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Auction Description for Auctionata: # 62: Fine Asian & Tribal Art
Viewing Notes:
Auction Preview Dates/Times: 19/20 May 2014, 9am-6pm
Sale Notes:
A brightly-enameled Ruyi scepter with and a fine silver tea set with Japanese emblems from the Meiji period are just a few of the Asian treasures to feature in this auction. Other objects to watch out for are the apple-green jade necklace from the late Qing Dynasty and the exceptionally finely-painted miniature from the Mughal Empire. The auction's diverse offerings are rounded off by tribal art from Kenya, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

# 62: Fine Asian & Tribal Art

by Auctionata


129 lots with images

May 23, 2014

Live Auction

Franklinstrasse 13

Berlin, 10587 Germany

Phone: +49 30 9832 0222

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Email: sales@auctionata.com

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Signed Ivory Netsuke and a Seated Hotei Figure, around 1920

Lot 1: Signed Ivory Netsuke and a Seated Hotei Figure, around 1920

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Description: Ivory These items can only be delivered to an address within the EU Japan, around 1920 or slightly later Fine carving Himotoshi verso Artist's signature on the Hotei figurine Hotei on an oval wooden base Beautiful patina and fine grain Color accentuations Nice sheen and partly smooth crème-colored surface Dimensions: 5-6.5 x 3.5-7 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: German private collection Humorous Netsuke and detailed executed representation of the three figures These two ivory netsuke and the okimono, the seated figure of Hotei, were made in Japan, each from one piece of ivory. Shown is a lady in a color-accented robe. She is climbing on the large Tengu mask under her by clinging on the long nose. The other netsuke shows a peacefully sleeping boy on a pillow. On an oval wooden base is the joyous Hotei, the god of happiness, is rendered. He is represented with a wide smile, a paunchy body and long earlobes. The three figures are in very good condition with hardly any sings of age and wear. Hotei shows small drying cracks. The himotoshi (cord holes) can be found verso and the artist's signatures are visible laterally as well as on the underside. The height is 5 to 6.5 cm and the width measures 3.5 to 7 cm. Japanese Netsuke Japanese netsuke are small carvings hung on cords as counterweights to the sagemono ('hanging container') that were attached to the belt of kimonos, which would otherwise have no pockets. This enabled the wearer to carry small objects like pipes, tobacco, money or other personal belongings. Netsuke were initially made of root wood, but later included ivory, whale and walrus tusk, boxwood, bamboo and stag horn. Netsuke were often mythologically significant. The motif of the 'Seven Lucky Gods' was particularly popular, but animals, flowers, fruits and other everyday objects were also carved. Netsuke originated in the late 17th century with the rise of the middle class and remained in use until the 1880s, when the kimono began to go out of style as an everyday item of clothing.

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Signed and Carved Ivory Tusk with the Seven Lucky Gods, Meiji

Lot 2: Signed and Carved Ivory Tusk with the Seven Lucky Gods, Meiji

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Description: Carved ivory This item can only be delivered to an address within the EU Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Artist signature on the back Seven lucky gods with lively expressions Finely carved in relief Reverse with figures and Buddhist emblems Beautiful patina Length: 39.5 cm Very good condition Provenance: Austrian private collection Highly detailed carving of the seven lucky gods and further figures in a multi-level relief This detailed carving in a distinct relief and beautiful patina was made during the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912). The carving follows the natural curvature of the ivory tusk and shows the seven lucky gods with their attributes. Their gestures and their facial expressions are lively reproduced and the deities are framed by floral tendrils at the top. On the reverse figures and Buddhist emblems are visible and ibid an artist's signature can be seen. The ivory carving is in very good condition with minor signs of wear consistent with age. The length measures 39.5 cm.

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Bronze Figure of a Peasant with a Pipe in his Hands, Meiji

Lot 3: Bronze Figure of a Peasant with a Pipe in his Hands, Meiji

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Description: Cast bronze Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Pensive expression Attached to bronze base with impressed artist seal stamp Rich patina Total height: 32 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Well cast bronze figure with realistic features and country clothing This Japanese bronze figure was made during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and shows a dark patinated surface. Rendered is a standing peasant in rustic clothing with a small pocket on the belt. In his hands he holds a pipe. His head, covered by a scarf, is inclined to the side and his view sweeps thoughtfully into the distance. His face shows the detailed craftsmanship and is designed naturalistic. The farmer is mounted on a round bronze base with impressed artist seal stamp. The bronze statue is in good condition with only slight signs of wear consistent with age. Some patina wear, especially on the left foot, is visible. The total height is 32 cm.

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Miyao Eisuke, Signed Pair of Bronze Vases with Kintaro, Meiji

Lot 4: Miyao Eisuke, Signed Pair of Bronze Vases with Kintaro, Meiji

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Description: Cast bronze Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Miyao Eisuke of Yokohama - renowned Japanese bronze artist Both vases signed in a rectangular reserve 'Miyao Eisuke' Each of globular form supported on a high foot Lobed panels with relief presentations of Kintaro and Yamauba Tall trumpet neck with a band of confronting dragons Elephant head handles Detailed craftsmanship Height: 37 cm Very good condition Provenance: German private collection The vases are cast in high relief around the sides with mythological scenes; bronzes by Miyao Eisuke fetch over 27,000 euros at international auctions These two Japanese bronze vases were made by Miyao Eisuke of Yokohama during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and display the exquisite Japanese craftsmanship. They feature a different but complementary design. Each bulbous body rises on a high round foot. The trumpet shaped neck of both vases is flanked by elephant head handles and is richly decorated. The ornaments are cast in a high relief and adorn the entire walls. The neck is decorated with a band of confronting dragons and the body shows quatrefoil vignettes of figures and animals. One vase depicts the 'strong boy' Kintaro fighting a wild bear. The second vase shows Yamauba, a yōkai found in Japanese folklore, with a monkey. According to legend she raised the orphan Kintaro. Lotus leaves and ruyi motifs are rendered on the feet and mouth rims. The vases are both signed in a rectangular reserve. Miyao Eisuke, founder of the Miyao Company of Yokohama, was a prolific producer of patinated and gilded bronze sculptures and objects. His works often depicted characters from Japanese legend and mythology. The vases are in very good condition with natural patina and hardly any signs of wear. The base of one vase shows traces of soldering. Each height measures 37 cm.

