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Auction Description for Showplace Antique & Design Center: Asian, Modern, Fine & Decorative Art
Viewing Notes:
PREVIEWS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please contact an auctions department representative at 212-633-6063 x802 or x804 at least 48 hours before the sale to schedule a viewing.

Asian, Modern, Fine & Decorative Art

(498 Lots)

by Showplace Antique & Design Center

Platinum House

498 lots with images

January 27, 2013

Live Auction

40 West 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212-633-6063

Fax: 212-633-6064

Email: info@nyshowplace.com

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Antique Korean Embroidered Lady's Pouch w Flowers

Lot 251: Antique Korean Embroidered Lady's Pouch w Flowers

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Description: Antique embroidered lady's pouch with peonies (symbol of prosperity), Plum Blossoms (symbol of courage), and Azaleas, Korean; unmarked. Dimensions: 7" x 6-1/2"

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Korean Embroidered Spoon & Chopstick Case

Lot 252: Korean Embroidered Spoon & Chopstick Case

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Description: Embroidered spoon and chopstick case (Sujeohjip) with peonies (symbol of prosperity), butterfly (happiness), bamboo (integrity), pine tree (longevity), and the mythical bullocho longevity plant. The deer and cranes are longevity symbols, and when they are paired like this, they are symbols of eternal love. The spoon symbolizes sustenance and life, so it was appropriate for it to be kept in such a beautiful embroidered case. This wonderful spoon and chopstick case is further adorned with silk tassels and a nice example of Madeup, the Korean art of knotting. The characters on the back translate to "five blessings for one hundred years." Dimensions: 10" x 4"

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Korean Embroidered Key Ornament

Lot 253: Korean Embroidered Key Ornament

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Description: Korean Yulswepae (Key Ornament) with embroidered symbols of longevity and purity. The day that the Korean housewife would inherit the keys to the house from her mother-in-law would be one of her most proud and happy days, so a beautiful key ornament would be required to adorn her most prized possession, the keys to the gate and all the rooms of the house. The stylized sea waves under the lotus blossoms are a symbol of eternity, and the lotus is a symbol of purity, because it grows out of the mud and blossoms above the muddy water surface to turns its face toward the sky, symbolizing the rising above defilement and suffering in life. The orchids are also a symbol of purity, and the rocks out of which they grow are a symbol of eternity (as is the Sun). When the orchids are paired with rocks like this, they combine to symbolize eternal adherence to principle. The plum blossom tree is a symbol of courage, because it blooms early when winter is not quite finished. The bamboo is a symbol of integrity and wisdom, because in a strong wind, instead of standing firm, it is flexible so that it bends instead of breaking. The pair of butterfly are a symbol of love and happiness. The clouds are a symbol of Heaven. The pair of bush warblers symbolize love. Dimensions: 14" x 10-3/4"

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Korean Embroidered Spoon and Chopstick Case

Lot 254: Korean Embroidered Spoon and Chopstick Case

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Description: Embroidered spoon and chopstick case (Sujeohjip). The spoon symbolizes sustenance and life, so it was appropriate for it to be kept in such a beautiful embroidered case. The peonies symbolize prosperity or wealth, and the lotus blossoms symbolize purity. The stylized waves and rocks at the bottom are longevity symbols. The butterflies are a symbol of happiness. The embroidered characters say celebrate a long and prosperous life in good health. This gorgeous spoon and chopstick case is further adorned with silk tassels and a nice example of Madeup, the Korean art of knotting. Dimensions: 12-1/2" x 8-1/4"

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Korean Yugon, Confucian Ramie Student's Hat

Lot 255: Korean Yugon, Confucian Ramie Student's Hat

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Description: This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is a rare Confucian Student's Hat (Yugon). Korean scholars didn't often keep the hats that they wore as students, so student hats like this survive in much smaller numbers than the hats that were worn by scholars. This delightful example is made from a fine ramie. It folds up into a small square to fit into the pocket. When it is worn, it takes the shape of the character for 'student' ('xue sheng' in Chinese, 'haksaeng' in Korean). This hat was also worn when taking the civil service examination. A charming piece of Korean academic history. Dimensions: 9"H x 10"W x 5"D

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Antique Korean Doll Couple

Lot 256: Antique Korean Doll Couple

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Description: Antique Korean doll couple with exact details in the costumes of that era (late 19th Century). These were used in rituals, Korea; unmarked. Dimensions: Male height: 12-1/2"H; Female height: 11-1/2"H

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Chinese Tribal Baby Carrier

Lot 257: Chinese Tribal Baby Carrier

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Description: Tribal baby carrier with floral designs, cloth, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 29"H x 30"W

Condition Report: Tears in cloth, discoloration.

