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Auction Description for Mossgreen Auctions: SG008 - Fine Chinese Works Of Art & Ceramics (Part II)
Auction Description:
Melbourne Viewing Location:Mossgreen926-930 High StreetArmadale, VIC 3143 Melbourne Viewing Time (s):Friday 21 October, 10am-5pmSaturday 22 October, 10am-5pmSunday 23 October, 10am-5pm London Viewing Location: (Selected highlights)The Beaumont Hotel8 Balderton StreetBrown Hart GardensLondon W1K 6TF London Viewing Time (s): (Selected highlights)Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 November (by appointment)paul.sumner@mossgreen.com.au Hong Kong Viewing Location: (Selected highlights)The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong5 Connaught Rd CentralCentral, Hong Kong Hong Kong Viewing Time (s): (Selected highlights)Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 November (by appointment)ray.tregaskis@mossgreen.com.au Sydney Viewing Location:Mossgreen36-40 Queen StreetWoollahra NSW 2025 Sydney Viewing Time (s):Friday 9 December 10am–5pmSaturday 10 December 11am–5pmSunday 11 December 10am–5pmMonday 12 December 10am–5pm Auction Location:Mossgreen36-40 Queen StreetWoollahra NSW 2025 Auction Time (s):Monday 12 December 2016Time: 6.30pm

SG008 - Fine Chinese Works Of Art & Ceramics (Part II) (63 Lots)

by Mossgreen Auctions


63 lots with images

December 12, 2016

Live Auction

Woolahra, Australia

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A PIERCED WHITE JADE LOTUS-FORM PARFUMIER, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A PIERCED WHITE JADE LOTUS-FORM PARFUMIER, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY the fine openwork box with two “qilong” climbing around the sides of the domed cover, each section with lotus flowers surrounded by pierced foliage, the base supported on a narrow foot, 6 cm high, 11 cm long fitted zitan stand REFERENCE: for two openwork boxes carved in similar style, see James Watt, Chinese Jades from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Washington, 1989, no. 86 & 89 PROVENANCE: Private Sydney Collection, acquired in Hong Kong between 1950-1970 and passed down through descent 清 十八世紀 白玉鏤空蓋盒 源流: 悉尼私人珍藏,1950-1970年間購於香港。  

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A BRONZE WEIGHT-WATER DROPPER, LATE MING TO EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

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Description: A BRONZE WEIGHT-WATER DROPPER, LATE MING TO EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY in the form of a recumbent hound, comfortable but alert, his tail curled up, original patina 9.5 cm long PROVENANCE: Estate of John Hilliard, UK, 1997 明晚至清早期 十七世紀 銅獵犬形水注 源流: John Hilliard舊藏,1997年購於英國

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A SMALL BRONZE SCROLL-WEIGHT, LATE MING DYNASTY, 16-17TH CENTURY

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Description: A SMALL BRONZE SCROLL-WEIGHT, LATE MING DYNASTY, 16-17TH CENTURY in the form of a boy playing a large drum, with obvious enjoyment, his eyes closed and wearing a broad smile, his costume tied in a loop on the back of his shoulder, the high points and base with a golden patina 4.9cm high; 5.9cm wide REFERENCE: see Sotheby’s HK, Scholarly Art 111, 8/4/2013, lot 161 for a very similar example; also; Sotheby’s HK, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, 23/10/2005, lot 43 for a very similar example PROVENANCE: acquired in 2002 明晚期 十六至十七世紀 小銅畫軸鎮 源流: 購於2002年

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A BOXWOOD FIGURE OF LIU HAI, QING DYNASTY, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A BOXWOOD FIGURE OF LIU HAI, QING DYNASTY, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY the cheerful immortal wearing his hair in long plaits, his arms crossed inside a pleated robe that is swept across his shoulders, a toad clinging to the upper end, with one leg supported on a pair of peaches attached to the robe where it is tied below the waist, lovely chestnut brown patina 11.9 cm high PROVENANCE: From A Private Australian Collection, Consolidated Auctions, Sydney, 1979 清 十八世紀 黃楊木雕劉海 源流: 澳洲私人珍藏,1979年於悉尼拍賣行競得

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A ZITAN INK CAKE STAND, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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Description: A ZITAN INK CAKE STAND, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795) finely carved in the form of an open leaf, the edges curling inward, the stem forming a natural handle, supported on smaller leafy fruiting branches under the base, the dark timber finely flecked 10.2 cm long; 6 cm wide REFERENCE: Sotheby's HK, “Water, Pine and Stone Retreat, Playthings”, 2/6/2016, cat no 117 shows a small zitan shaped tray, 12.1 cm PROVENANCE: KY Fine Art, Hong Kong, from a private collection 乾隆 紫檀墨床 源流: 購於香港繼遠古美術, 私人藏家舊藏    