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Magnificent Silver Armorial Nine-Piece Tea Set, Japan, Meiji

Lot 5: Magnificent Silver Armorial Nine-Piece Tea Set, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Auction announcements 02th May 2014 Lot 5: For this lot wrong prices were quoted. The correct estimate is €7,000.-, the starting price €3,400.-. Sterling silver Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Manufacturer: Miyamoto, Tokyo Each with 'jungin' standard mark (sterling) and maker's mark 'Miyamoto' on the base Comprising: teapot, coffee pot, chocolate pot, sugar canister, sugar tongs, creamer, réchaud and a large tray Each of octagonal section Engraved with a coat of arms: cockerel over chevron between three capercaillies above the motto sunt sua praemia laudi, translated as 'merit is its own reward' Fitted box Total weight: approx. 6.2 kg Height: 6 to 20 cm Width of the tablet: 58.5 cm Good condition Provenance: British private collection Silver tea set with an elegant design and of aristocratic provenance This nine-piece Japanese silver tea set was made in the Meiji period (1868-1912). It comprises a teapot, a coffee pot, a chocolate pot, a sugar canister, sugar tongs, a milk jug, a réchaud and a large tray adorned with fine hammer blow décor. Each piece is decorated with an engraved coat of arms depicting a cockerel crest over a chevron between three capercaillies. Underneath the motto sunt sua praemia laudi , usually translated as 'merit is its own reward', is visible. The coat of arms belongs to the Crowes, a family of English gentry from Suffolk with Irish connections and a long association with Germany. Each piece is marked with the 'jungin' standard mark (sterling) and maker's mark 'Miyamoto' on the base. The service comes in the fitted box. This Japanese sterling silver service is thought to be a present from Prince and Princess Chichibu to the British diplomat Eric Crowe and Virginia Teusler, daughter of a prominent American doctor in Japan, on the occasion of their wedding in Tokyo in 1932. The silver tea service is in good condition with slight signs of wear consistent with age. Small nicks, scratches and dents are found here and there. The height is between 6 to 20 cm and the tray has a width of 58.5 cm. The total weight is approx. 6.2 kg.

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Large Silver Punch Bowl, Floral Shape on a High Stand, Meiji

Lot 6: Large Silver Punch Bowl, Floral Shape on a High Stand, Meiji

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Description: Silver Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Manufacturer: Miyamoto, Tokyo 'Jungin' standard mark (sterling) and maker's mark 'Miyamoto' on the base Beautifully lobed design Elegant stemmed foot For export market Open work wooden stand and fitted box Weight: 2051 grams Dimensions: 24.5 x 32 cm Good condition Provenance: British private collection Elegant silver punch bowl in impressive size This large silver punch bowl was made in Japan and dates back to the Meiji period (1868-1912). The body stands on a round, stepped foot and the wall is decorated with floral elements in relief. The bowl is crowned by an accented mouth rim. The base is hallmarked with the 'jungin' standard mark (sterling) and maker's mark 'Miyamoto'. The large silver bowl comes with an open work wooden stand and a matching box. The silver bowl is in good condition with only slight signs of wear consistent with age, such as minor scratches and nicks here and there. The height measures 24.5 cm and the width is 32 cm.

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Shigaraki Ware Tea Caddy by Ueda Naokata IV (1898-1975), Japan

Lot 7: Shigaraki Ware Tea Caddy by Ueda Naokata IV (1898-1975), Japan

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Description: Fired and glazed earthenware This item can only be delivered to an address within the EU Japan, 20th century Base with impressed maker's mark by Ueda Naokata IV (1899-1975) Streaked with an ash glaze firing to a leafy green tone With an ivory lid Height: 7.5 cm Good condition Provenance: Private collection, London Lovely little jar from one of 'The Six Old Kilns' in Japan This earthenware tea caddy was made in Shigaraki, a region in Japan, which has been famous for pottery making since ancient times. In Shigaraki the oldest potting families that continue today are the Takahashi and Ueda potters. Today the Ueda family is in the fifth generation. The present jar, impressed with the maker's mark on the underside, was made by Ueda Naokata IV (1898-1975) who studied with his father Naokata III, known for his Ko-Shigaraki (Old Shigaraki) renditions. The rustic tea caddy is streaked with an ash glaze firing to a leafy green tone and has an ivory lid. The tea caddy is in good condition with light wear. It measures 7.5 cm in height.

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Matsudaira Shungaku (1828-1890), Fan Painting, Landscape, Japan

Lot 8: Matsudaira Shungaku (1828-1890), Fan Painting, Landscape, Japan

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Description: Ink and color on paper, mounted on cardboard Japan, 19th century Matsudaira Shungaku (1828-1890) - Japanese daimyo of the Edo period Signature 'Shungaka' and seal 'Tsugusugi' along the upper margin Finely painted lake landscape with inscription Framed under mat Dimensions, matted: 33 x 59 cm Good condition Provenance: Private collection, Hamburg Fine fan painting of a landscape with two lines of poetry This delicate fan painting by Matsudaira Shungaku (1828-1890) depicts a landscape with pine trees. High mountains rise in the background behind the quiet lake where a lonely figure can be discerned in a boat. The artist has rendered the scene with delicate brushstrokes and pale colors. Above the image an inscription reads: 'Leaning his oar is a poet - not returning. The misty waters of the lake become his home.' The work is signed 'Shungaka' and bears the stamp 'Tsugusugi' in red along the upper margin. The painting is in good condition. The sheet is mounted on a gold speckled cardboard. The mat measures 33 x 59 cm, the cardboard measures 29.5 x 56 cm. The painting has a maximum width of 51 cm.

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Set of Three Fan Paintings of Birds and Flowers, Japan, 19th C

Lot 9: Set of Three Fan Paintings of Birds and Flowers, Japan, 19th C

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Description: Ink, color and gilding on paper, mounted on cardboard Japan, 19th century Each with artist's signature and seal Exquisite paintings with lifelike exotic birds and flowers Framed and glazed Dimensions, framed: 39 x 64.5 cm Provenance: Private collection, Hamburg A fine collection of detailed depictions of various birds with flora This ensemble comprises three Japanese fan paintings, each showing a representation of various exotic birds with plants. The colorful plumage as well as the flowers and trees are rendered in bright colors and with exquisite detail. Accents in gold color refine the paintings. Each sheet bears the artist's signature and red seal. The sheets are in fair condition, all with creases and partly with tears. One sheet shows a restoration to the inscription. The colors are well preserved. The sheets are mounted on cardboard and permanently fixed under a mat. The framed works measure 39 x 64.5 cm. The image section has a maximum width of 51.5 cm.

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Japanese Color Woodcuts by Three Masters of Ukiyo-e, 20th C

Lot 10: Japanese Color Woodcuts by Three Masters of Ukiyo-e, 20th C

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Description: Color woodblock prints on paper Japan, 20th century Tokuriki Tomikichirô (1902-2000), Hiroshige Utagawa (1842-1894) and Kawese Hasu (1883-1957) - Japanese woodblock printmakers Each with artist's signature and various seals Format: oban yoko-e Depicting an Imperial palace scene, a landscape with peasants and a mountain village in the rain respectively Good condition Provenance: German private collection Collector's set of colorful, well defined woodcuts by Japanese masters of the ukiyo-e genre The present set comprises a woodcut by Tokuriki Tomikichirô 徳力富吉郎 (1902-2000) titled Hiroshima Daihon'ei (Large Headquarters of the Imperial Army in Hiroshima) from the series Seichi shiseki meisho - 聖地史蹟名勝 - Scenes of Sacred Places and Historic Landmarks (sheet 47 of the series). The sheet bears the signature 'Tomikichirô gosaku' and the seal 'Tokuriki'. The print was published by Uchida and dates to 1940. A further print is a work after Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (1797-1858) titled Yawata - 八幡 from the series Kisokaidô rokujûkyû eki 木曾街道六十九駅 (The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road). The left upper corner bears the signature 'Hiroshige ga', the seal 'Utagawa' as well as the censor stamp 'Kiwame' and the publisher's stamp 'Kinjudô (Iseya Rihei)'. The original woodcut dates around 1835-38 (Tenpô 6-9). The present sheet is a so-called Fukusei hanga , a reprint from the 20th century. The third woodblock print is by Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883-1957) titled Beppu Kankai-ji - 別府観海寺 (Kankai-ji Temple in Beppu). The sheet bears the signature 'Hasui' as well as the seal 'Kawase'. It was published by Bijutsusha and dates around 1927. The three color woodcuts are overall in good condition. They show handling creases, partly with losses to the corners due to a former mounting. The sheet by Tomikichirô shows three small tears (5-7 cm) to the upper margin. The dimensions are approx. 28.7 x 41.7 cm (Tomikichirô), 27.6 x 39.5 cm (Hiroshige) and 26.2 x 38.5 cm (Hasui). Due to the legal obligation for the resale royalty in the art market the following applies: As a result of its membership in the AV Kunst, Auctionata charges additionally to the hammer price the contribution to the AV Kunst of currently 2.1% of the revenues from the sale of fine arts and photographs pro rata towards the buyer. More information about royalty right in our T&C.

