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Auction Description for Cowan's: Asian Art
Viewing Notes:
Exhibition times: Thursday, September 12, 12:00 to 5:00 PM EST Friday, September 13, 8:00 - 10:00 AM EST

792 lots with images

September 13, 2013

Live Auction

6270 Este Avenue

Cincinnati, OH, 45232 USA

Phone: +1 513.871.1670

Fax: +1 513.871.8670

Email: info@cowans.com

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Chinese Ceremonial Priest Robe

Lot 1: Chinese Ceremonial Priest Robe

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Description: Chinese, ca 1890. A priest robe with embroidery of auspicious emblems on a gold ground of auspicious characters; lg. 48 in.

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Chinese Ceremonial Embroidered Skirt

Lot 2: Chinese Ceremonial Embroidered Skirt

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Description: Chinese, late 19th century.  A skirt with outstanding embroidered detail in vertical panels; 34 x 53 in. when fully open.   Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese 19th Century Embroidered Ceremonial Skirt

Lot 3: Chinese 19th Century Embroidered Ceremonial Skirt

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Description: Chinese, late 19th century.  An embroidered skirt, having vertical panels and large floral panel; 38 x 50 in. when fully open. Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Embroidered Blue Ceremonial Robe

Lot 4: Chinese Embroidered Blue Ceremonial Robe

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Description: Chinese, possibly Qing Dynasty (late 19th century).  A blue ground embroidered robe, having cranes and clouds tightly worked near collar and arms; lg. of armspan 48 in.

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Chinese Embroidered Ceremonial Skirt

Lot 5: Chinese Embroidered Ceremonial Skirt

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Description: Chinese, early 20th century.  An embroidered skirt with a panel having peacocks; lg. 54 in.

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Chinese Embroidered Woman's Robe

Lot 6: Chinese Embroidered Woman's Robe

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Description: Chinese, ca 1890. A mauve brocade woman's robe with floral embroidered borders; lg. 53.25 in.

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Chinese Bound Slippers

Lot 7: Chinese Bound Slippers

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Description: Chinese, early 20th century. A pair of slippers for bound feet with floral design in silk on leather; each lg. 5 in.

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A Pair of Embroidered Dark Blue Silk Badges of a Bear

Lot 8: A Pair of Embroidered Dark Blue Silk Badges of a Bear

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Description: Chinese, 19th century.  Finely worked in a blind stitch with colored silk thread, the badge includes a bear surrounded by flowering vines, all in muted shades of blue, coral, yellow, green, mauve, and white; each badge 11.5 x 12 in., framed 17.5 x 35.5 in.

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A Finely Embroidered Badge of a Crane

Lot 9: A Finely Embroidered Badge of a Crane

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Description: Chinese, 19th century.  Finely worked in gold and silver wrapped thread, the badge includes a crane perched upon a rock above turbulent waves and a lishui stripe, facing the sun and surrounded by clouds, all within a border of bats and shou characters; badge 11.25 x 12 in., framed 13 x 14 in.

Condition Report: Some fraying at edges.  Light fading.

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A Pair of Embroidered Badges of a Crane

Lot 10: A Pair of Embroidered Badges of a Crane

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Description: Chinese, 19th century.  Finely worked in colored silk thread, each badge includes a crane perched upon a rock above turbulent waves and a lishui stripe, facing the sun and surrounded by blue clouds, all within a border of bats and shou characters on a black silk ground; each badge 11.25 x 12 in., framed 12.5 x 24.75 in.

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A Pair of Embroidered Badges of a Crane

Lot 11: A Pair of Embroidered Badges of a Crane

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Description: Chinese, 19th century.  Finely worked in silver-wrapped thread, the badge includes a crane perched upon a rock above turbulent waves, facing the sun and surrounded by clouds, all within a border of flowering vines on a blue ground; badge 22 x 11 in., framed 24.5 x 13.5 in.