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A FINE SMALL OVOID GOLD-SPLASHED BRONZE VASE, XUANDE MARK, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A FINE SMALL OVOID GOLD-SPLASHED BRONZE VASE, XUANDE MARK, EARLY 18TH CENTURY elegantly proportioned, with looped animal-mask handles, covered in a warm brown patina 9cm high PROVENANCE: F. W. Bodor Collection(before 1980) and passed down by descent 清早期 十八世紀 宣德款小銅花瓶 源流: 1980年以前F. W. Bodor舊藏

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A RARE SMALL GILT-BRONZE SEAL/WEIGHT, LATE MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY

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Description: A RARE SMALL GILT-BRONZE SEAL/WEIGHT, LATE MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY heavily cast in the form of a snarling Buddhist Lion wearing a bell, one paw resting on a ball, atop a square recessed platform, each side with a dorje in low relief between Buddhist symbols 5.5 cm high, 3.2 cm square PROVENANCE: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 20/5/1987, Lot 632 明晚期 十六至十七世紀 銅鎏金獅鈕印章/紙鎮 源流: 購於蘇富比香港,1987年5月20日,拍品編號:632

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A PAIR OF BURLWOOD PLAQUES, QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY

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Description: A PAIR OF BURLWOOD PLAQUES, QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY each one carved and applied in relief with precious archaic vessels (“ZUN”), and each vessel named and positioned on an elaborately carved burlwood stand, further inscriptions relate to the posterity of the Ya family, original infills to plaques, each plaque in an original hardwood frame 85 cm high, 52.3 cm wide and 84.5 cm high, 52.3 cm wide PROVENANCE: acquired in Hong Kong in the 1950-60’s and passed down by descent 清 十九世紀 癭木掛屏一對 源流: 二十世紀五十至六十年代購於香港    

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A SUPERBLY CARVED BAMBOO ROOT BRUSHPOT, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A SUPERBLY CARVED BAMBOO ROOT BRUSHPOT, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY   in the form of a hollow pine trunk, finely carved in the round with two cranes standing beside a pine tree under a gnarled branch, the bark of the tree with raised scales, a cluster of pine needles edging over the rim of the pot   11.5 cm high   *the subject of pine (song) and cranes (he) is a rebus, songhe changchun (may you stay young forever)   REFERENCE: see Appreciation of Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Horn, Tianan, 1995, plate 30 for a similar example in the Nanjing Museum; also for two brushpots in the same style attributed to the 17th century, see Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part 1, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1982, cat. no. 4 & 5 and part 11, no. 5; also; see Sotheby’s HK, The Robert Blumenfield Collection of Chinese Bamboo Carvings 7/4/2015, lot 3054 for a very similar example from Sydney L. Moss, London   PROVENANCE:   acquired by a private collector in Hong Kong in the 1950s-1960s and passed on by descent   清 十八世紀 竹根雕筆筒 源流: 二十世紀五六十年代購於香港  

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A VERY FINE CHINESE LACQUER BRISÉ FAN QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY

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Description: A VERY FINE CHINESE LACQUER BRISÉ FAN QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY painted in gouache, with figures in a landscape on a red ground, the top of each stick decorated with animals and plants, guards with gilt decoration of dragons and phoenix mounted in a water gilded frame sticks: 19 cm long, overall 33 cm wide; frame: 36 cm high, 56 cm wide PROVENANCE: Gerard Hawthorne Oriental Art, London, 2002 Ray Mitchell Collection, Mossgreen, 16/11/2009, lot 103 清代 十八至十九世紀 漆扇 源流: 2002年倫敦Gerard Hawthorne東方藝術 購於慕仕閣Ray Mitchell專場拍賣,2009年11月16日,拍品編號:103

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A TIBETAN RITUAL WATER BOTTLE, MING DYNASTY AND LATER, 16TH AND LATER

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Description: A TIBETAN RITUAL WATER BOTTLE, MING DYNASTY AND LATER, 16TH AND LATER the Chinese silk and fine gold thread kesi cover with a front on Imperial dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl, mounted with a silver stopper and a woven cotton band attached to an amber bead for carrying 27 cm high, 24.5 cm wide PROVENANCE: Alex Biancardi Collection, Mossgreen 16/11/2009, lot 334 西藏 十六世紀或更晚 祭祀水壺 源流: 2009年11月16日購於慕仕閣,Alex Biancardi 專場拍賣,拍品編號:334

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A DAOIST POLYCHROME PAINTING OF IMMORTALS, MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY

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Description: A DAOIST POLYCHROME PAINTING OF IMMORTALS, MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY colour on fabric, each of the heavenly figures with a round halo and accompanied by attendants, a tiger seated at the base of the painting, old frame PROVENANCE: The Littleton-Tailor Collection, Grays Auction, Sydney, 1983 *the family travelled the world in the first half of the 20th century, collecting art and objects, mainly Chinese. The collection was sold in three parts in the early 1980s. 明代 十六至十七世紀 道教仙翁畫 源流: 1983年購於悉尼Grays拍賣行Littleton-Tailor專場拍賣