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Collection of 38 Scroll Paintings, Qing & Meiji

Lot 11: Collection of 38 Scroll Paintings, Qing & Meiji

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Description: Auction announcements 21st May 2014 Lot 11 consists of only 37 scroll paintings. The calligraphy was withdrawn. Ink and color on paper or silk, mounted as hanging scrolls China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) and later After Qi Baishi and others Depicting a variety of attractive scenes including landscapes, flowers, animals and figures One a print and one a calligraphy Each with artist's seal and some with calligraphy in the image Mounted on paper in a silk or paper frame Five in a matching box Handles made of wood, bone or porcelain Partly labeled or inscribed on the reverse Overall dimensions: approx. 116-200 x 39-61 cm Image size: approx. 32-133 x 28-55 cm Provenance: German private collection Extensive ensemble with different presentations; a real surprise box for every collector This set contains 38 scroll paintings, which were mostly made during the Chinese Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) or the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912). The motifs are pictured in ink and color on paper or silk. Shown are works after Qi Baishi and other artists. Various scenes of landscapes with hikers and cranes, flowers, such as bamboo or cherry blossoms, different animals and figures are visible. To be mentioned are a fine monochrome landscape with subtle color accents and a still life with calligraphy in the style of Qi Baishi (1864-1957), one of the most famous Chinese painters of the 20th century and a pioneer of modernism. An illustration of two cranes under a pine tree appears particularly fine. The birds - as symbols of longevity - and their environment are rendered in soft colors and with delicate brush strokes. Another work depicts a pomegranate tree with a small bird, rendered with a free brushwork in various shades of gray. Very colorful in contrast appears the representation of a Geisha dressed in a fine gown with a playful kitten frolicking at her feet. A small landscape scene with a temple, framed by the gnarled branches of a pine tree in the foreground, is also painted in vibrant color on silk. On a slightly older scroll painting a wild tiger can be seen. In Chinese art the tiger has always been a very popular motif, for it combines both ferocity and beauty. Each item is provided with an artist's signature and seals. Also fine calligraphy can be seen in some paintings. Five scrolls come in their matching boxes and the handles are made of wood, bone or porcelain. The paintings are labeled or inscribed on the reverse and mounted on paper in a silk or paper frame. The ensemble of the scrolls is in generally good condition with some clearer signs of age and wear. Restorations, tears, stains, missing handle and kinks can be seen. The overall dimensions are approx. 116-200 x 39-61 cm and the image size measures approx. 32-133 x 28-55 cm. Due to the legal obligation for the resale royalty in the art market the following applies: As a result of its membership in the AV Kunst, Auctionata charges additionally to the hammer price the contribution to the AV Kunst of currently 2.1% of the revenues from the sale of fine arts and photographs pro rata towards the buyer. More information about royalty right in our T&C.

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Collection of 3 Paintings & 1 Woodcut, China, 1st half 20th C

Lot 12: Collection of 3 Paintings & 1 Woodcut, China, 1st half 20th C

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Description: Ink and watercolor on paper, cardboard or silk, color woodcut China, 1st half of the 20th Century Paintings signed by Shanghzi and Luoyang Shanmin Color woodcut by Wang Xuetao (1903-1982) Various artists' seals Partly mounted on paper and with silk brocade frame Sheet size: 22-31 cm x 17-20 cm (h x w) Provenance: Italian private collection Lovely collection of four classical themes from Chinese art This collection of three Chinese paintings and one color woodcut was created in the first half of the 20th century. The paintings were executed with ink and watercolor on paper, cardboard or silk. They depict different motifs from the animal kingdom as well as traditional Chinese landscapes. One painting shows an exotic bird on the branch of a pine tree, the two others depict idealized Chinese landscapes with pagodas in a dense forest or small sailboats in a vast lake scenery. The print shows four cheerful silkworms on leaves of the mulberry and some chrysalis. One work is mounted on paper and framed with silk brocade. All works carry seal stamps and are signed by Shanghzi, Luoyang Wang Shanmin or marked with Xuetao (1903-1982). The works show the usual signs of age and wear, such as water stains, browning, foxing, creases and marginal blemishes. The height of the works ranges from 22 to 31 cm and the width from 17 to 20 cm.

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Carved Jade Figure of a Ram, China, Ming Dynasty

Lot 13: Carved Jade Figure of a Ram, China, Ming Dynasty

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Description: Carved jade China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) Exquisitely carved with lifelike detail Typical sheen of a hand-polished piece Translucent pale celadon color mottled with brown flecks Dimensions: 4 x 7 cm Provenance: Private collection, Berlin Good condition Finely worked figurine with exquisite polish This Chinese jade carving represents a ram and dates to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The figure is carved all around, in harmonious proportions and with lifelike detail. It is characterized by a translucent, pale celadon color mottled with brown flecks and shows the typical sheen of a hand-polished piece. The figure is in good condition with only minor signs of wear. The surface is shiny and oily, a sign of authenticity - which brings to bear the exceptional polish of the stone. It measures 4 cm in height and 7 cm in length.

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White Jade Pendant of an Archaic Bat on a Lingzhi Mushroom Qing

Lot 14: White Jade Pendant of an Archaic Bat on a Lingzhi Mushroom Qing

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Description: White jade with mottled ochre colored inclusions China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) or earlier Fine chasing and relief carving Fine polish and oily surface Open work on one wing Dimension: 5.5 x 6.5 cm (height x width) Very good condition Provenance: Private collection Precious jade pendant in fine, highly detailed craftsmanship with symbols of longevity This Chinese jade figure dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) or earlier. The figure is made of white jade with mottled ochre colored inclusions and was hand carved from one piece. On a large lingzhi mushroom a small, archaic bat is rendered. The jade is completely crafted in a detailed carving. Open work is visible on one wing and there the pendant can be attached to a ribbon. The jade figure is in very good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The jade is of translucent quality. The surface is shiny and oily, a sign of authenticity - which brings to bear the exceptional polish of the stone. The pendant has a height of 5.5 cm as well as a width of 6.5 cm.

