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Auction Description for Auctionata Paddle8 AG: 693: The Paddle8 Pad: 1,000 Years of Asian Art
Auction Description:
Centuries of Asian art are represented in this carefully curated selection of Asian ceramics, bronzes, screens and works on paper that spans potteries from the Tang Dynasty to Contemporary inks on paper. Highlights of the auction include: a pair of guardian earth spirits from the Tang Dynasty, a Sancai glazed pottery horse and important Contemporary works by Gu Wenda, Zeng Xiaojun and Wang Tiande.
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Preview: A preview is only possible by prior appointment. Contact: Tel: +44 (20) 3743 0373, E-mail: london.auctions@paddle8.com   Auction Location: 32 Portland Place London W1B 1NA United Kingdom
Sale Notes:
Centuries of Asian art are represented in this carefully curated selection of Asian ceramics, bronzes, screens and works on paper that spans potteries from the Tang Dynasty to Contemporary inks on paper. Highlights of the auction include: a pair of guardian earth spirits from the Tang Dynasty, a Sancai glazed pottery horse and important Contemporary works by Gu Wenda, Zeng Xiaojun and Wang Tiande.

693: The Paddle8 Pad: 1,000 Years of Asian Art (71 Lots)

by Auctionata Paddle8 AG


71 lots with images

December 3, 2016

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London, United Kingdom

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A Neolithic jade axe blade

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Description: A jade axe bladeNeolithic, circa 8000 to circa 2070 BCThe green stone with black and beige inclusions, pierced with central hole, shaped head(Probably later polished by a collector)Length: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese vessel, ‘gu’, Shang Dynasty

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Description: A Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel, ‘gu’Shang Dynasty, 13th/12th Century BCThe classic trumpet shaped neck undecorated, with original mottled verdigris patina, above a central ‘taotie' stylised mask, with scrolls between triple ring bands raised on a similar foot, the underside with traces of blue and malachite incrustations, appears to be unmarkedHeight: 25.5 cm (10 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese pottery horses and riders, Han Dynasty

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Description: A pair of Chinese unglazed pottery horses and ridersHan Dynasty, 206 BC to 220 ADEach well modelled with detachable riders, with original pigments and perspex stands(4)The dating of the sculptures is consistent with the results of thermoluminescence tests, Oxford Authentication Ltd., no. C108m3 and no. C108m4.Width: 30 cm (11 3/4 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese painted pottery stick figures, Han Dynasty

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Description: A pair of Chinese painted pottery stick figuresHan Dynasty, 206 BC to 220 ADEach slender figure modelled standing with detailed naturalistic expressions, with cold painted pigments, with perspex stands(4)Height: 60 cm (23 5/8 in) Similar figures can be found in tombs from the Han dynasty in particular the Yangling Mausoleum in Shaanxi Province, north of Xian, home of the ‘terracotta army’. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese painted pottery stick figures, Han Dynasty

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Description: A pair of Chinese painted pottery stick figuresHan Dynasty, 206 BC to 220 ADEach slender figure modelled standing with detailed naturalistic expressions, with cold painted pigments, with perspex stands(4)Height: 60 cm (23 5/8 in) Condition report:Available upon request.Similar figures can be found in tombs from the Han dynasty in particular the Yangling Mausoleum in Shaanxi Province, north of Xian, home of the ‘terracotta army’. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pottery circular farm yard, Han Dynasty

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Description: A lead glazed pottery circular farm yardHan Dynasty, 206 BC to 220 ADThe circular pen with five animals including a curly horned goat and four other young animals, the red pottery body covered in an olive green glaze, the terracotta body exposed unglazed to the underside with traces of iridescenceDiameter: 20 cm (8 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Henan russet splashed back glazed tea bowl, Northern Song