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A TIBETAN GOLD AND RED LACQUERED IMAGE OF WHITE TARA, EARLY QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A TIBETAN GOLD AND RED LACQUERED IMAGE OF WHITE TARA, EARLY QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY the Bodhisattva covered in jewels and necklaces, seated on a double-lotus throne in Padmasana, the right hand in Varada mudra, the left hand in Vitaka mudra, the red lacquered base sealed with a gold vizavajra 25 cm high *the style is evocative of the Kangxi period in China in the early 18th century REFERENCE: Christies NY, 13/9/2016, cat. no. 12172, lot 226 is a gold and red lacquer figure of Maitreya in very similar style PROVENANCE: from the collection of Robert Bleakley, former Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia 清早期 十八世紀 漢藏風格 木漆金白度母坐像 源流: 蘇富比澳洲區前主席 Robert Bleakley珍藏

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TWO RARE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL MINIATURE INCENSE BOXES, MING DYNASTY, PROBABLY EARLY 16TH CENTURY

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Description: TWO RARE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL MINIATURE INCENSE BOXES, MING DYNASTY, PROBABLY EARLY 16TH CENTURY each one decorated in pure Ming dynasty colours of red, white, green and yellow, with scrolling flower-heads on a blue ground, the interior and recessed base undecorated. 5 cm diameter and 4.5 cm diameter PROVENANCE: The Alex Biancardi Collection, Cito Cessna Parkam Place Gallery, Sydney 2007 明代 大約十六世紀早期 小景泰藍蓋盒兩個 源流: Alex Biancardi 舊藏 2007年購於悉尼Cito Cessna Parkam Place藝廊

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A TIBETAN BRONZE KADAM STUPA (CHORTEN), 13TH-15TH CENTURY

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Description: A TIBETAN BRONZE KADAM STUPA (CHORTEN), 13TH-15TH CENTURY the reliquary with a lotus bud finial with an even dark brown-black patina. 20.8 cm high REFERENCE: see Barbara Lipton, Treasures of Tibetan Art: Collections of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 1996, cat. no. 5, p. 46 for a similar example PROVENANCE: from the collection of Robert Bleakley, former Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia 西藏 十三至十五世紀 銅佛塔 源流: 蘇富比澳洲區前主席 Robert Bleakley珍藏

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A RARE TIBETAN PARCEL- GILT SILVER-INLAID WROUGHT- IRON PHURBA, CIRCA 16TH CENTURY

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Description: A RARE TIBETAN PARCEL- GILT SILVER-INLAID WROUGHT- IRON PHURBA, CIRCA 16TH CENTURY the central Vajra with slightly moveable prongs, the top with a gilt three-headed wrathful deity crowned with skulls, the blade with a three dimensional gilt Makara and slithering snakes 33 cm long *The Tibetan term “Phurba” has its origins in India where the ritual object is known in sanskrit as “Kila” 西藏 大約十六世紀 局部鎏金嵌銀金剛杵

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A FINE TIBETAN BRONZE DORJE, CIRCA 14TH CENTURY

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Description: A FINE TIBETAN BRONZE DORJE, CIRCA 14TH CENTURY the four-pronged double-Vajra finely cast, with traces of gilt overall 18 cm long PROVENANCE: R. & V. Tregaskis From the collection of Robert Bleakley, former Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia 西藏 十四世紀 銅金剛杵 源流: 購於R & V. Tregaskis 蘇富比澳洲區前主席 Robert Bleakley珍藏

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A RARE TIBETAN VALENCE (SCROLL) FOR A STUPA, PROBABLY 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A RARE TIBETAN VALENCE (SCROLL) FOR A STUPA, PROBABLY 18TH CENTURY mineral pigments on material, depicting the Seven Precious Gifts for a king (Cakravartin); the precious wheel of Buddhism, the precious Jewel (of wisdom), the precious Queen, the Minister, the Elephant; the Horse and the Military general. Between the gifts are place offering goddesses holding other auspicious items. 269 cm long, 21.5 wide PROVENANCE: Alex Biancardi Collection, Mossgreen 16/11/2009, lot 309 西藏 大約十八世紀 掛軸 源流: 購於慕仕閣Alex Biancardi專場拍賣,2009年11月16日,拍品編號:309

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A TIBETAN CEREMONIAL

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Description: A TIBETAN CEREMONIAL "CHAB SHUB”, 18TH CENTURY made from old Chinese brocaded silk, with a turquoise-inlaid gilt bronze stopper 36.5 cm long; 23.5 cm wide REFERENCE: see Barbara Lipton, Treasures of Tibetan Art: Collections of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 1996, cat. no. 133, p. 243 for a similar example PROVENANCE: Mossgreen, 16-17/11/2009, Alex Biancardi Collection, lot 421 From the collection of Robert Bleakley, former Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia 西藏 十八世紀 刺繡祭祀水壺 源流: 慕仕閣Alex Biancardi專場拍賣,2009年11月16至17日,拍品編號:421 蘇富比澳洲區前主席 Robert Bleakley珍藏