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Framed Mongolian White Tara Thangka 18-19th Cent

Lot 258: Framed Mongolian White Tara Thangka 18-19th Cent

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Description: Framed white tara thangka, colors on cloth, Mongolia, eighteenth to nineteenth century; unmarked. Dimensions: 31"H x 25"W; 16"H x 12-1/2"W (image).

Condition Report: Wear to cloth and paint, creasing.

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Framed Tibetan Thangka 17-18th Cent

Lot 259: Framed Tibetan Thangka 17-18th Cent

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Description: Framed cloth thangka, Tibet, seventeenth to eighteenth century; unmarked. Dimensions:54-1/8"H x 27-3/4"W Bought from Doyle's Auctions in early 1990s.

Condition Report: Damage to cloth, general wear consistent with age.

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Tibetan Leather & Metal Herder's Pouch 19-20th C.

Lot 260: Tibetan Leather & Metal Herder's Pouch 19-20th C.

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Description: Leather herder's pouch with metal and stone appliques, with flint still inside, Tibet, nineteenth to twentieth century; unmarked. Dimensions: 6-1/2"H (including red leather strap) x 5-1/2"W

Condition Report: Toning to metal, wear to leather, general wear consistent with age.

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Small Thai Silver Oval Shaped Box w Mythical Beast

Lot 261: Small Thai Silver Oval Shaped Box w Mythical Beast

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Description: Small oval shaped silver box with mythical beasts, Thailand; possibly marked on bottom. Dimensions: 1-3/4"H x 2-1/2"W x 1-1/4"D

Condition Report: Toning and denting to silver.

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Old Chinese Bone & Silver Prayer Wheel

Lot 262: Old Chinese Bone & Silver Prayer Wheel

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Description: Old bone and silver prayer wheel, China; marked. Dimensions: 11"L x 3-1/2" diameter

Condition Report: Tarnishing to silver, soiling, general wear consistent with age.

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Old Chinese Brass Prayer Wheel

Lot 263: Old Chinese Brass Prayer Wheel

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Description: Old brass and wood prayer wheel, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 12"L x 3-1/2" diameter

Condition Report: Toning to brass, some scratching, general wear consistent with age.

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Tibetan Bronze Deity poss. 19th cent.

Lot 264: Tibetan Bronze Deity poss. 19th cent.

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Description: Bronze deity figure, Tibet, possibly nineteenth century; marked. Dimensions: 4"H x 3-1/2"W x 2"D

Condition Report: Patination, wear consistent with age.

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Chinese Pewter Teapot with Jade Handle & Inlays

Lot 265: Chinese Pewter Teapot with Jade Handle & Inlays

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Description: Teapot with incised flowers, bats, and coins, pewter with jade handle and inlays, China; unmarked. Dimensions: approximately 6-3/4"H x 8-1/2"W (spout to handle) x 5-1/4" diameter

Condition Report: Occasional denting, surface scratching and soiling.

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Chinese Pewter Teapot and Warmer

Lot 266: Chinese Pewter Teapot and Warmer

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Description: Small lidded teapot and warmer with floral decoration, pewter with wood handle, China; marked. Dimensions: teapot approximately 3"H x 6-1/2"W (with handle) x 5-1/4"D (with spout); warmer 2-1/8"H x 3-1/2" diameter

Condition Report: Occasional denting and toning to pewter. Handle is loose.

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Chinese Bronze Brushwasher

Lot 267: Chinese Bronze Brushwasher

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Description: Bronze brushwasher with gold flecks, China; Qianlong mark. Dimensions: 1-1/2"H 6-1/4" diameter

Condition Report: Soiling, some corrosion along rim, scratching at bottom.

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Chinese Bronze Emperor Figure poss. 18th C.

Lot 268: Chinese Bronze Emperor Figure poss. 18th C.

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Description: Bronze emperor figure, China, possibly eighteenth century; unmarked. Dimensions: 11-1/4"H x 8"W x 5"D

Condition Report: Losses to gilding throughout.

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Small Chinese Bronze Vase poss. 17th Cent.

Lot 269: Small Chinese Bronze Vase poss. 17th Cent.

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Description: Small bronze vase with writings, China, possibly seventeenth century; marked. Dimensions: 4-1/4"H x 2" diameter

Condition Report: Scattered dents and deep scratches, toning, discoloration on interior.

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Small Chinese Silver Pitcher with 2 Cups

Lot 270: Small Chinese Silver Pitcher with 2 Cups

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Description: Small silver pitcher with two cups, China; marked on bottom. Dimensions: pitcher: 4-1/2"H x 2"W; cups: 7/8"H x 7/8" diameter

Condition Report: Some discoloration or tarnishing, scratches.