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Description: A Henan russet splashed back glazed tea bowlNorthern Song, 960 to 1126The finely potted bowl with widely flared sides, covered on the interior with black glaze decorated with five petal shaped russet splashes, the exterior with a running glaze above the exposed buff biscuit bodyHeight: 7.2 cm (2 3/4 in); Diameter: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Four straw glazed pottery figures of female musicians, Sui/Tang

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Description: Four Chinese straw glazed pottery figuresSui/Tang Dynasty, 5th/6th CenturyEach female figure modelled standing, their hair tied in an elaborate chignon wearing long flowing robes, covered in a straw glaze, one playing a lute, another a pan flute, one dancing(4)(Some minor restorations)Height: 20.2 to 19 cm (8 to 7 1/2 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese sancai glazed pottery horse, Tang Dynasty

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Description: A fine Chinese sancai glazed pottery horseTang Dynasty, 618 to 907The sturdy steed modelled standing on a slightly domed unglazed base, the saddle and blanket covered in a mottled tortoiseshell glaze, the horses’ body splashed in running ochre on a pale straw coloured glazeProvenance: the Estate of the late Edward St George, a prominent figure in the British racing world as owner of the Lucayan stud at Newmarket, to be sold with a letter from the original vendor confirming the provenance, dated 6th December 2011Height: 49 cm (19 1/4 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A camel with Middle-Eastern groom, Tang Dynasty

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Description: A figure of a camel with riderTang Dynasty, 618 to 907Earthenware with pigmentsHeight: 88 cm (34 5/8 in) This camel striding forward has on board a Middle Eastern groom, making his way along the silk road. This wonderfully detailed sculpture dates from the early Tang dynasty, a period in which the finest monumental pieces were made. The making of large pieces of this quality was made possible by a very clever technical innovation. If one were to be able to see inside the body of these Tang pieces one would see that they were constructed on an iron armature or frame, this armature was wrapped in straw that would burn away during the firing process leaving room for the iron to expand without shattering the body. This technique enabled the potter to create pieces on a larger and more solid scale; after these pieces were modeled they would emerge from the mould ‘leather hard’ enabling the craftsmen to then carve the musculature, fur and other fine details by hand. Objects such as these were not quietly placed in the tomb but were paraded through the streets in a display of conspicuous consumption used not only to proclaim the status of the deceased in the world to come but to announce the wealth and social status of the family holding the funeral. Thus the potters at the time were placed under great pressure to produce pieces of sufficient stature and quality to reflect the power and position of the nobility and officials who commissioned them. The ateliers work became immersed in a game of social standing that served to drive the quality ever higher reaching a pinnacle with pieces such as these. Neither the camel nor the rider that these figures were based on is native to China. Their foreign and exotic origins would have been appealing to the Tang Chinese who at that time were open to all the known world had to offer. The camel was of prime importance in conveying the cargos of goods along the famous ‘Silk Road’. By the early 8th century camels were a common sight on the streets of the capital, Chang’an, at that time. Even members of the aristocracy who had previously disdained involvement with traders were participating in the profitable exchange of goods. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of brown glazed alms bowls, Tang Dynasty

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Description: A pair of low fired earthenware brown glazed alms bowlsTang Dynasty, 618 to 907Each of compressed globular form, the buff white body covered in a running mottled olive brown glaze(2)(Drilled TL test holes to base)Diameter: 19 cm (7 1/2 in)The dating of the bowls is consistent with the results of thermoluminescence tests, Oxford Authentication Ltd., no. P109c5 and no. P109c6. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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An impressive pair of guardian earth spirits, Tang Dynasty