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A RARE TIBETAN RITUAL LAMA’S CANOPY, 17TH AND 19TH CENTURY

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Description: A RARE TIBETAN RITUAL LAMA’S CANOPY, 17TH AND 19TH CENTURY made from a Chinese silk textile, the central square, (17th century) featuring two dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl of wisdom, and two large lotus 180 cm square PROVENANCE: Alex Biancardi Collection, Mossgreen, 16/11/2009, lot 354 西藏 十七至十九世紀 喇嘛祭祀華蓋 源流: 慕仕閣2009年11月16日Alex Biancardi珍藏,拍品編號:354

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A NEPALESE HEAVILY CAST PARCEL-GILT COPPERY BRONZE AVELOKITESVARA, 19th CENTURY

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Description: A NEPALESE HEAVILY CAST PARCEL-GILT COPPERY BRONZE AVELOKITESVARA, 19TH CENTURY the five-crowned bejewelled figure lightly clad and standing in “tribhang”, wearing a long silk scarf across the shoulders and down through the arms, the skin of an antelope over his left shoulder, on a round lotus base with a lengthy inscription, supported on a square wooden pedestal, “Lord of the world Lokanatha, on the fourth and fifth days of the waxing half of the month of Magh in the Nepalese year 988 (1867 or 1868…..)”, two bronze pins inserted at the back, some traces of pigment 73.5 cm high (with stand), 60 cm high (Buddha) PROVENANCE: from the collection of Robert Bleakley, former Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia *the Newari inscription: “oṁ namo Lokanāthāya nama || savaṃta 988 Māgha sukṛyā catuthī +para+ paṃcami ṣunu śrī3 Āyyāvalokiteśvara ||? stavana ma? ... ca?ni?mā? dayakā jura || dānapati Yapimahā” the lower part, “vihārayā Sunayaśrīmisavaśobhava brahmacaryyabhikṣu śrīPaṃcamuni tasya bhāryya Na?cchipaka putrī Gyani thakaṃ : dvitiya putari Cidhi·ka thuti dhamacita juyā o dayakā jura śubha" The inscription hails the statue as the Lord of the World, Lokanātha. It was inscribed either 1867 or 1868 of the common era (the date falls close to the year boundary). The donor is a married monk belonging to the community of the Yampi Vihāra, an old monastery in northern Patan. The statue was a voluntary religious donation (Sanskrit: dharmacitta) involving his wife and children. It is unclear whether the statue was installed in the monastery itself, at least in recent decades, since Yampi Vihāra is not known to have had the kinds of lavish decoration seen in other Newar monasteries. 尼泊爾 十九世紀 銅局部鎏金菩薩站像 源流: 蘇富比澳洲區前主席 Robert Bleakley珍藏

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A large bluish toned amber specimen

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Description: A large bluish toned amber specimen fish shaped with “gold” inclusions, possibly from Baltic 12.2 cm long, 10 cm wide (variable); weight: 253 gms PROVENANCE: Mossgreen, 16-17/11/2009, Alex Biancardi Collection, lot 395 藍色蜜蠟 源流: 慕仕閣2009年16-17日,Alex Biancardi專場拍賣,拍品編號:395

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A NEPALESE POLYCHROME WOOD SECTIONAL TORNA, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY

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Description: A NEPALESE POLYCHROME WOOD SECTIONAL TORNA, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY covered with a red lacquer background, deeply carved at the top with a large seated figure of Garuda flanked by two Makara standing on large serpents above a seated Ganesh, a partly illegible Newari inscription across the bottom, which includes “Twice Blessed Ganesh” and would have included a date, decorated with green, blue and gold lacquer. 101 cm long, 81 cm high *the archway would have originally be installed above the door way of a Hindu shine of Ganesh PROVENANCE: from the collection of Robert Bleakley, former Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia 尼泊爾 約十七世紀 加彩木雕拱 源流: 前蘇富比澳洲區主席Robert Bleakley珍藏

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A RARE PAIR OF EQUESTRIAN FIGURES, WESTERN HAN,2ND-1ST CENTURY BCE

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Description: A RARE PAIR OF EQUESTRIAN FIGURES, WESTERN HAN, 2ND-1ST CENTURY BCE brightly decorated with original mineral pigments, the detachable riders wearing long decorative robes; each horse with apertures where the wooden legs and the ears would have been and beautifully painted with saddle and harness, the pigments are in excellent condition 23 cm high, 28 cm wide (horses); 26 cm high (figure) REFERENCE: See Robert D. Jacobsen, see Celestial Horses and Long Sleeve Dancers, The David W. Dewey Collection of Ancient Chinese Tomb Sculptures, 2013, p. 38 for a very similar example with the same rare choice of coloured pigments. *TL certificate test no W4372, 8/8,2010, dated to -2070B years B.P. 漢代 彩陶騎馬人物俑一對

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A RARE DRY LACQUER WOOD SCULPTURE OF BUDDHA, YUAN DYNASTY, 1280-1368

