description: HartholzChina, Qing dynastyTypical ‘yoke back’ form with slightly curved back splat Sweeping round bars forming the armrestSolid square seat rests upon square legs with plain aprons on the frontThe wood with fine grain and of natural yellowish brown color Dynamic design due to a combination of round and angular elements Dimensions: 110 x 62.5 x 47.5 cmGood restored conditionProvenance: Private collection, GermanyCondition: The chairs are in good restored condition. The dimensions are 110 x 62.5 x 47.5 cm (height x length x width). Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Large Hardwood Storage Chest, China, 17th C.

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Description: Hardwood and pres. partly Huanghuali, brassChina, 17th century The lid can be held by two props that are swung out from the inside of the chestThe inside has been reinforced and lined with red Qing dynastywallpaper, bearing fine ornamentationOrnamented handles to either sideOriginal fittingsTwo locks and one keyBeautiful patinaDimensions: 151.5 cm Width x 75 cm Height x 70 cm DepthCondition: see condition reportCondition:This rare chest is in good condition consistent with age. Small notches and scratches give proof to the chest’s great age. A small area on the lid’s border has been restored. The chest has two locks, one key is at hand. The paper inside shows visible traces of use. Smaller parts have been added later. The dimensions are: 151.5 cm width x 75 cm height x 70 cm depth. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Box, Garden Scene, China, 17th/18th C.

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Description: Dark red lacquer on a metal core, black lacquer insideChina, late 17th/early 18th centuryCircular box with lid on a narrow base rimThe surface of the cover with a design of scholars and servants in a garden, framed by a meander border, background executed with tiny diaper patternsThe sides of cover and box embellished with flowers and auspicious Buddhist motifs on a diaper patterned groundHighly skillfull carved lacquer work with stylistic features of the late Ming, but already pointing to the crisp and accurate technical carving of the Qing dynastyDimensions: 10 x 21 cmGood conditionProvenance: former collection of J. P Reeves, British diplomatic corps in Macao (1933-1949); thence by descentObject is regular taxed. 19% VAT is added to the purchase price for deliveries within the EU.Condition: The lacquer box is in very good condition with wear consistent with age. Loss of material, nicks and slight surface fissures here and there are visible. The height is 10 cm and the diameter measures 21 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Small Blue and White Vase with Playing Boys, 17th/18th C.

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Description: Porcelain with underglaze blue paintingChina, 17th/18th centuryBulbous body on a slightly increased base rimLow cylindrical neck The wall contrasted by a landscape scenery with playing boysHeight: 15.4 cmGood conditionCondition:The jar is in good condition. Small, partial slightly soiled scratches can be found on the wall. Manufactory flaws on the base and the inner wall. The height of 15.4 cm.Blue and White StyleBlue and white porcelain had its golden age in the Chinese Ming dynasty (1368-1644), but it is believed that this type of porcelain was first introduced in the Tang dynasty (618-906). The proverbial ‘Ming vase’ is still the epitome of the European idea of Chinese porcelain art. The blue color is achieved by a mixture of cobalt oxide and water, and is then painted onto the porcelain before glazing and firing. Afterwards it is coated with a transparent glaze. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Blue-and-White Plate with Auspicious Symbols, 19th C.

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Description: Porcelain with underglaze blue paintingChina, 19th centuryLarge plate with auspicious symbolsThe exterior with birds on branchesBase with six-character Wanli markHeight: 4.5 cm, diameter: ca. 23.5 cmVery good conditionCondition:The plate is in very good condition with usual signs of wear and small manufacturing flaws. The height measures c. 4.5 cm and the diameter is c. 23.5 cm Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Peach-shaped Water Dropper, Daoguang Mark & Period

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Description: Porcelain, with polychrome paintingChina, Daoguang Mark and Period (1821-1850)Peach-shaped vessel with an orifice in the sculptural modelled branchThe body contrasted revolving with peach motifs, Shou characters, bats and ribbonsBase with six-character Daoguang markHeight: 7.6 cmVery good conditionCondition:The water dropper is in very good condition. Minor manufactory flaws can be found at the base ring. The height of 7.6 cm.Peach The peach (桃 tao) is an important and very popular symbol in China, a sign of immortality in gods and longevity in humans. The most famous peaches of immortality can be found in the garden of the Taoist deity Xi Wangmu, the Queen Mother of the West. The latter is often accompanied by her two maids, the immortals Magu and He Xiangu, who also carry peaches with them. Moreover the god of longevity Lao Shouxing is also represented with a peach. In combination with a pomegranate and fingered citron (Buddha’s hand), the fruit symbolize the ‘Three Abundances’. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Set of 4 Richly Embellished Saucers, Guangxu or Later

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Description: Porcelain with polychrome overglaze painting or underglaze blue paintingPartly highlighted with goldChina, Guangxu period (1874-1908) or laterSome in Famille Rose or Jiangcai colorsFour small saucers on a narrow base with diverse figural scenes, the exteriors partly with floral ornament or mythical creaturesThree saucers with six-character Guangxu markOne saucers with six-character Qianlong markHeight: c. 3-4 cmDiameter: c. 13.5-17.5 cmGood conditionCondition:The saucers are in good condition with only slight signs of age and wear. Minimal manufacturing flaws, partly little gold and color wear and small chips. The height is c. 3-4 cm and each diameter measures c. 13.5-17.5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Blue-and-White Pilgrim Flask with 3 Necks, 19th/20th C.