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Description: A pair of guardian earth spiritsTang Dynasty, 618 to 907Earthenware with pigments and giltOne of the pair with humanoid face, seated with front legs extended, the cloven hooves firmly planted on the ground, the head with large distended ears, and fierce eyes beneath deeply furrowed brows and curled tufts of hair around the chin. A fantastic, spiralled, horn sprouts from its head, with smaller horns to either side, a prominent, bifurcated thunder bolt projects form the back of the head. The creature has feathered wings atop each shoulder with a row of flanges behind and a line of serrated scales down its backThe other with leonine features, seated on its haunches, rests on three sharp talons with one claw dynamically raised above the head, mouth agape bearing fangs, with bulging eyes beneath heavy brows from which extend two long curling horns, with rows of flame-like finials emanating from the shoulders, the back of the neck and a sharp ridge of scales running along the spine(2)The dating of the sculptures is consistent with the results of thermoluminescence tests, Oxford Authentication Ltd., no. C114k11 and no. C114k12.Height: 77 and 78.5 cm (30 1/2 and 31 in) The generous size as well as the high quality of the sculpting and decoration indicate that these figures were commissioned by a person of very high rank. These striking mythical creatures were placed on either side of an entrance to ward off evil. Such chimera may be traced back at least to the 3rd century BC and were utilized to protect those within the compound. These composite beasts are derived originally from similar figures in central Asia and are comprised of the horns and feet of a deer, the head and body of a lion, a pair of wings and the flame or horn-like projection from the head. The hybrid human figure was introduced a bit later in the Six Dynasties. It is interesting to note that the exaggerated facial features are reminiscent of contemporaneous depictions of Central Asians. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese pottery models of equestrians, Tang Dynasty

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Description: A pair of Chinese pottery models of equestriansTang Dynasty, 618 to 907Each grey pottery modelled with fine expression and detail, ridden by a Chinese nobleman and lady, their robes with finely incised detail and original pigment(2)The dating of the sculptures is consistent with the result of thermoluminescence test, Oxford Authentication Ltd., no. C107f38.Height: 40 cm (15 3/4 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A cast iron head of a bodhisattva, Yuan Dynasty or Ming Dynasty

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Description: A cast iron head of a bodhisattvaYuan Dynasty, 1279 to 1368, or Ming Dynasty, 1368 to 1644The base bearing a plaque erroneously dating the head to the Tang DynastyProvenance: Old Belgian private collectionHeight: 25 cm (9 7/8 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese sandstone head of a Lohan, Yuan Dynasty

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Description: A sandstone head of a LohanYuan Dynasty, 1279 to 1368The crisply carved Lohan with a benevolent expression and a wry smile, his ear lobes long and protruding, meditating or deep in thoughtHeight: 36 cm (14 1/8 in) The Eighteen Arhats are Lohans depicted in Mahayana Buddhism as the original followers of the Buddha who have followed the Eightfold Path and attained the highest state of peace and enlightenment. They are charged to protect the Buddhist faith and to await on earth for the coming of Maitreya, a prophesied enlightened Buddha. Condition report: Available upon request. In China, the Eighteen Arhats are a popular subject in Buddhist art, such as the famous Chinese group of glazed pottery Lohans from Yixian of about 1000. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Longquan celadon ‘narcissus’ bowl, 14th/15th Century

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Description: A Longquan celadon ‘narcissus’ bowlYuan/Ming Dynasty, 14th/15th CenturyThe exterior finely carved with a band of florets above a peony border, another band of florets below, raised on three grotesque lion mask feet, the base unglazed showing the iron red grey body, the interior also unglazed with impressed floral medallionsProvenance: Private English collection, SpinksHeight: 11 cm (4 3/8 in); Diameter: 33.5 cm (13 1/4 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A bronze seated figure of Zhenwu, Ming Dynasty, 16th Century

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Description: A bronze seated figure of ZhenwuMing Dynasty, 16th CenturyModelled seated wearing long flowing robes with lotus flower ornament to his chest and sleeves seated on a rectangular stepped base, at his feet a tortoise and serpent, the base with traces of original lacquer and red pigmentHeight: 34 cm (13 3/8 in); Width: 23 cm (9 in) The Lord of the Profound Heaven, also known as Zhenwu (“truly military”) was honoured as a deity who protected against bandits. The cult on Zhenwu was centred on Wudangshan, a mountain which was originally associated with five dragons. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A cinnabar lacquer box, Ming Dynasty, 16th Century