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Chinese Enamel Bowl w/ Floral Design

Lot 271: Chinese Enamel Bowl w/ Floral Design

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Description: Enamel bowl with lotus designs, China; marked. Dimensions: 3"H x 6-1/2" diameter

Condition Report: Good condition, some discoloration on interior.

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Chinese Enamel Bowl w/ Dragons

Lot 272: Chinese Enamel Bowl w/ Dragons

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Description: Enamel bowl with dragons, China; marked. Dimensions: 3"H x 6-1/2" diameter

Condition Report: Good condition.

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Antique Chinese Cloisonne Enamel Lidded Box

Lot 273: Antique Chinese Cloisonne Enamel Lidded Box

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Description: Polychrome round box with birds and flowers and lid, cloisonne enamel, China, early twentieth century; Qianlong mark on bottom. Dimensions: approximately 2-1/4"H x 4" diameter

Condition Report: Overall good; occasional soiling, pockmarks, and wear to enamel.

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Chinese Bronze Covered Vase with Chain Handle

Lot 274: Chinese Bronze Covered Vase with Chain Handle

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Description: Covered hanging vessel with taotie masks around body and calligraphy, bronze, China; unmarked. Dimensions: approximately 15-1/4"H x 7" diameter

Condition Report: Green patina and wear.

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Chinese Pair of Gilded Bronze Guanyins on Animals

Lot 275: Chinese Pair of Gilded Bronze Guanyins on Animals

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Description: Pair of seated Guanyins, one on a lion and one on an elephant, gilded bronze, China; Da Ming Xuan De mark on each. Dimensions: each approximately 10-1/4"H x 9"W x 5-1/2"D

Condition Report: Occasional soiling, toning, and wear.

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Chinese Metal Censer Incense Burner

Lot 276: Chinese Metal Censer Incense Burner

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Description: Metal censer incense burner with dragon and foo dog details and reliefs, China; marked. Dimensions: 7-1/2" H x 6-1/2" W x 4" Diameter

Condition Report: Some corrosion inside and outside, overall good condition.

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Chinese Lot of 2 Small Cloisonne Vases

Lot 277: Chinese Lot of 2 Small Cloisonne Vases

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Description: Lot of two small vases with floral decoration, cloisonne enamel, China; unmarked. Dimensions: larger approximately 6"H x 3-1/2" diameter; smaller approximately 5"H x 2-3/4" diameter

Condition Report: Overall good.

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Chinese Cloisonne Clock

Lot 278: Chinese Cloisonne Clock

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Description: Small blue and gold cloisonne clock with floral motif and female portraits on sides, enamel and metal, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 8" H x 4-1/2" W x 3- 1/2" D

Condition Report: Few scratches, overall good condition.

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Chinese Bronze Ruyi Scepter Qing Dyn.

Lot 279: Chinese Bronze Ruyi Scepter Qing Dyn.

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Description: Bronze ruyi scepter with ram and green tassel, China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911); unmarked. Dimensions: 26"L (including tassel) x 4"W

Condition Report: Some toning to metal.

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Chinese Iron Belt Hook w/ Gold Inlay East Han Dyn.

Lot 280: Chinese Iron Belt Hook w/ Gold Inlay East Han Dyn.

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Description: Iron belt hook with gold inlay, China, Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220); unmarked. Dimensions: 6-3/4"L x 1-3/4"W

Condition Report: Severe corrosion and loss to gilding, general wear consistent with age.

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Chinese Opium Pipe Cleaner 19th Cent

Lot 281: Chinese Opium Pipe Cleaner 19th Cent

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Description: Wood and metal opium pipe cleaner, China, nineteenth century; unmarked. Dimensions: 20"L

Condition Report: Some toning to metal.

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Chinese Metal Vessels, Teapot and Tea Caddy

Lot 282: Chinese Metal Vessels, Teapot and Tea Caddy

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Description: Lot of two metal vessels, teapot and tea caddy with front and back reverse glass figural paintings on body and designs on metal, metal, China; marked on bottom. Dimensions: Teapot: 6" H x 5" W x 2-1/4" Diameter; Caddy: 6-3/4" H x 4-1/4" W x 2-1/4" Diameter

Condition Report: Slight corrosion and small dents on both, chip on teapot, dent on caddy lid.

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Pair of Chinese Red Metal Vases

Lot 283: Pair of Chinese Red Metal Vases

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Description: Pair of red metal vases with mother of pearl inlays and nature scene, metal, China; unmarked. Dimensions: Small vase: 6-3/4" H x 4-1/4" W Big vase: 11-1/4" H x 9" W

Condition Report: Minor scratches on both, smaller vase more red-orange, overall good condition.

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Bronze Tsuba with Wolf & Calligraphy

Lot 284: Bronze Tsuba with Wolf & Calligraphy

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Description: Bronze tsuba with wolf and calligraphy; marked. Dimensions: 3"H x 2-5/8"W

Condition Report: Minor dents, good condition.