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Description: A RARE DRY LACQUER WOOD SCULPTURE OF BUDDHA, YUAN DYNASTY (1280-1368) seated in dhyanasana in a long pleated robe draped over the shoulders, leaving the chest open to reveal beaded necklaces, the face serene and eyes downcast, a lotus stem on each shoulder, slight traces of gilding and probably covered in several layers of lacquer, the remains of old pigment in the hair, the base open revealing the core material 22.5 cm high PROVENANCE: John Williams, Sydney, late 1980s 元代 乾漆觀音坐像 源流: 二十世紀八十年代晚期購於悉尼John Williams  

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A LARGE HEAVILY POTTED LONGQUAN CELADON BARB-RIMMED PLATE, EARLY MING DYNASTY, FIRST HALF OF THE 15TH CENTURY

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Description: A LARGE HEAVILY POTTED LONGQUAN CELADON BARB-RIMMED PLATE, EARLY MING DYNASTY, FIRST HALF OF THE 15TH CENTURY covered with a translucent green glaze, apart from a burnt red firing ring on the base, the steep cavetto with vertical ribs on both sides, the centre incised with a large peony spray 39 cm (variable) fitted box PROVENANCE: From collection of Dick Austin, AO, OBE (1919-2000) Dick Austin, AO, OBE (1919 - 2000) was a truly remarkable man. He served as an officer during WW2 and was a POW from 1942 – 1945, in a camp near the Burma railway, working as a translator after teaching himself Japanese. In 1952 he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs, joining the Japanese Embassy in Tokyo. It was that posting which sparked his passionate interest in Asian art and culture. He was later sent to Jakarta but also spent time in London and in the USA. In 1979 he was appointed as Chairman of Trustees at the National Gallery of Victoria. In 1985 he and his wife moved to Buderim in Queensland, where he became Chairman of the Art Gallery board from 1987 – 1995. During this period he was also Sotheby’s Queensland representative. 明早期 十五世紀前半葉 龍泉窯花口大盤 源流: Dick Austin, AO, OBE (1919-2000)舊藏。Dick的一生極富有傳奇色彩,他加入過戰爭,並在1942 – 1945年期間成為戰俘。在1952年他作為駐日大使住在東京期間他開始對亞洲藝術與文化差生濃厚的興趣。他後又被派駐加爾各答,並後來在倫敦和美國都居住過。 1979年他成為維多利亞國家美術館委員會主席。1985年他與他的妻子移居昆士蘭後在1987-1995年間,他都擔任昆士蘭美術館的主席。期間,他亦擔任蘇富比拍賣行昆士蘭代表。

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A LONGQUAN CELADON-GLAZED GUAN, SOUTHERN SONG-YUAN DYNASTY, 14TH CENTURY

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Description: A LONGQUAN CELADON-GLAZED GUAN, SOUTHERN SONG-YUAN DYNASTY, 14TH CENTURY the bulbous body moulded on the exterior with a twenty-four leaf lotus design and covered in an unctuous pale green glaze inside and out, the thick footrim and the narrow mouth-rim burnt brick-red 10 cm high; 11.3 cm diameter (at the mouth) Japanese wood cover and base PROVENANCE: Acquired in Kyoto from a Korean collection 南宋至元 十四世紀 龍泉青釉罐 源流: 購於日本京都的韓國收藏

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A RARE PAINTED AND INCISED BROWN AND RED LACQUER EARCUP, WESTERN HAN (206BCE-9CE)

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Description: A RARE PAINTED AND INCISED BROWN AND RED LACQUER EARCUP, WESTERN HAN (206BCE-9CE) Thinly constructed and finely decorated on the interior, with painted lacquer and incised needle-point geometric designs around the inner border, the slightly recessed base and on the “ears”, standing on a flat base 14.2cm long; 11cm wide REFERENCE: see the Tokyo National Museum, A Mysterious World of Ancient Designs: Lacquerware from the Tombs of Hebei, China, 1998, cat. no. 83, p. 114 for two similar black lacquer ear cups; Also see Transition to Empire, Art from the Warring States to Han China, March 2011, cat. no. 11, Courage and Joy, for an almost identical example PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Osaka, Japan 漢代 漆器耳杯 源流: 日本大阪私人收藏  

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A VERY RARE OVOID PHOSPHATIC EWER, TANG DYNASTY, 8TH-9TH CENTURY

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Description: A VERY RARE OVOID PHOSPHATIC EWER, TANG DYNASTY, 8TH-9TH CENTURY the spout in the form of a Makara head with three horns attached to the body of the vessel, a looped strap handle at the back, several bosses around the spout and handle, a chocolate brown glaze on the inside and stopped in an uneven line on the lower half of the exterior of the buff stoneware body, suffused with milky white streaks pooling unevenly towards and onto the foot which is knife-cut and slightly splayed, supported on a flat base, Probably Lushan Kilns, Henan province 17.9 cm high *the age is consistent with Oxford TL certificate number P110g61 REFERENCE: A Tang phosphatic ewer with straight spout and strap handle, in the Palace Museum Beijing, is illustrated in Ceramics Gallery of the Palace Museum Part 1, Beijing, 2011, pp. 132-133, no. 75; also see The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, England, Vol1, cat. no. 30, p. 67 for another example with strap handle but short straight spout 唐代 八至九世紀 河南魯山窯 獸首壺