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White Jade Figure in shape of Parrott on a Branch, China, Qing

Lot 15: White Jade Figure in shape of Parrott on a Branch, China, Qing

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Description: White Jade China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) Fine chasing and relief carving Partly open work Fine polish and oily surface Dimension: 6 x 3 cm (height x width) Very good condition Provenance: Private collection Elegant pendant in opaque white color and fine carving This Chinese jade figure dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The figure is made of hand-carved white jade and shows a parrot on a branch. The latter shows open work and flowers are visible on the sides. The bird and the branch are worked in fine detail and represent an impressive relief carving. Through a tied band the pendant can be worn. The white jade figure is in very good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The jade has a snowy white color and is of translucent quality. The surface is shiny and oily, a sign of authenticity - which brings to bear the exceptional polish of the stone. The parrot has a height of 6 cm as well as a width of 3 cm.

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Celadon Jade Pendant of an Archaic Mythical Creature, Qing

Lot 16: Celadon Jade Pendant of an Archaic Mythical Creature, Qing

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Description: Celadon Jade with mottled ochre colored inclusions China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) - or earlier Fine chasing and relief carving Fine polish and oily surface Two side holes for attaching on a string Dimension: 6 x 4 cm (height x width) Very good condition Provenance: Private collection Gorgeous pendant with fine details on both sides This Chinese jade figure dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) or earlier. The figure is made of celadon color hand carved jade with mottled ochre colored inclusions and is an ideal worry stone. Shown is an archaic mythical creature with a smiling expression. Cloud-shaped detail adorns both side and two side holes for attaching can be found in the upper area. The jade figure is in very good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The jade has a showy white color and is of translucent quality. The surface is shiny and oily, a sign of authenticity - which brings to bear the exceptional polish of the stone. The pendant has a height of 6 cm as well as a width of 4 cm.

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Two Matched Pierced Jade Pendants in Pale Celadon tone, Qing

Lot 17: Two Matched Pierced Jade Pendants in Pale Celadon tone, Qing

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Description: Carved jade China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Well carved and pierced in 18th century style Each similarly carved with a central figure within an elaborate surround The translucent stone of very pale celadon tone Height: 5 to 5.5 cm Good condition Provenance: Danish private collection Lovely jade open work carvings in celadon nuances These two jade carvings were made in China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The translucent colors of the stones show a pale celadon tone. The well carved pieces are pierced and made in 18th century style. Each stone is similarly worked with a central figure within an elaborate surround of dragons or tendrils. The jade carvings are in good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The surface has a gleaming, oily appearance which is usual only for original pieces - displaying the excellent polish of the stone. The height measures from 5 to 5.5 cm.

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Two Matched Pierced Jade Belt Finials in Circular Shape, Qing

Lot 18: Two Matched Pierced Jade Belt Finials in Circular Shape, Qing

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Description: Carved jade China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Beautifully pierced and carved from one piece Each of circular form with a central elaborate motif Translucent white stone Diameter: 5 cm Good condition Provenance: Danish private collection Round and open work jade carvings in white nuances These two jade belt finials were made in China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The stones have a white and gorgeous translucent color. Both pieces are beautifully pierced in the center and carved from one piece. Tendril ornaments and Chinese inscription on one back are visible. The jade carvings are in good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The surface has a gleaming, oily appearance which is usual only for original pieces - displaying the excellent polish of the stone. Each diameter measures 5 cm.

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Three Archaistic Jade Carvings of Mystical Creatures, Qing

Lot 19: Three Archaistic Jade Carvings of Mystical Creatures, Qing

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Description: Carved jade China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) or slightly later Comprising: a rhyton, a chilong brush washer and a qilin surmounted by a phoenix Traditional carvings following ancient prototypes from the Han and Ming dynasties The stones varying in tone from pale celadon with russet inclusions to apple green jadeite Dimensions: 9 to 12 cm Good condition Provenance: Danish private collection Finely elaborated jade stones of the mystical creatures in different nuances These three jade carvings were made in China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) or slightly later. The set comprises a rhyton with a mystical creature, a chilong brush washer and a qilin figure surmounted by a phoenix. The figures show open work and the color of the stones varying from pale celadon with russet inclusions to apple green. These traditional carvings are following the ancient prototypes from the Han and Ming dynasties. The jade carvings are in good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The surface has a gleaming, oily appearance which is usual only for original pieces - showcasing the excellent polish of the stone. The dimension measures from 9 to 12 cm. Qilin The Qilin is known as one of the four Chinese miracle creatures. It is a chimera animal - a sort of stag with a dragon's head and ox hooves combined with a lion's head and a carp's beard. Even though the beast is thought to be rather large, it is known to be able to walk on grass without breaking it or crushing bugs. Fitting this, the Qilin is also known to live off a strict vegetarian diet. Its name is a combination of the male Qi and the female Lin and thus incorporates the principle of Yin and Yang and the dualism of the sexes. According to Chinese mythology, Qilins can turn thousand years old. The first Qilin was apparently caught back at Confuzius' time, but was immediately killed - much to the philosopher's disappointment. Lacking any comparable animals, the Chinese called the first giraffe they saw a Qilin - it was brought to China by the famous seafarer Zheng He (1371-1433/35) who brought the animal from one of his journeys to his emperor Yongle (1360-1424). Until today, giraffes are actually called kirin in Japanese and Korean.

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Two Ming Style Jades of a Horse and a Lingzhi Fungus, Qing

Lot 20: Two Ming Style Jades of a Horse and a Lingzhi Fungus, Qing

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Description: Carved jade China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Finely carved horse and monkey group The translucent stone of very pale celadon tone with flecks of russet Typical Ming style stone of a lingzhi fungus with a round wooden base The stone of mottled tones from celadon to dark brown Dimensions: 7.5 to 9 cm Good condition Provenance: Danish private collection Green and pale celadon jade stones, each finely carved in the Form of an animal or a lingzhi, the symbol of longevity These two jade carvings came from China and date back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). They were made in the style of the Ming dynasty and represented is a finely carved horse with a monkey on its back. This carving has a translucent color of very pale celadon with flecks of russet. Also a lingzhi fungus on a round wooden base is rendered and shows mottled tones from celadon to dark brown. The jade carvings are in good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The surface has a gleaming, oily appearance which is usual only for original pieces - displaying the excellent polish of the stone. The horse measures 7.5 cm in width and the lingzhi, without base, has a height of 9 cm.

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Two Pale Celadon Jade Carvings of a Seal and a Pendant, Qing

Lot 21: Two Pale Celadon Jade Carvings of a Seal and a Pendant, Qing

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Description: Carved jade China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) or slightly later Seal surmounted by a chilong Pierced jade pendant roundel with a spinning chilong Translucent pale celadon stone, the seal with flecks of russet Dimensions: 5 to 6 cm Good condition Provenance: Danish private collection Elegant and finely carved jade stones of the chilong dragon These two jade carvings were crafted in China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) or slightly later. Rendered is a seal surmounted by an open work chilong as well as a pierced pendant with a roundel of a spinning chilong dragon . Each stone shows a translucent pale celadon color and the seal is suffused with flecks of russet. The jade carvings are in good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The surface has a gleaming, oily appearance which is usual only for original pieces - displaying the excellent polish of the stone. The seal measures 6 cm in width and the pendant has a diameter of 5 cm.