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Description: A cinnabar lacquer boxMing Dynasty, 16th CenturyOf hexagonal form, comprising four tiers including the cover, the cover with standing figure of Budai holding a staff and a double gourd beneath the moon, the sides with peonies reserved against a buff coloured ground, the base and the interior revealing the black lacquerHeight: 7.5 cm (3 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A small Chinese Buddha, Ming Dynasty, 16th Century

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Description: A small Chinese bronze Shakyamuni BuddhaMing Dynasty, 16th CenturySeated crossed legs on a double lotus throne, his hands clasped, traces of original gilt lacquer decoration, on modern wooden standHeight: 15.3 (6 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese sancai glazed 'Dragon' tile panel, late Ming Dynasty

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Description: A Chinese sancai glazed 'Dragon' tile panelLate Ming Dynasty, circa 1600The panel formed of two tiles, the coiled striding dragon carved in high-relief coloured in turquoise, ochre and green glazes, metal stands(4)40 x 121 cm overall (15 3/4 x 47 5/8 in overall) Literature: Such tiles were used to decorate and ornament a wide variety of buildings from the Yuan Dynasty onwards. An excellent example is the Flying Rainbow pagoda, Hongtong (Shanxi), Guangshengsi, illustrated and discussed by Christoper Tadgell, The East, Buddhists, Hindus and the Sons of Heaven, Architecture in context II, London, 2008, p. 633, pl.2.69a. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A large cloisonné enamel vase, ‘hu’, late Ming Dynasty

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Description: A large cloisonné pear-shaped enamel vase, ‘hu’Late Ming Dynasty, early 17th CenturyDecorated with stylised lotus leaves reserved against a turquoise ground, flanked by bronze patinated lion mask ring handles, the base bare metal(Some old restorations and bruising around the body, covering a minor proportion of the overall surface)Height: 54 cm (21 1/4 in) A similar example sold: Sotheby’s, New York, Chinese Art from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 15 March 2016, lot 146. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese ‘chilong’ dragon vase, late Ming Dynasty

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Description: A Chinese bronze ‘chilong’ dragon vaseLate Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th CenturyThe onion shaped vase with a garlic bulb neck, modelled in high relief with a ferocious ‘chilong’ four claw dragon chasing a Flaming Pearl, the mottled lacquered patina with some traces of verdigris, three character seal mark to base(Bruise to the bulbous part of the vase, 4 cm long (1 5/8 in), a circular original plug to the body 5 mm diameter, other casting repairs)Height: 43 cm (17 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese ‘wucai’ saucer dishes, 17th Century

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Description: A pair of Chinese ‘wucai’ porcelain circular saucer dishesQing Dynasty, Shunzhi period, 1644 to 1661Each painted in polychrome enamels, one with a boy and a buffalo playing a flute, the other with two scholars, one on a garden terrace, the other amongst cloud scrolls, each inscribed with thirteen and fourteen characters poems from the Song Dynasty, the first one by LEI Zhen: "The little shepherd boy sits on the buffalo's back, with a flute in his hand playing some random tunes”, the second one by SU Shi: "The chancelors stand straight in the Jade Emperor's palace hall, like a red cloud surrounding the appearance of the Emperor”.(2)Provenance: Private collection, FranceDiameter: 12.7 cm (5 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese blanc de Chine gilt metal mounted cup, Kangxi period

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Description: A Chinese blanc de Chine gilt metal mounted cup of rhinoceros hornKangxi period, circa 1690The porcelain modelled in high relief with a dragon, deer and crane amongst prunus and pine beneath overhanging rocks, set with gilt bronze mounts to the rim and foot, the mounts early 18th centuryHeight: 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A small Chinese blanc de Chine censer, 17th Century