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A CIZHOU STONEWARE TEABOWL, YUAN DYNASTY (1280-1368)

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Description: A CIZHOU STONEWARE TEABOWL, YUAN DYNASTY (1280-1368) covered in a brown to black glaze, the interior with a continuous band of vertical russet stripes on the steeply sloping rim, the exterior with some russet streaks, the double-dipped glaze pooling just above the foot 8 cm high 16.5 cm diameter REFERENCE: see Robert Barron, Heaven and Earth Seen Within, New Orleans Museum of Art, 2000, cat. no. 42, pp. 114, colour plate p. 115 for a similar example but with two interior russet bands, attributed to Hebei province PROVENANCE: acquired in Hong Kong 2002 元代 磁州窯茶碗 源流: 2002年購於香港

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A RARE XING YAO-TYPE EWER, LATE TANG-FIVE DYNASTY, 9TH-10TH CENTURY

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Description: A RARE XING YAO-TYPE EWER, LATE TANG-FIVE DYNASTY, 9TH-10TH CENTURY with a high looped strap handle and short faceted spout, covered in a thick creamy-white glaze and supported on a tall footrim, a raised ring on the shoulder and top of the foot, probably produced in Anhui province 14.5 cm high *this ewer has an usual combination of characteristics, in the faceted spout, combined with a small applied decoration at the base of the handle, while supported on a high foot REFERENCE: See Symposium on Ancient Chinese White Porcelain, 2005, page 172-173, plates 20 & 23, for similar examples with some of the characteristics of the above ewer, excavated from Imperial tombs in Lin’an, Zhejiang province PROVENANCE: Acquired in 2002 from the Zhang Collection, Beijing 唐晚期至五代 九至十世紀 刑窯類提壺 源流: 2002年購於北京張舊藏    

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A RARE WHITE JADE FLOWER-FORM WASHER, SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

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Description: A RARE WHITE JADE FLOWER-FORM WASHER, SONG DYNASTY (960-1279) the six-lobed translucent vessel well worked with radiating lines from a central stamen to define the petals forming the rim, old silver repair to rim 11.5 cm diameter (variable) REFERENCE: see Objects of Desire, Asian Arts Institute of Australia, October, 2013, cat. no. 3 for a similar example *the six-lobed form is indicative of the auspicious mallow or hibiscus, symbolising wealth and glory and is based on the original silver or bronze prototypes. It became popular at the famous kilns of the Song Dynasty 宋代 白玉花型洗

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A RARE SILVER FLOWER-SHAPED CRANES DISH, SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)

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Description: A RARE SILVER FLOWER-SHAPED CRANES DISH, SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279) the eight-lobed dish finely incised in the centre within an octagonal cartouche, with a pair of cranes flying above a lotus pond, the everted lipped rim with a continuous classic scroll, in “dotted line” technique, with a four-character inscription reading “san lang…” (partly illegible) 14 cm diameter REFERENCE: J.J. Lally & Co SILVER AND GOLD IN ANCIENT CHINA, March 16-April 14, 2012, cat. no. 23 for a dish of identical form and in the same style but with songbirds and foliage, the same mark on the rim. The two dishes are almost certainly from the same workshop. *the same inscription may be seen on a set of ten dishes excavated in 1996, illustrated in Human chutu jingingqi (Gold and Silver Excavated in Human), Changsha, 2009, 2009, pp. 97-106, two inscriptions illustrated pp. 98-99 PROVENANCE: Capital Gallery, HK, 2010 南宋 花口銀盤 源流: 2010年購於香港長安古美術藝廊

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A BRONZE PAPER WEIGHT, LATE MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

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Description: A BRONZE PAPER WEIGHT, LATE MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY in the form of a recumbent Buddhist lion, a knotted cord holding a bell around his neck, the fur coiled along the ridge of the spine and the tail curled, his mouth agape in a snarl, good even patina, one hole under the base 5 cm high, 8.5 cm long *this object could have served as an incense burner as well as a weight 晚明 十七世紀 銅紙鎮

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A RARE LARGE BRONZE OPIUM PIPE, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A RARE LARGE BRONZE OPIUM PIPE, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY mounted in the centre with a hardwood section carved in high relief with two confronting dragons chasing a flaming pearl, the cast bronze front section with aquatic creatures in a lotus pond, the rear section with precious objects, the ten-lobed bowl in the form of an opium bud, inscribed "De he long zao" 59 cm long PROVENANCE: Collection of the late The Norman Rodd, NSW PUBLISHED: Raymond & Victoria Tregaskis, The Albert Barton Collection of Chinese Bronzes, November 1989, cat. no. 15 清 十八世紀 銅鴉片煙管 源流: 新南威爾士Norman Rodd舊藏 發表: Raymond & Victoria Tregaskis,《The Albert Barton Collection of Chinese Bronzes》,1989年11月,圖版:5

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A PLANK-TOP THREE DRAWER TABLE, MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY AND LATER