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Fine Chinese Silks Decorated in Late 1940s

Lot 12: Fine Chinese Silks Decorated in Late 1940s

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Description: Chinese. Including one large black silk ground embroidered scene with birds and a pair of smaller red silk embroideries.  Complete with photograph of woman who executed the embroideries; lg. of largest 30 in.

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Chinese Embroidered Badge

Lot 13: Chinese Embroidered Badge

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Description: Chinese. A "blind stitch" badge, depicting Phoenix soaring toward sun, meticulously stitched borders; 14 x 14 in.

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Fine Chinese Embroidered Altar Cover

Lot 14: Fine Chinese Embroidered Altar Cover

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Description: Chinese, ca 1880. An altar cover finely embroidered with a landscape on a gold apricot ground; 68 x 28 in.  Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Embroidered Wall Hanging with Four Dragon Roundels

Lot 15: Chinese Embroidered Wall Hanging with Four Dragon Roundels

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Description: Chinese.  A large embroidered hanging with four dragon roundels dating to the 18th century, each with a front-facing dragon leaping around a flaming pearl, all on a dark midnight-blue silk ground dating to the 19th century, with embroidery of the eight precious emblems; 60.75 x 82 in.

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A Reverse Painted Chinese Horn Globe in Original Packaging

Lot 16: A Reverse Painted Chinese Horn Globe in Original Packaging

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Description: Chinese, a horn globe reverse painted with four large scalloped panels enclosing scenes of butterflies and flowering vines emerging from a rock, all between bands of geometric and floral motifs which surround the openings; ht. 15 in.  Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

Condition Report: Broken pieces and cracks to plastic.  Plastic is yellowing.

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Rare Chinese Mammoth Ivory Teeth Court Necklace

Lot 17: Rare Chinese Mammoth Ivory Teeth Court Necklace

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Description: Chinese, 19th century. A Qing dynasty court necklace, comprised of mammoth ivory teeth, with memory beads of turquoise and jadeite, having a jadeite counterweight bead with coral colored glass, santai pendants of lapis lazuli ending in rutilated quartz with enamel mountings; ht. 58 in.

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Pair of Chinese Court Necklaces

Lot 18: Pair of Chinese Court Necklaces

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Description: Chinese, early 20th century.  A pair of court necklaces having jadeite, wood and coral style balls; total length 25 in.

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Pearl and Green Jadeite Jade Bead Necklace

Lot 19: Pearl and Green Jadeite Jade Bead Necklace

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Description: Green jadeite jade bead and pearl necklace consisting of 53 graduated jade beads, 52 cultured pearls, and silver clasp containing pearl bead; length 28 in. GIA report no. 1142917089 states that the tested stone was jadeite jade, translucent transparency, natural mottled green color, with no indications of impregnation. 

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14k Jadeite Jade Bead Necklace

Lot 20: 14k Jadeite Jade Bead Necklace

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Description: 14k yellow gold and brownish-orange jadeite jade bead necklace containing gold spacers and fishhook clasp; lg. 27 in. GIA report no. 2145918236 states that this is a jadeite jade necklace, semi-translucent transparency, brownish orange color, evidence of impregnation, color origin could not currently be determined.

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Multi-Color Jadeite Jade Bead Necklace

Lot 21: Multi-Color Jadeite Jade Bead Necklace

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Description: Multi-color jadeite jade graduated bead necklace in greens, browns and orange, with a sterling filigree fishhook clasp; lg. 32 in. GIA report no. 2145917127 states that a randomly selected stone from the necklace was found to be jadeite jade, translucent transparency, natural grayish green color, no indication of impregnation. 

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Walter Lampl Green Jadeite Jade Carved Pendant Necklace

Lot 22: Walter Lampl Green Jadeite Jade Carved Pendant Necklace

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Description: Walter Lampl green jadeite jade beads strung on rope with delicately carved jade pendant encased in 14k yellow gold, marked in block letters WL, an early mark of the Walter Lampl company; lg. 21 in. GIA report no. 2145918027 states that this necklace contains a jadeite jade pendant, translucent transparency, natural variegated green and white color,  with no indications of impregnation. 

Condition Report: Requires restringing.