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Bronze Belt Hook, Two Carvings of Jade and Agate, Han and Qing

Lot 22: Bronze Belt Hook, Two Carvings of Jade and Agate, Han and Qing

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Description: Bronze, jade and agate China, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and late Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Belt hook encrusted with a rich patina of malachite green Jade Ming style crane with a lingzhi fungus The stone typical of that sourced in the Ming dynasty, of mottled celadon and brown tones An agate brush washer in the form of a monkey and peach Length of the belt hook: 7 cm Width of the carvings: 6 to 8 cm Good condition Provenance: Danish private collection Finely carved figures in gorgeous colors as well as a belt hook with beautiful patina These two Chinese carvings were made of jade and agate and date back the late Qing dynasty. The small collection also comprises a bronze belt hook from the Han dynasty. The latter is encrusted with a rich patina of malachite green and shows Chinese inscription on the back. The jade carving of mottled celadon and brown tones is made in form of a Ming style crane with a lingzhi fungu. The finely worked agate brush washer shows on its side a monkey and peach. The carvings as well as the belt hook are in good condition with only slight any signs of wear. Length of the belt hook is 7 cm and the two carving measures from 6 to 8 cm.

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5 Jade and Agate Carvings with Animals, Qing

Lot 23: 5 Jade and Agate Carvings with Animals, Qing

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Description: Carved jade and agate China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) or somewhat later Jade archaistic rhyton Square belt hook Agate brush washer with boys and bats 'Mutton fat jade' belt hook with flecks of turquoise Boar with a parrot Width: 4 to 14 cm Height: 2 to 7 cm Good condition Provenance: Danish private collection Good carvings imitating traditional Han, Ming and Qing dynasty styles These five Chinese carvings were made of jade and agate during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) or somewhat later. Rendered is an archaistic jade rhyton , a square belt hook with figures and a so called 'mutton fat jade' belt hook with flecks of turquoise in form of a mother dragon with his child. Included is also an agate brush washer with boys and bats as well as a boar with a parrot on its back. The color ranges from a translucent white with russet inclusions to a pale green celadon tone. The carving show partly open work and a fine, detailed craftsmanship. The carvings are in good condition with only slight any signs of wear. The width measures from 4 to 14 cm and the height varies from 2 to 7 cm.

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Jade Carvings of a Bi Disc, a Foo Dog and a Figure, Qing

Lot 24: Jade Carvings of a Bi Disc, a Foo Dog and a Figure, Qing

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Description: Carved jade China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Finely carved in high relief In the form of a bi disc, supporting a chilong and lingzhi fungus Further jade carvings of a fisherwoman and a Buddhist Lion The pale celadon stone with russet inclusions Width of the bi disc: 8 cm Dimensions of the further carvings: 5.5 to 6.5cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Lovely jade carvings in celadon nuances and finely carved in high relief These three jade carvings were made in China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The translucent colors range from a green to a pale celadon color with partly russet inclusions. Represented is a bi disc, supporting a chilong and lingzhi fungus as well as a fisherwoman and a Buddhist lion, also known as a Foo Dog. The jade carvings are in good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The width of the bi disc is 8 cm and the other figures measures from 5.5 to 6.5 cm.

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Group of Three Carved Jade Archer's Thumb Rings, Qing

Lot 25: Group of Three Carved Jade Archer's Thumb Rings, Qing

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Description: Carved jade China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century Variously carved with shou characters, trigrams and animals Celadon and white jade with russet inclusions Diameter: 2.5 to 3 cm Very good condition Provenance: German private collection Three celadon colored rings in different sizes, each with a fine carved pattern This collection of three celadon colored archer's rings was made in the Chinese Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The rings show appealing variations in color as well as in form and they feature a sober shape. The surface is variously carved with shou characters, trigrams and animals. The surfaces of the jade archer's rings have an appealing, oily appearance which is usual only for original pieces - exhibiting the excellent polish of the stone. The three rings are in good condition with minor signs of use. The diameter varies between 2.5 and 3 cm.

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Circular Celadon Jade Pendant with Cloud Décor, Qing

Lot 26: Circular Celadon Jade Pendant with Cloud Décor, Qing

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Description: Carved jade China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Circular form Finely carved with a cloud motif Imperial quality The translucent stone of an even pale celadon tone Mounted with a silver loop Diameter: 5.5 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Graceful jade stone carving with an elegant pale celadon color This Chinese jade carving has a circular form and was made during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The translucent stone shows an even pale celadon tone and can be mounted on a silver loop on the top. Finely carved cloud motifs are visible there as well. The jade is in good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The diameter of jade pendant is 5.5 cm.

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Jade Necklace in Slight Translucent, Light Green Nuances, Qing

Lot 27: Jade Necklace in Slight Translucent, Light Green Nuances, Qing

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Description: Jade / Jadeite China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) 68 threaded beads Each individually knotted Translucent light green celadon color Diameter of pearls: 10 mm Length: approx. 91 cm Very good condition Provenance: German private collection Gorgeous piece of jewelry in a balanced design This attractive jade necklace consists of individually knotted beads on a single strand and comes from China. The beads have a translucent light green celadon color, which shows partly apple green nuances. The precious jewel was made of a total of 68 jade beads and has an appealing surface. The jadeite necklace is in very good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The diameter of the beads measures approx. 10 mm and the total length of the necklace is 91 cm.

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Pale Celadon Jade Pendant of an Immortal with a Monkey, Qing

Lot 28: Pale Celadon Jade Pendant of an Immortal with a Monkey, Qing

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Description: Celadon jade and carnelian China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) In the form of an immortal with a monkey on the shoulder Very decorative Brocade applied with jade and carnelian beads Length of the pendant: 5 cm Total length of the necklace: 106 cm Very good condition Provenance: German private collection The stone shows a predominantly pale celadon and is hand carved in fine open work This Chinese jade pendant has a pale celadon color of a translucent quality and dates back to the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Rendered is a hand carved immortal with a monkey on his shoulder in open work. The pendant comes on a knotted brocade ribbon, decorated with jade and carnelian beads. The jade pendant is in very good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The length of the pendant is 5 cm and the total length of the necklace measures 106 cm.

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Silver Chatelaine with Two Carnelian Pendants, Qing

Lot 29: Silver Chatelaine with Two Carnelian Pendants, Qing

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Description: Silver, silver plated metal China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) The lock in the shape of a ruyi head Chatelaine in silver repoussé work Two carnelian pendants in form of peaches Silver plated circlet Weight of the lock: 33.75 grams Overall dimension: 22 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Decorated chatelaine in fine repoussé work - on one side with precious objects, on the other with an inscription This Chinese chatelaine is made of silver with a silver plated circlet and was made in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The lock has the shape of a ruyi head and the sides are ornate in fine repoussé work. On the one hand precious objects and on the other Chinese inscription are visible in relief. The circlet is decorated laterally with two carnelian pendants in form of peaches and the lower ends are crowned by butterflies. The Chatelaine is good condition with only slight signs of wear consistent with age such as light scratches and small nicks on the carnelian pendants. The silver weight of the lock is 33.75 grams and the total length measures 22 cm.