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Description: A small Chinese Dehua porcelain censer17th CenturyWith lion mask handles, the censer of compressed circular form with applied lion mask handles at the shoulder beneath an inverted rim on a flared foot, one side inscribed with a five character inscriptionHeight: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in); Diameter: 8 cm (3 1/8 in) For a similar example, see the Galster-Ireland collection of Dehua porcelain. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese bottle vase in the manner of Hu Wenming, 17th Century

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Description: A silver-inlaid and gilt-bronze ‘lotus flower’ vase in the manner of Hu WenmingMing Dynasty, 17th CenturyThe elegant pear shaped bottle with everted rim above a silver inlaid key fret band with two bands of scrolling devices, the body finely decorated with classic lotus scrolls picked out in gilding on a stippled ground, unmarkedHeight: 23 cm (9 in) Metalworker Hu Wenming and his workshop, from Songjiang, Jiangsu province, were active in the late 16th century to early 17th century. They specialised in the production of gilt metal vessels for the scholar's desk. Whilst most of their works were of beaten copper, they also made cast bronze and cast copper pieces, although much fewer in number. As much variation exists in works bearing Hu Wenming marks, it has been suggested that signed objects were the work of a single workshop rather than a single person. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A mottled green jade belt hook, 17th Century

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Description: A mottled green jade belt hook17th CenturyRobustly carved with a ‘chilong’ dragon with a spray of lingzhi fungus in its mouth, the dragon head with furled eyebrows, with cracked inclusions with tones of blackLength: 10.5 cm (4 1/4 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of ‘shipwreck’ lion dogs, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period

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Description: A pair of ‘shipwreck’ biscuit porcelain lion dogs Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period,1662 to 1722Bearing original collection labels(2)Provenance: Cau Mau shipwreck, Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, 31 January 2007Height: 7 cm (2 ¾ in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese vases, Kangxi period

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Description: A fine pair of Chinese 'rouge-de-fer' porcelain triple-gourd vasesQing Dynasty, Kangxi period, 1662 to 1722Each painted with sprays of classic lotus flowers within scroll and lappet borders, highlighted in gilding(2)Height: 27 cm (10 5/8 in) Literature: Similar vases are in the East Asian porcelain from the collection of Augustus Strong, Dresden. Duplicates from the royal collection were sold at Rudolph Lepke’s Kunst Auctions Haus in 1919. Lot numbers 332 and 333, plate 29 of the auction catalogue, shows a similar pair of vases. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese blue and white baluster vase, Kangxi period