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Green and Lavender Jadeite Jade Bangle

Lot 23: Green and Lavender Jadeite Jade Bangle

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Description: Bangle comprised solely of green and lavender jadeite jade; inside dia. 2.5 in. GIA report no. 1142917304 states that this is a jadeite jade hololith bangle bracelet, translucent transparency, variegated very light green and very light purple color, no indications of impregnation, color origin could not currently be determined.  

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14k Lavender Jadeite Jade Hinged Bangles

Lot 24: 14k Lavender Jadeite Jade Hinged Bangles

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Description: Pair of 14k yellow gold and lavender jade bangles containing 14k hinge and clasp caps; inside dia. 2 in. GIA report no. 5141918249 states that these are jadeite jade segmented bangle bracelets, translucent transparency, mottled light purple color, no evidence of impregnation, color origin could not currently be determined. 

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Carved White Nephrite Jade Pendant

Lot 25: Carved White Nephrite Jade Pendant

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Description: White nephrite jade pendant with 20th century foliate carving; lg. 2.25 in. GIA report no. 5141917183 states that this is a nephrite jade carved pendant, translucent transparency, natural white color, no evidence of impregnation. 

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14k Carved Jadeite Jade Pendant

Lot 26: 14k Carved Jadeite Jade Pendant

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Description: 14k yellow gold and foliate carved red jade pendant; dia. 2.5 in. GIA report no. 2145917103 states that this is carved round tablet jadeite jade pendant, translucent transparency, variegated brownish orange color, no indication of impregnation, color origin could not currently be determined. 

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Chinese Jade and Jadeite Bangles

Lot 27: Chinese Jade and Jadeite Bangles

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Description: Chinese. A group of four bangles, one spinach jade, a pair of jadeite bangles and one white jade; diameter of largest 3.25 in.

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Chinese Jadeite Bangle

Lot 28: Chinese Jadeite Bangle

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Description: Chinese, 20th century.  A jadeite bangle in emerald color; diameter 2.75 in.

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Chinese Jade Archer's Ring

Lot 29: Chinese Jade Archer's Ring

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Description: Chinese, 18th/19th century.  A cylindrical archer's ring, well polished and of light celadon tonality, natural fissures and plain surface; ht. 1.25 in. Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Yellow Jade Archer's Ring

Lot 30: Chinese Yellow Jade Archer's Ring

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Description: Chinese, 18th century.  An archer''s ring with stone of yellow gray color, well weathered, commas marks in surround; ht. 1 in. Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Qianlong Jade Mounted Knife

Lot 31: Chinese Qianlong Jade Mounted Knife

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Description: Chinese, 18th century. A Qianlong pale celadon jade mounted knife, carved in relief with dragons, chilong, and foliate scrolling, containing a single edged blade in silver gilt mount; lg. 10.25 in. Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese 19th Century Group of Jade Carvings

Lot 32: Chinese 19th Century Group of Jade Carvings

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Description: Chinese, each 19th century.  A collection of four jades carvings, to include a celadon jade archer's ring, a grasshopper, a carved ring and a white jade carved boy; ht. of tallest 2.25 in.

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Chinese White Jade Beast Carving

Lot 33: Chinese White Jade Beast Carving

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Description: Chinese, probably 18th century.  A small and very fine white jade beast, very slight celadon tone and without russet; lg. 2 in.

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Chinese Pair of Archer's Rings

Lot 34: Chinese Pair of Archer's Rings

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Description: Chinese, 19th/20th century.  A pair of archer's rings, one in rock crystal with relief carving, the other agate; each ht. 1 in.

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Chinese 18th Century White Jade Pendant

Lot 35: Chinese 18th Century White Jade Pendant

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Description: Chinese, 18th century.  A finely carved pendant with low relief carving; lg. 2.25 in.

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Fine Chinese Jade Carving of Recumbent Cats

Lot 36: Fine Chinese Jade Carving of Recumbent Cats

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Description: Chinese, 18th/19th century.  A fine nephrite jade carving of a pair of cats, natural russet inclusions, incised fur; lg. 2.5 in.