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Description: Ceramic with underglaze blue paintingChina, 19.20. centuryIn form of a pilgrims flask with three short necksDecorated with dragons between waves and cloudsDimensions: 46 x 31.5 x 7,5 cmGood conditionCondition:The pilgrim flask is in good condition. Partial manufacture flaws and occasional white color residues. The dimensions of 46 x 31.5 x 7,5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Blue-and-White Long Neck Vase with Dragon, late 19th/20th C.

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Description: Porcelain with underglaze blue paintingChina, 20th centurySpherical body with cylindrical neck on a low base ringThe exterior decorated with a white dragon in low relief on blue ground with wavesHeight: 56.2 cm; diameter: 39 cmGood conditionCondition:The vase is in a good condition. Partial manufacture flaws and tape residues can be found. The exterior shows remnants of a wax seal. The height is 56.2 cm. The diameter of c. 39 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Bowl with Warrior Scene, Qianlong Mark, Republic

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Description: Porcelain with polychrome overglaze painting, partly highlighted with goldChina, Republic period (1911-1949)Deep bowl on a foot ringThe exterior decorated with narrative warrior scene on seaBase with six-character Qianlong mark in underglaze blueHeight: c. 8 cmDiameter: c. 16 cmGood conditionCondition:The bowl is in good condition with only slight signs of age and wear. Minimal manufacturing flaws as well as little gold and color wear in places. The height is c. 8 cm and the diameter measures c. 16 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Large Famille Rose Vase with Playing Boys, 19th/20th C.

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Description: Porcelain, with polychrome overglaze paintingChina, 19th/20th centuryBaluster-shaped vase with cover The exterior decorated with playing boy, auspicious motifs and lotus borderHeight: 45.3 cm, Diameter: c. 28.5 cmGood condition, consistent with ageCondition:The vase is in good condition, consistent with age. The painting of the neck is slightly rubbed in places. The inner wall and the edge of the cover are restored. Occasional small manufacture flaws. The height measures 45.3 cm. The diameter of c. 28.5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Pair of Famille Rose Wine Cups with Immortals, Republic

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Description: Porcelain with polychrome paintingChina, Republic period (1911-1949)Pair of deep bowls on a high, narrow base rim with sweeping mouth rimThe wall is adorned with immortals and servants in an idyllic garden settingBase with six-character Qianlong mark in underglaze blueHeight: c. 8 and 8.5 cmDiameter: c. 9 cmVery good conditionCondition:The cups are in very good condition with only slight signs of age and wear such as minimal manufacturing flaws. The height is c. 8 and 8.5 cm and each diameter measures c. 9 cm. Famille Rose 粉彩The term Famille Rose describes a specific sort of Chinese porcelain introduced in the 17th century. The name comes from the dominant pink and carmine color painting that is applied over the glaze. This type of porcelain is in China known as Yangcai 洋彩 ‘foreign color’. The painting of the Famille Rose used opaque enamel colors in contrast to the transparent colors of the Famille Verte. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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2 Famille Rose Bowls with Warriors and Immortals, Republic

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Description: Porcelain with polychrome overglaze painting, partly highlighted with goldChina, Republic period (1911-1949)Two deep conical shaped bowls on a high base rim The exterior adorned with narrative scene of figuresBase with six-character Daoguang and Qianlong mark respectively in iron redHeight: c. 7 and 8.5 cmDiameter: c. 14 and 15 cmGood conditionCondition:The bowls are in good condition with only slight signs of age and wear. Minimal manufacturing flaws as well as little gold and color wear in places. The height is c. 7 and 8.5 cm and each diameter measures c. 14 and 15 cm.Famille Rose 粉彩The term Famille Rose describes a specific sort of Chinese porcelain introduced in the 17th century. The name comes from the dominant pink and carmine color painting that is applied over the glaze. This type of porcelain is in China known as Yangcai 洋彩 ‘foreign color’. The painting of the Famille Rose used opaque enamel colors in contrast to the transparent colors of the Famille Verte. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Famille Rose Vase with Literary Scenes, China, Republic

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Description: Porcelain with polychrome paintingChina, Republic period (1912-1949)Baluster body with domed cover and pointed knobBoth sides of the wall with a large quatrefoil reserve of finely painted womenProbably a depiction of scenes from the famous novel “The Dream of the Red Chamber” (红楼梦)Finely decorated turquoise ground with foliage and large flowersShoulder with yellow and pink coloured border with Ruyi ornaments and lotus blossomsCover with similar decorationThe base with four-character Qianlong markHeight: 44,5 cmVery good conditionCondition:The vase is in a very good condition. The height measures 44,5 cm. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Pair of Baluster Vases with Famille Rose Décor, China, Republic

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Description: Porcelain with polychrome paintingChina, Republic period (1912-1949)Pair of baluster-shaped bodies on an increased base rimNarrow neck with elephant-head handles and slightly flared mouthThe wall contrasted by revolving figure scenes, embedded in a landscapeThe lower body, shoulder and mouth with revolving bordersThe neck with ruyi borders tendrils and peonies, on a yellow groundSix-character Qianlong markHeight: 34 cmGood conditionCondition:The vases are in good condition. The painting is minimal rubbed in places, the mouth with slight traces of wear. The height measures 34 cm each.Famille Rose 粉彩The term Famille Rose describes a specific sort of Chinese porcelain introduced in the 17th century. The name comes from the dominant pink and carmine color painting that is applied over the glaze. This type of porcelain is in China known as Yangcai 洋彩 ‘foreign color’. The painting of the Famille Rose used opaque enamel colors in contrast to the transparent colors of the Famille Verte. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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