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Gold Necklace with Ruby, Diamond and Pearl, Rajasthan, 19th C

Lot 30: Gold Necklace with Ruby, Diamond and Pearl, Rajasthan, 19th C

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Description: 18 carat Gold, diamond, ruby, red topaz, pearl India - Rajasthan, 19th century Finely worked with a row of florettes between two rows of seed pearls A crescent moon and flower pendant with seed pearl tassels Total weight: 78.90 grams Length: 25 cm (excluding the brocade cord) Good condition Provenance: German private collection A fine example of the high quality Indian jewelry craftsmanship This fine 18 karat gold necklace was made in Rajasthan and dates to the 19th century. The finely worked elements are shown on a row of florettes between two rows of seed pearls. Five rubies or red topaz set a fire in each ornament. The pendant in the middle of the necklace has a crescent moon and a flower pendant with seed pearl tassels. The necklace is in good condition with usual signs of wear consistent with age. The length without brocade cord measures 25 cm and the total length is 80 cm. The total weight is 78.90 grams.

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Five Enameled Silver-Gilt Filigree Finger Guards, 1920s

Lot 31: Five Enameled Silver-Gilt Filigree Finger Guards, 1920s

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Description: Silver, silver-gilt, paktong, enamel colors, semi-precious stones China, around 1920 Very fine silver-gilt filigree Beautifully enameled decoration Embellished with semi-precious stones including malachite, turquoise, coral and jadeite Three adapted for use as a broach Pair of enameled Paktong finger guards Three silver finger guards marked with 'silver' Total weight of the three silver items: 40.90 grams Length: 7 to 8.5 cm. Good condition Provenance: German private collection Utensils of this kind were absolutely essential for a courtly lady These five finger guards were made in China in the 1920s. They are made of silver, silver-gilt and copper-nickel, known in china as paktong. Each top is adorned with inlays of semi-precious stones including malachite, turquoise, coral and jadeite. Beautifully enameled decoration is also found between the inlays. The very fine silver-gilt filigree shows open work and the nail protector was worn by fine ladies to protect their fingernails; they were a sign of their wealth, demonstrating that they did not have to work with their hands. Three protectors adapted for use as a broach. The nail protectors are in good condition with only slight signs of wear consisted with age such as enamel abrasion. Three silver finger guards marked with 'silver' on the underside and their total weight is 40.90 grams. The length measures from 7 to 8.5 cm.

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Three Embellished Silver and Gilt Filigree Bracelets, Qing

Lot 32: Three Embellished Silver and Gilt Filigree Bracelets, Qing

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Description: Silver, silver gilt and jadeite, enamel China, late Qing dynasty (1644-1219) Finely worked Exquisite enamel colors Cabouchon jadeite stones Each claps marked 'Silver' Total weight: 136.75 grams Length: 8.5 to 9.5 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Gorgeous jewelry, decorated with floral ornaments and made in a delicate craftsmanship These three Chinese bracelets date to the period of the late Qing dynasty (1644-1219) and are made of silver or gilt silver. Each piece of jewelry is made in filigree work and adorned with jade stones in cabouchon cut. These are surrounded by floral tendrils in relief and delicate enamel colors. Each clasp is hallmarked inside with 'Silver' and has a fine safety chain. The bracelets are in good condition with slight signs of wear consistent with age such as little loss of email here and there. The length of the bracelets ranges from 8.5 to 9.5 cm.

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Elegant Zitan Moon-Viewing Chair with Sliding Footrest, Qing

Lot 33: Elegant Zitan Moon-Viewing Chair with Sliding Footrest, Qing

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Description: Zitan wood China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 18th/19th century Beautiful grain Fine patina Dimensions: 81.5 x 72.5 x 56 cm Visually good condition Provenance: German private collection A rare piece of furniture of simple elegance This Chinese moon-viewing chair dates to the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The chair is of plain elegant form simple, showcasing the beautiful wood grain, which has a strong brown color with shades of red. The armrests are designed in the shape of a horseshoe. The narrow, slightly curved backrest rises into a round headrest with carved sides. Under the rectangular seat there is a sliding nested footrest. Openwork aprons made of partly curved rods adorn all sides. It is the combination of round and square elements which makes this rare piece of furniture particularly attractive. The chair is in good condition good, restored condition with minor signs of wear. It has a back height of 81.5 cm, a width of 72.5 cm, seat depth 56 cm and a seat height of 43 cm. The foot rest measures 42 cm in depth.

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Pair of Zitan Chairs with Finely Carved Back Panels, Qing

Lot 34: Pair of Zitan Chairs with Finely Carved Back Panels, Qing

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Description: Zitan wood China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 18th/19th century Back panels with relief carving Partly openwork Beautiful grain Fine patina Dimensions: 103.5 x 51 x 35 cm Visually good condition Provenance: German private collection Elegant pair of chairs with finely worked backrests This pair of Chinese chairs dates to the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and features an elegant design, which combines curved and straight formal elements. The backrests shows a central panel with a relief carving depicting scholarly objects. The panels are held by openwork ruyi elements. The rectangular seats with plain aprons rest on four square legs. The chairs are in good, restored condition. They have a back height of 103.5 cm, a width of 51 cm, seat depth 35 cm and a seat height of 51 cm.

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Kang Table with Four Small Drawers, China, 20th C

Lot 35: Kang Table with Four Small Drawers, China, 20th C

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Description: Elmwood China, presumably 20th century Noble design Two small drawers on both sides Beautiful patina Dimensions: 47 x 80.5 x 80.5 cm Visually good condition Provenance: German private collection A stylish and timeless piece of furniture This so-called kang table was crafted in China from Elmwood. It is elegantly designed and of a deep yellow brown color with a beautiful grain. The square table top rests on four short square legs with accentuated feet. There are two drawers with plain brass pulls on two sides. These kinds of tables were traditionally used by the 'kang' (fireplace) to hold tea, meals and other everyday items. The table has been restored and is in visually good condition with minimal wear. Fine fissures in the top have been restored. The table measures 47 cm in height und 80.5 cm in length and width.

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Opulent Armchair with Carved Dragon Decoration, China, Qing

Lot 36: Opulent Armchair with Carved Dragon Decoration, China, Qing

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Description: Rosewood China, late Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Sumptuous carving Partly openwork Beautiful grain Fine patina Dimensions: 107 x 44 x 58 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection A wonderful example of the Chinese art of carving This Chinese armchair dates to the late Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and enthralls with its elaborate carvings. The backrest is richly carved with a dense dragon decoration. The writhing, scaly bodies of the mythical creatures are rendered in the finest manner. Further motifs include archaic bats and turtles, known as a symbol for longevity in Chinese iconology. The opulently carved armrests end in sculptured dragon heads. The solid body rests on short cabriole legs connected by a partly open work apron, all elaborately decorated with rich carving. The chair is in good condition with some signs of wear. It has a back height of 107 cm, a width of 44 cm, seat depth 58 cm and a seat height of 46 cm.