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Pair of Small Chinese Bronze Vases Landscapes

Lot 285: Pair of Small Chinese Bronze Vases Landscapes

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Description: Pair of small bronze vases with landscapes, China; marked. Dimensions:5-1/4"H x 2-1/4"D

Condition Report: Toning, some dents.

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Chinese Bronze Figural Teapot

Lot 286: Chinese Bronze Figural Teapot

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Description: Bronze figural teapot, China; marked. Dimensions: 16"H x 18"W x 9" diameter

Condition Report: Discoloration, minor corrosion.

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Small Metal Pipe with Box

Lot 287: Small Metal Pipe with Box

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Description: Small metal pipe with vegetal motif with original box; unmarked. Dimensions: 2-3/4"L

Condition Report: Wear to box, wear to pipe from use.

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Chinese Folding Bamboo Head Rest Early 20th C.

Lot 288: Chinese Folding Bamboo Head Rest Early 20th C.

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Description: Folding bamboo head rest, China, approximately eighty years old; unmarked. Dimensions: 5-1/2"H x 13-1/2"L x 5-1/4"D

Condition Report: Natural cracking to wood, general wear consistent with age.

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Chinese Carved Bamboo Arm Rest w/ Calligraphy

Lot 289: Chinese Carved Bamboo Arm Rest w/ Calligraphy

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Description: Carved bamboo arm rest with calligraphy, China; marked. Dimensions: 12-1/4"L x 3-1/2"W

Condition Report: Minor soiling.

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Chinese Carved Bamboo Arm Rest w/ Landscape

Lot 290: Chinese Carved Bamboo Arm Rest w/ Landscape

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Description: Carved bamboo arm rest with landscape, China; marked. Dimensions: 10"L x 3-1/4"W

Condition Report: Some soiling.

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Large Chinese Wood Brushpot w/ Landscape

Lot 291: Large Chinese Wood Brushpot w/ Landscape

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Description: Large wooden brushpot with figural and landscape scene, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 10"H x 10" diameter

Condition Report: Natural cracking to wood, good condition.

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Chinese Carved Boxwood Ruyi w/ Bats

Lot 292: Chinese Carved Boxwood Ruyi w/ Bats

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Description: Carved boxwood ruyi with bats and fruit, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 16-1/2"L x 4"W

Condition Report: Good condition.

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Chinese Lacquered Plate w/ Landscape

Lot 293: Chinese Lacquered Plate w/ Landscape

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Description: Red and black lacquered plate with raised landscape, China; marked. Dimensions: 1"H x 9" diameter

Condition Report: Some losses to lacquer with some repairs.

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Lot of 2 Chinese Lacquered Plates w/ Landscape

Lot 294: Lot of 2 Chinese Lacquered Plates w/ Landscape

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Description: Two red and black lacquered plates with landscapes, China; marked. Dimensions: 9-3/4" diameter

Condition Report: Good condition.

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Chinese Lacquered Plate w/ Elephant

Lot 295: Chinese Lacquered Plate w/ Elephant

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Description: Red and black lacquered plate with elephant and lotus flowers, China; marked. Dimensions: 11-1/4" diameter

Condition Report: Good condition.

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Chinese Wood Hexagonal Brushpot w/ Landscape

Lot 296: Chinese Wood Hexagonal Brushpot w/ Landscape

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Description: Wooden hexagonal brushpot with landscape, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 6-1/2"H x 5-3/4"W x 3-3/4"D

Condition Report: Good condition.

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Chinese Wooden Hexagonal Brushpot w/ Landscape

Lot 297: Chinese Wooden Hexagonal Brushpot w/ Landscape

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Description: Wooden hexagonal brushpot with landscape scenes, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 6-3/4"H x 6"W x 5-1/4"D

Condition Report: Minor chip.

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Large Chinese Wooden Hexagonal Brushpot Dragons

Lot 298: Large Chinese Wooden Hexagonal Brushpot Dragons

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Description: Large wooden hexagonal brushpot with dragons, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 12-1/2"H x 9"W x 8-1/2"D

Condition Report: Good condition.

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Chinese Square Wooden Brushpot w/ Landscapes

Lot 299: Chinese Square Wooden Brushpot w/ Landscapes

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Description: Square wooden brushpot with landscape scenes, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 7"H x 5-3/4"W x 4-3/4"D

Condition Report: Some minor scratching.

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Large Chinese Wooden Brushpot w/ Carvings

Lot 300: Large Chinese Wooden Brushpot w/ Carvings

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Description: Large wooden brushpot with figural and landscape carvings, China; unmarked. Dimensions: 10"H x 9-1/2" diameter

Condition Report: Natural cracking to wood.

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