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Description: A Chinese blue and white porcelain baluster vaseKangxi period, 1662 to 1722Painted with Chinese ladies accompanied by three small boys, one holding a lotus leaf, another on a rocky outcrop grabbing a peach, all within a garden landscape beneath a crescent moon, a rabbit and crane and swallows completing the scene, the neck painted with a scrolling and lappet bandProvenance: Ambrose Congreve (1907-2011)Height: 44.5 cm (17 1/2 in) Ambrose Congreve (1907-2011) was the son of Major John Congreve and his wife Lady Helena, a daughter of the 8th Earl of Bessborough. His greatest passion was gardening. At his Irish Georgian family seat Mount Congreve, he established gardens of world renown, collecting plants from China, and created a renowned collection of camelias. From the late 1940s, Ambrose Congreve also worked on putting together a fascinating collection of fine art and antiques, from post-war collections belonging to the Rothschild family and other great estates in England. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A cinnabar lacquer box, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A cinnabar lacquer boxQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795Cinquefoil form, the cover finely carved with the Queen Mother of the West holding a lotus bloom accompanied by a female attendant riding a flower raft, the sides carved of a diaper work ground, the interior revealing the black lacquer(Some minor chips along the flange, some restorations)Height: 5.8 cm (2 1/4 in); Diameter: 14.5 cm (5 3/4 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A jade ‘shou’ box and cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A spinach jade ‘shou’ box and coverQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795Of circular form, the cover carved with a ‘shou' character medallion, within a lotus petal border, the base similarly carved, the stone with grey, black and dark green inclusionsDiameter: 7.5 cm (3 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese flambe bottle vase, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A Chinese flambe porcelain bottle vaseQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795Of elegantly potted form, the waisted slender neck above a mallet shaped body, covered in a running flambe glaze with traces of lavender and pink-white, on a crushed strawberry ground, thinning at the neck to reveal the body, the base unglazed, showing the biscuit porcelain(A small professionally restored shallow chip to the rim, not visible to the naked eye, approximately 1 cm long)Height: 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A blue and white garden seat, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A blue and white porcelain garden seatQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795Of barrel form, with applied studded decoration, painted in underglaze blue in the Ming style with classic lotus scrolls, flowers and foliage with incised double cash medallions to the sides and top(Slight wear to the top)Height: 33.6 cm (13 1/4 in); Diameter: 35 cm (13 3/4 in) Condition report:Available upon request.Condition report on request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A cinnabar lacquer box, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A cinnabar lacquer boxQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795Cinquefoil-form, the cover carved with a central scene depicting a scholar and two attendants, crossing a planked bridge within a mountainous landscape, the sides with five vignettes containing peony, prunus, chrysanthemums issuing from rockwork, the base similarly decorated; all reserved against a classic lotus flower ground, with black interior and footHeight: 10 cm (3 7/8 in); Diameter: 25 cm (9 3/4 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A celadon jade belt hook, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A celadon jade belt hookQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795The stone of celadon tone, finely carved with a stylised ‘chilong’ dragon confronting phoenix around a central pearlLength: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A cinnabar lacquer vase, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A cinnabar lacquer vaseQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795Of quadrilobed form, finely carved with stiff leaves around the neck, the shoulder with a band of ‘shao’ characters within lotus scrollwork, each lobed side containing a panel of scholars in mountainous landscape engaged in various pursuits supported on a waisted foot within key fret bordersDiameter: 21 cm (8 1/4 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A small jade two handled vase, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A small jade two handled vaseQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795The stone of celadon green colour, the slender bottle carved in the archaistic style of ‘taotie' masks to either side, beneath stiff leaf bands around the neck flanked by ‘chilong’ handles, all raised on a stepped base(Some minor snowflake inclusions)Height: 10.2 cm (4 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A cinnabar lacquer box, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A cinnabar lacquer box, attributed to the Palace workshop in BeijingQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795Comprising three tiers, the top tier forming the cover, finely carved with ‘wu fu' (known as Five Blessings traditionally in Chinese), five bats, around a spray of three peaches, on diaper ground, the sides of classic lotus scrolls against a blue-black ground, all supported on a losange shaped stand, on four bracket feet, with key fret and diaper bordersProvenance: Private collection, SwitzerlandHeight: 8 cm (3 1/8 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A small robin’s egg glazed vase, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: A small robin’s egg glazed porcelain two handled vaseQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795The ovoid vase of stoutly potted form applied to the shoulder with a pair of lion mask ring handles, covered overall in a rich mottled lavender and turquoise glaze, the base also glazed, unmarkedHeight: 11 cm (4 1/4 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese ‘famille noire’ dishes, circa 1740

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Description: A pair of Chinese ‘famille noire’ dishesCirca 1740Each painted with an open scroll painting depicting luxuriant peony sprays, within pink diaper borders, reserved on a black ground decorated with wreathing turquoise green lotus plant stems and blooms, the underside plain(2)Diameter: 22 cm (8 3/4 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese reverse glass painting, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period

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Description: An unusual Chinese reverse glass painting of a hunting sceneQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, circa 1770Painted with three European gentlemen on horseback, one firing a flintlock pistol, the others holding lances, with a pack of dogs chasing a stag in a Chinese mountainous landscape, original carved giltwood frameProvenance: Swedish private collection28 x 35 cm (11 x 13 3/4 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A rare Chinese tea bowl and saucer, Qianlong period, circa 1745