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Magnificent and large 'Canton' Enamel Ruyi Scepter, Qing

Lot 37: Magnificent and large 'Canton' Enamel Ruyi Scepter, Qing

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Description: Enameled Copper China, late Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Finely enameled with a phoenix, dragons and bats amongst clouds 'Famille-rose' enamels on an imperial yellow ground Length: 39.5 cm Good condition with minor restorations Provenance: British private collection The scepter traditionally has a head shaped like a cloud or lingzhi fungus, symbolizing power and good fortune This 'Canton' ruyi scepter dates back to the late Qing dynasty (1644-1912). It is made of copper with polychrome 'Famille-rose' enamel colors on an imperial yellow ground. The word 'ruyi' means 'as you wish' and in this case the scepter is adorned with phoenixes, dragons and bats amongst clouds. The scepter is in good condition with slight signs of wear consistent with age such as some tiny touch-ups, which are hardly noticeable, and some minor restorations here and there. The length measures 39.5 cm.

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Canton Tripod Censer 'Ding' with Enamel Colors, China, 20th C

Lot 38: Canton Tripod Censer 'Ding' with Enamel Colors, China, 20th C

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Description: Gilt copper and enamel colors China, 20th century Underside with a retrospective six character mark of Qianlong in relief Brightly enameled bands of key-fret and peacock feather lappets Chilong and upright loop handles Interior applied with white enamel Height: 18.5 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Richly decorated vessel in bright colors with chilong handles on the side This incense burner was made in China during the 20th century. It consists of gilded copper and is decorated with bright enamel colors. The censer is assigned to the ding group vessels and was used as ritual cult objects in sacrificial rites. In this case, the incense burner is supported by three feet, on which the bulbous body rises. Laterally two chilong handles as well as two upright loops on the mouth rim are visible. Encircling enameled bands of key-fret and peacock feather lappets set color accents on the entire wall. On the underside the retrospective six-character mark of the Qianlong period is visible in relief. The incense burner is in good condition with slight signs of wear consistent with age such as some losses to enamel in the interior as well as scratches and notches here and there. The height measures 18.5 cm.

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Rare Iron with Encircling Shou Character, Ming

Lot 39: Rare Iron with Encircling Shou Character, Ming

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Description: Cast iron, bronze China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) Rare piece Detailed casting with two bands of shou characters on a diaper ground Handle fitting cast with a ferocious mask Base plated with bronze Dimensions: 10 x 22 cm Good condition Provence: South German private collection Decorated wall with quatrefoil elements in high relief This dark patinated iron is a rare piece from China, which was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). On a round base of bronze the cylindrical body rises and forms a sweeping outwards mouth rim. The fitting cast handle is decorated with a fearsome mask. The wall of the iron shows two bands of shou characters on a diaper ground and each in a quatrefoil ornament. The Chinese iron is in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. It is quite pitted with little loss of material visible above the handle. The wooden handle is absent. The height is 10 cm and the width measures 22 cm.

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Finely Incised Silver Bowl with Copper Box, 19th Century

Lot 40: Finely Incised Silver Bowl with Copper Box, 19th Century

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Description: Silver, copper, brass Tibet / China, 19th century Elegant flared form Exquisitely chased with exotic birds amidst fruiting branches Inside fitted copper box with hinged cover Diameter bowl: 13.3 cm Weight bowl: approx. 200 grams Diameter box: 15 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection A fine silver bowl with delicate chased decoration The silver bowl of elegant flared form is exquisitely chased with exotic birds amidst fruiting branches. The birds' plumage and the individual flower petals are rendered in the most delicate manner. The bowl is offered together with a fitted copper box with brass fittings. The top of the hinged cover is adorned with scroll ornamentation. The bowl and box are on good condition with signs of wear consisted with age. The copper box shows some dents. The diameter of the bowl is 13.3 cm, it weighs approx. 200 grams. The diameter of the box is 15 cm.

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Pierced Silverplated Box and Cover with Floral Décor, Qing

Lot 41: Pierced Silverplated Box and Cover with Floral Décor, Qing

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Description: Silverplated metal China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Makers mark on the underside Of ogee shape Finely pierced with an intricate design Exotic birds amongst dense blossoming branches Hinged cover Dimensions: 8 x 20 x 11 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Richly decorated and open work box with flowers and bird décor This silverplated box with cover was made in China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The box has a rectangular shape with curved ogee shaped edges. The cover as well as the entire wall shows a finely open work with an intricate design in relief. Between the dense and the diverse flowering branches exotic birds are visible. On the underside in the center the makers mark can be seen. The box is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear. Small scratches here and there can be found. The height measures 8 cm, the width is 20 cm and depth is 11 cm.

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Ornamental Ink Stone with Gilt Dragon, China, Qing/Republic

Lot 42: Ornamental Ink Stone with Gilt Dragon, China, Qing/Republic

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Description: Pressed ink, lacquer, partially heightened in gold China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) / Republic period (1912-1949) Side with six character mark of Qianlong and a further inscription Five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl Reverse with a gilt inscription in relief Fitted box Diameter: 16 cm Good condition Provenance: Private collection Ornamental ink stone with imperial dragon motif This beautiful black and gold lacquered ink stone is very finely carved in relief with a ferocious five-clawed dragon - a symbol of the Emperor - chasing a 'flaming pearl' symbolizing good luck and prosperity. The dragon is picked out in gold on a black ground of overlapping clouds, the flames picked out in red pigment. The reverse bears an inscription in relief heightened in gilding. The side bears a retrospective six character mark of Qianlong and a further inscription 'A tribute [to the Emperor] by the subordinate Peng Yuanrui 彭元瑞 (1731-1803)'. During his lifetime Peng had many ink stones of this kind made. The ink stone is presented in a fitted box. The ink stone is in good condition with minor rubbing and some fine cracks. The box shows signs of age and wear. The diameter is 16 cm.

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Bronze Vessel 'Guang' in the Form of a Mythical Creature, Qing

Lot 43: Bronze Vessel 'Guang' in the Form of a Mythical Creature, Qing

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Description: Bronze with rich, natural patina China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) or earlier Fine chasing and relief carving In the shape of a mythical creature on four feet Open work handle also crafted as an animal Gorgeous, malachite green patina Weight: 1,4 kg Dimensions: 17 x 24 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Vessel in the style of an archaic bronze of the Shang dynasty This Chinese bronze vessel reminiscent of an archaic sacrificial or wine vessel from the Shang Dynasty in form of a so-called 'Guang'. The vessel has the shape of a mythical creature with erect ears, a beak and is standing on its four feet. The bulbous body of the animal is richly decorated by chasing and a fine relief carving. Archaic elements and geometric ornaments can be identified and the entire surface is coated with natural malachite green patina. The handle of the vessel shows open work and is also crafted in the form of an animal. The latter is located on the back of a mystical creature in front of a bird figure, which is framed by scrolled ornaments. The bronze vessel is in good condition with natural patina and slight signs of wear consistent with age. Minimal scratches at the upper edge and a tiny loss of material on the rear right leg is visible. The height is 17 cm and the width is 24 cm.