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Chinese Celadon Jade Snuff Bottle

Lot 37: Chinese Celadon Jade Snuff Bottle

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Description: Chinese, probably early 20th century, a well polished celadon jade snuff, wide bodied and well hollowed, a relief-carved Guanyin and signature, archaic symbol on back.  Cap of coral and metalwork; ht. with cap 2.75 in.

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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Chinese Celadon Jade Archer's Rings

Lot 38: Chinese Celadon Jade Archer's Rings

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Description: Chinese. A pair of celadon jade archer's rings; dia. 1.25 in.

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Chinese 18th Century Jade Archer's Ring

Lot 39: Chinese 18th Century Jade Archer's Ring

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Description: Chinese, 18th century or earlier.  An archer's ring, celadon stone with russet markings, chihlung figure carved in low relief; ht. 1.25 in.  Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese 18th Century Jade Archer's Ring

Lot 40: Chinese 18th Century Jade Archer's Ring

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Description: Chinese, 18th century or earlier.  Celadon green stone with dark markings. Surface carved with chihlung. D-shaped; ht. 1 in. Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Gray Jade Archer's Ring

Lot 41: Chinese Gray Jade Archer's Ring

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Description: Chinese, 18th century or earlier. Jade of gray color with darker markings. Surface carved with peaches; ht. 1 in. Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Jade Archer's Ring

Lot 42: Chinese Jade Archer's Ring

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Description: Chinese, 18th century or earlier. Jade of gray color with darker areas. Surface carved with comma marks & bow string marks; ht. 1 in.   Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Cinnabar Box and Water Pot

Lot 43: Chinese Cinnabar Box and Water Pot

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Description: Chinese, 19th century.  Includes a mid-19th century carved cinnabar circular box, deeply carved with figures in a landscape. Also a water coupe well carved and in excellent condition, carved to appear imperial but a19th century example, marked with accession number and a single character; ht. of tallest 3.75 in.

Condition Report: A small crack to surface of box.

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Chinese Cinnabar Wedding Box

Lot 44: Chinese Cinnabar Wedding Box

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Description: Chinese, 19th century. A richly and deeply carved wedding box depicting a pair of scholars, heavily lacquered to the inside; dia. 7 in.

Condition Report: Extensively restored cinnabar otherwise fine condition.

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Chinese Cinnabar Dragon Box

Lot 45: Chinese Cinnabar Dragon Box

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Description: Chinese, early 20th century.  A white cinnabar lacquer box, surface carved wtih a dragon, cloisonne and brass interior; lg. 3.75 in.

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A Chinese Round Lacquered Box and Cover

Lot 46: A Chinese Round Lacquered Box and Cover

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Description: Chinese, 19th century.  A round cinnabar lacquered box and cover, the side decorated with a gold bordered scene of two men in traditional costumes and calligraphy; ht. 8.5 in., dia. 12.5 in.

Condition Report: Old repairs to cracks along the bottom edge and cover.

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Chinese Carved Cinnabar Box

Lot 47: Chinese Carved Cinnabar Box

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Description: Chinese, Qianlong period. A three-color ware cinnabar box decorated with melons, having surfaces finely carved with brocade patterns and shou characters; lg. 5 in.

Condition Report: Some parts of lip broken but still with lot

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Chinese Cricket Cage

Lot 48: Chinese Cricket Cage

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Description: Chinese, late 19th century. A gilt gourd cricket cage, the outside molded with Guanyin figural scenes in relief, having a pierced, ivory top, unmarked; lg. 6 in.

Condition Report: Wear to gilding.

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Finely Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Box

Lot 49: Finely Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Box

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Description: Chinese, 18th century. Carved cinnabar box with surface of rich brown lacquer, deeply carved with birds and butterflies over diapered ground; ht. 3.25 in. Dr. Herman Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.

Condition Report: Minor loss.

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Chinese Bamboo Brush Pot

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Description: Chinese, 20th century. A carved bamboo brush pot depicting children playing; ht. 5.75 in.

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