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Description: A PLANK-TOP THREE DRAWER TABLE, MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY AND LATER the main frame in huanghuali, each drawer front finely carved with Imperial five-clawed dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl, carve spandrels on the front and side legs, the timber of good light brown colour. 86 cm high, 150 cm wide, 54 cm deep PROVENANCE: The Estate of Emilia Stella, Milan, Italy. The collection was formed by her great grandfather who was a diplomate in Peking and Shanghai between 1850-1870. The table was acquire during this period. 明晚期 十六至十七世紀 黃花梨及硬木桌 源流: 意大利米蘭Emilia Stella舊藏。 她的珍藏主要由他太爺爺在1850年至1870年間在北京和上海當大使時購得。

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A RARE CHINESE BAMBOO PAPER WEIGHT, QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY

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Description: A RARE CHINESE BAMBOO PAPER WEIGHT, QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY finely carved in the form of a pair of Buddhist lion cubs, lying on their backs playing with an articulated ball between their paws, the base flat 8 cm diameter 清代 十七至十八世紀 竹雕紙鎮  

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AN UNUSUAL BURLWOOD BELT HOOK, EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

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Description: AN UNUSUAL BURLWOOD BELT HOOK, EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY in the form of two confronting bearded qilong, the finely grained timber with a warm brown patina 10.3 cm long 清 十七世紀 蒼龍教子木帶鉤

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A RARE PAIR OF GREEN JADE ZOOMORPHIC PENDANTS, LATE SHANG DYNASTY (1200-1100BCE)

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Description: A RARE PAIR OF GREEN JADE ZOOMORPHIC PENDANTS, LATE SHANG DYNASTY (1200-1100 BCE) each pendant appears to have been carved from the same flat slice of jade, and represents a stylised crouching animal with a long tail (possibly a tiger), the semi-translucent stone with calcification to the lower extremities and drilled with five tiny holes for attachment 7.2 cm high, 8.5 cm wide fitted box REFERENCE: see Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, pl. 12.7, pp. 213-214, for plaque in the same style and very similar stone: and pl. 12.8 for a jade tiger around the same period PROVENANCE: Capital Gallery, Hong Kong 商晚期 一對青玉掛飾 源流: 香港長安古美術

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A WHITE JADE FINGER CITRON, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A WHITE JADE FINGER CITRON, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY the “Buddha’s hand” fruit with six co-joined fingers, attached to a leafy branch, a tiny cricket on one finger, the stone of good even tone apart from two tiny traces of skin 9 cm long fitted wood stand PROVENANCE: Sydney private collection, acquired 1950-1960s and passed down by descent 清 十八世紀 白玉佛手瓜 源流: 購於二十十九五十至六十年代

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A BOXWOOD FIGURE OF TIEH-KUAI, QING DYNASTY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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Description: A BOXWOOD FIGURE OF TIEH-KUAI, QING DYNASTY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY standing in a cloak with a large lotus leaf hat attached to his back, leaning on a rootwood staff and holding a whisk, glossy brown patina 13 cm high PROVENANCE: Robin Bunton, Honolulu 清 十九世紀早期 黃楊木雕鐵拐李 源流: 夏威夷Robin Bunton

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A CHINESE BROWN LACQUER AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL BRUSH, LATE MING-EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

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Description: A CHINESE BROWN LACQUER AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL BRUSH, LATE MING-EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY the handle and cover finely inlaid with a descending continuous landscape, with two figures seated below a pair of cranes in a willow and deer below stylised clouds, (all symbols of longevity) 23 cm long REFERENCE: see another example in Christies NY, 19/3/2008, lot 327, with a different pattern PROVENANCE: Acquired in Kyoto, Japan 明末清初 十七世紀 棕漆嵌螺鈿毛筆 源流: 購於日本東京

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A FINE SMALL SQUARE YELLOW AND RUSSETT JADE SEAL, LATE MING/EARLY QING DYNASTY, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY

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Description: A FINE SMALL SQUARE YELLOW AND RUSSETT JADE SEAL, LATE MING/EARLY QING DYNASTY, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY surmounted by a Buddhist lion with a bifurcated tail, the head turned, the mouth open in a snarl, the stone with russet veins and skin, a four character archaistic seal “Duo Qing You Pi" carved on the face 3.8 cm high, 2.9 cm square REFERENCE: see Rasti Chinese Art, Works of Art , October 2014, cat. no. 30 for a similar small rectangular seal PROVENANCE: Bonython Family Estate, Adelaide 明末清初 大約十七世紀 玉獅鈕印章 印文:"多情有匹"  

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A VERY FINELY CAST STYLIZED BRONZE SEAL OF A CHIMERA, LATE MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY

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Description: A VERY FINELY CAST STYLIZED BRONZE SEAL OF A CHIMERA, LATE MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY seated on his haunches with the horned head turned to one side and his mouth open in a snarl, the spine exposed and the tail resting on the ground, seated on a square base, the face inscribed with two large characters "Wen Hua" Covered with a fine black patina 7cm high PROVENANCE: London Estate, 1997, acquired by John Hilliard before 1980 晚明 十六至十七世紀 麒麟鈕銅印章 印文:“文華” 源流: 1980年由John Hilliard購於倫敦藏家舊藏