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Bronze Figure of a Guanyin, Seated in Padmasana, China, Ming

Lot 44: Bronze Figure of a Guanyin, Seated in Padmasana, China, Ming

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Description: Bronze China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) In deep meditation Rich patina On a two-tiered lotus pedestal Dimensions: 15.5 x 9.5 cm Provenance: German private collection Graceful representation of the goddess of compassion and kindness This dark patinated Chinese bronze figure shows Guanyin , the goddess of goodwill and compassion. She is seated on a two-tiered lotus pedestal in padmâsana , also called lotus position. The hands are placed in her lap, holding a pearl and form the gesture of meditation, called dhyana mudra. A pleated garment covers the goddess body and leaves the chest area bare. The Guanyin is rendered in deep meditation with half-closed eyes and delicate facial features. Her head is accentuated by a crown, where a topknot rises behind it. The bronze is in good condition with natural patina and signs of wear consistent with age. Little loss of material at the base, the back and on one tip of the crown is visible. Details to border of robe quite worn, other details possibly later reworked, minor pitting. The figure measures 15.5 cm in height and 9.5 cm in width. Guanyin Guanyin, 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, it transformed over the centuries to a maternal goddess with wondrous healing powers who bestows 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 roughly means "observer of the cries of the world".

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Hand Carved Marble Figure of a Guanyin, China, Qing

Lot 45: Hand Carved Marble Figure of a Guanyin, China, Qing

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Description: Marble, with russet inclusions China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) or slightly later Open work Serene facial expression Elegant stature Head surrounded by a flaming mandorla On a wavy base Bough on the 9th December 2000 at the Galerie Koller Auktionen, invoice available Weight: 114 kg Dimensions: 124 x 42 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection The outstanding carving depicts the goddess of compassion in deep meditation This marble figure of a Guanyin was crafted in Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) or slightly later. Guanyin is the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion. The deity is standing in the upright samabhanga position on a wavy base and is wearing a long pleated gown. The right hand is raised to her chest and holds a floral element, which climbed to her shoulder. The left hand encompasses a vase, which is supported by the mouth of the mythical creature. The fine open work ribbons of her garment are falling over the forearms and play around the entire figure. The goddess has a peaceful expression with half-closed eyes. Precious jewelry covers the body and a high headdress is visible in front of the precise elaborated hair, which is bound it in a high node. A flaming mandorla surrounded the Guanyin's head and is worked in a relief. The Guanyin is in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. Nicks at the edges and small notches are visible here and there. The height measures 124 cm and the width is 42 cm. The weight is 114 kg. Guanyin Guanyin, 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, it transformed over the centuries to a maternal goddess with wondrous healing powers who bestows 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 roughly means 'observer of the cries of the world'.

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Carved Wooden Sculpture of an Acupuncture Model, China, 20th C

Lot 46: Carved Wooden Sculpture of an Acupuncture Model, China, 20th C

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Description: Hand carved wood China, 20th century In the form of a semi naked man standing on a plinth The numerous acupuncture points pierced and clearly marked Height: 84 cm Good condition Provenance: Austrian private collection Sculpture carved and inscribed in fine detail These Chinese acupuncture or teaching sculpture is made of hand carved, painted wood and dates back to the 20th century. The figure is crafted in form of a semi naked man standing on a plinth. He is standing in an upright position with his hands pointing to the earth. He has a friendly face, which is accented by black and his hair tied in a bun. The numerous pierced acupuncture points are clearly marked and inscribed in Chinese. The acupuncture sculpture is in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. Drying cracks especially on the plinth and color abrasions are visible. The height measures 84 cm.

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Coffee Table with Two Drawers, China, Qing

Lot 47: Coffee Table with Two Drawers, China, Qing

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Description: Zitan wood and Hongmu-wood China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 18th century Noble design Butterfly fittings Dimensions: 50 x 89 x 89 cm Visually good condition Provenance: German private collection A tasteful and timeless piece of furniture with decorative fittings This coffee table is made of Zitan wood and Hongmu-wood. The square table top is supported by four beaded legs with accentuated feet. A sober design with clear lines and elegant proportions defines this piece of furniture. There are two drawers with decorative butterfly-shaped fittings on one side. The body shows the beautiful grain and a vivid orange-brown color. Thanks to the rectilinear design, the table can be wonderfully combined with traditional as well as modern living interiors. The table is in a visually good condition with wear consistent with age. There are traces of restoration. The table measures 50 x 89 x 89 cm (height x length x width).

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Three High Side Zitan Tables with Openwork Carving, China, Qing

Lot 48: Three High Side Zitan Tables with Openwork Carving, China, Qing

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Description: Zitan wood China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 18th / 19th century Underneath with maker's signature Partly openwork Beautiful grain Fine patina Dimensions: 80 x 41 x 31 cm Visually good condition Provenance: German private collection Rare trio of finely carved side tables These three high tables were crafted in China during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Made of zitan wood they exhibit a fine craftsmanship. The extravagant openwork aprons and spandrels are an eye-catching feature. The rectangular table tops each rest over a single shelf. The tall, narrow legs end in scroll feet. The undersides of the shelves each bear the carpenter's signature. The tables are in good, restored condition. The dimensions are 80 x 41 x 31 cm (height x width x depth).

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Sancai Glazed Pottery Wine Flask with Dragon Décor, China, Liao

Lot 49: Sancai Glazed Pottery Wine Flask with Dragon Décor, China, Liao

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Description: Glazed pottery Sancai glaze (amber, green and buff) China, Liao Dynasty (907-1125) Molded dragon medallion Incised decoration Fine craquelure Dimensions: 33 x 17 cm Good condition Provenance: Private collection Rare piece in bright colors, following the form of earlier animal skin example This Chinese ceramics wine bottle dates back to the Liao dynasty (907-1125). It shows a sancai glaze in bright amber, green and buff with a fine craquelure. The bulbous body rises on an oval base. The upper end of the vessel is created by the cylindrical spout and a curved ornament with a small hole. Both sides are decorated with incised decoration and a molded dragon in a medallion. The sancai wine bottle is in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. Minimal blemishes in the glaze and manufacturing flaws are visible here and there. The height measures of 33 cm and the width is 17 cm. Sancai Sancai (translated: 'three colors') is a lead-glazing technique, usually consisting of three different colors, which developed in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Sancai wares typically show a green, auburn and amber glaze on a light background. On rare occasions cobalt blue was also used. Via the Silk Road, the technique was exported to Syria, Cyprus and finally Italy where it enjoyed great popularity during the 15th Century.

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Longquan Bluish Green Celadon Vase, Yuan/Ming, 13th/14th C

Lot 50: Longquan Bluish Green Celadon Vase, Yuan/Ming, 13th/14th C

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Description: Glazed porcelain China, Yuan/Ming dynasty, 13th/14th century Slender ovoid body Freely carved with lotus scrolls between lappet bands Dimensions 32.5 x 18 cm Good condition Provenance: German private collection Beautiful bluish green celadon glaze suffused with a fine craquelure This longquan celadon vase was made in China during the Yuan or Ming dynasty in the 13th/14th century. A round base ring bears the sleek ovoid body. On the shoulder there short, narrow neck rises and forms an outward sweeping mouth edge. The wall of the vase is decorated with finely and freely carved encircling lotus scrolls. The latter are framed between lappet bands, which can be found at the foot rim and on the shoulder. A fine craquelure also adorns the entire bluish green surface of the vase. The longquan vase is in good condition with minor signs of wear consistent with age, such as minimal brand marks. The height measures 32.5 cm and the width is 18 cm.

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