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Description: A rare Chinese 'famille-rose' crucifixion tea bowl and saucerQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795, circa 1745Each piece well painted in a vivid palette with the Crucifixion scene, applied collector's paper labels(2)Provenance: Martin-Hurst collection; Elinor Gordon collectionDiameter: 12 cm (4 3/4 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese School paintings, circa 1780

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Description: A pair of Chinese School paintingsChina, circa 1780Gouache on paper with gilt-wood frames, applied gallery labels(2)Provenance: with the Martyn Gregory Gallery, London39 x 30 cm (15 3/8 x 11 3/4 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese export wallpaper screen, Qianlong period, circa 1780

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Description: A Chinese Export large six-fold wallpaper screenQing Dynasty, Qianlong period, circa 1780Finely painted with a garden scene in southern China with various figures engaged in different pursuits, mounted as a screen and backed in a claret-coloured oil cloth printed with an `Indian' designProvenance: Private East Coast American collection190 x 400 cm (2ft 2 3/4 in x 13 ft 1 1/2 in) Known as `India' papers, Chinese wallpapers began to appear in England and Europe from the late 17th century. They were considered appropriate decoration for the best apartments and became much sort after. The vogue for Chinese wallpaper reached its peak in the 18th century, when Chinese artisans in southern China principally around modern day Guangzhou (Canton) were producing decorative schemes for export to the west. The landscape designs were the most expensive and even in 1787 George Washington had expressed interest in decorating his house with `it is possible I may avail myself of your kind offer of sending India Paper for my new Room (the dining room at Mount Vernon)'. In all these figure subjects the landscape is presented in accordance with Chinese conventions. In the upper portions of the paper the jagged mountain tops, with the figure groups below in `islands' divided by rocks and trees. The panoramic landscape papers were more expensive than the `birds and flower' kind. Fine examples hang in many European country houses and palaces, including Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, designed by Robert Adam, Carton House, Ireland; Ramsbury Wiltshire; the Chinese Pavilion at Drottningholm Sweden and La Villa della Regina, Torino, Italy. Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Chinese cloisonné panel, Qing Dynasty

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Description: A Chinese cloisonné landscape panelQing Dynasty, 18th/19th Century45 x 53 cm (17 3/4 x 20 7/8 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A pair of Chinese models of cranes, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century

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Description: A pair of Chinese porcelain gilt-metal mounted models of cranesQing Dynasty, 19th CenturyEach modelled standing their plumage picked out in red, blue, grey and white enamels, the feathers finely incised, on later naturalistic gilt-metal legs, pierced and carved rosewood cloud-scroll stands(2)Provenance: French private collectionHeight: 38.5 cm (15 1/8 in) Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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A Japanese paper screen, Taisho/Showa period, 1912 to 1926

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Description: A Japanese six-fold paper screenTaisho/Showa period, 1912 to 1926Ink and colour on gold leaf paper, painted with irises169 x 364 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 x 11 ft 11 1/4 in) The present example is after an early 18th century original by Ogata Korin (Japanese, 1658-1716), Irises at Yatsuhashi (Eight Bridges), now in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York (53.7.1 and 53.7.2). Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Yang Shanshen, Mountain landscape with trees, 1952 

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Description: Yang Shanshen (?? ?, 1913-2004)Mountain landscape with trees, 1952Ink and white color on paperSigned, dated, one seal120 x 28 cm; 47 1/4 x 11 in Condition report: Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Yang Shanshen, Rooster and hen, 1953

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Description: Yang Shanshen (?? ?, 1913-2004)Rooster and hen, 1953Ink and colors on paperSigned, dated, three seals119 x 48 cm (46 7/8 x 18 7/8 in) Condition report:Available upon request. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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