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A CHINESE YELLOW WAX SCHOLARS ROCK, QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY

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Description: A CHINESE YELLOW WAX SCHOLARS ROCK, QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY of naturlistic form with fissures and outcrops, the narrow base supported on a fruitwood wave-formed base. 21 cm high PROVENANCE: Private Sydney collection REFERENCE: Robert D. Mowry, "Worlds within Worlds: the Richard Rosenblum Collection of Chinese Scholars' Rock", Asian Art Society, New York, 1996, pl.63, p.274-275. 清 十八至十九是世紀 文人黃蠟石 源流: 悉尼私人珍藏

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A BOXWOOD FIGURAL GROUP, QING DYNASTY, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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Description: A BOXWOOD FIGURAL GROUP, QING DYNASTY, LATE 18TH CENTURY depicting the Hehe Erxian (the twins), both smiling, each one standing in flowing robes wearing a headdress, one holding a box containing a tortoise, the other seated holding a gourd, lovely honey-brown patina, supported on a naturalistic hardwood stand, 20.5 cm high *The laughing twins represent harmony and mirth as well as bestowing blessing on marriages. The word “he” is the homonym for ‘union’, while “erxian” means ‘the two holy ones’. They actually represent the two famous poet-monks of the Tang Dynasty, Hanshan and Shide. REFERENCE: Christies NY, Auspicious Treasures, 22/3/2012, lot 1288 for a single boxwood figure of carved in a similar manner PROVENANCE: from A Private Australian Collection, Consolidated Auctions, Sydney, 1979 清 十八世紀晚期 黃楊木雕和合二仙 源流: 澳洲私人收藏,1979年於悉尼拍賣行競得  

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A RARE LARGE BAMBOO ROOT LIBATION CUP, LATE MING TO EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

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Description: A RARE LARGE BAMBOO ROOT LIBATION CUP, LATE MING TO EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY imitating rhinoceros horn, the body carved in the round with archaistic designs, eight chilong dragons in high relief climbing around outside, including four clambouring over and handle, two key fret borders and two archaistic bands 14.5 cm wide REFERENCE: see Bamboo, Wood, ivory and Rhinocerous Horn Carvings. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, HK 2002, pl. 133, for a similar example, also carved with chilong; also see Sotheby’s HK 7/4/2015, The Robert H Blumenfield Collection of Chinese Bamboo Carvings, lot 3043 for a similar example PROVENANCE: Nicholas Pitcher, London, June 2007 晚明至清早期 十七世紀 竹根雕酒杯 源流: 2007年6月倫敦Nicholas Pitcher

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A FINE BAMBOO CARVING OF A SAGE, EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY

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Description: A FINE BAMBOO CARVING OF A SAGE, EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY superbly carved in flowing robes, wearing a long whispy beard, with his hair pulled up in a topknot, seated on a rockwork platform holding a basket containing medicinal herbs, his staff at his side 15.6 cm high Fitted box REFERENCE: A very similar figure illustrated in Bamboo, Wood and Ivory Carvings, The Complete Collection of the Palace Museum, HK 2002, vol 44, p. 44; also no. 42 See Sotheby’s HK 7/4/2015, The Robert H Blumenfield Collection of Chinese Bamboo Carvings, lot 3006 for a very similar carving PROVENANCE: Terry Lam, Hong Kong, April 2009 清早期 十七至十八世紀 竹雕聖人 源流: 2009年4月購於香港Terry Lam

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A PAIR OF CHINESE PIERCED BRONZE BRUSH POTS, LATE MING/EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

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Description: A PAIR OF CHINESE PIERCED BRONZE BRUSH POTS, LATE MING/EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY each one decorated with an openwork design of dragons amongst clouds, a key-fret border below the rounded mouth and a band of breaking waves above the foot rim 10.4 cm high, 8.4 cm diameter REFERENCE: see Sotheby’s London 14/5/2014 lot 329 for a very similar example (6,250GBP) PROVENANCE: Acquired in the 1980s 明末清初 十七世紀 銅筆筒一對 源流: 購於二十世紀八十年代

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TWO BIFURCATED BAMBOO BRUSHPOTS, QING DYNASTY, 18-19TH CENTURY

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Description: TWO BIFURCATED BAMBOO BRUSHPOTS, QING DYNASTY, 18-19TH CENTURY Carved in low relief with a tree in calligraphic style and inscribed “Kang Ji Yi” (name of the vessel) and “Fu Zuo Bao Zun” (Fu made this precious vessel), “Bi Shang Chuan” (“made in the spring of the Kuihai year”), polished wood base on four slight feet; second pot with incised inscriptions including “Qiu Shui San Ren” (name of the maker), recessed base 19 cm high and 15 cm high 清 十八至十九世紀 竹筆筒兩個 其中一個“秋水散人”款

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