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Asian Art & Antiques

by Auctionata


120 lots with images

March 7, 2014

Live Auction

Kurfürstendamm 212

Berlin, Berlin, 10719 Germany

Phone: +49 30 9832 0221

Fax: +49 30 208 980 101

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Two Signed Ivory Netsuke of a Fine Lady and a Scholar, Meiji

Lot 1: Two Signed Ivory Netsuke of a Fine Lady and a Scholar, Meiji

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Description: Ivory, carved from one piece Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Each with artist's signature on the underside Natural himotoshi between the arms and underneath Fine carving and detailed décor Beautiful, partly honey-colored patina and fine ivory grain Dimensions: 5 x 3-3.5 cm (height x width) Very good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Humorous hand carved ivory netsuke figures These two Netsuke are made of one piece of hand carved ivory and date to the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912). The netsuke represent as a lady in a kimono and a scholar. The noble lady is wearing an ornate garment with floral motifs and an obi tied in a bow on the back. Mesmerized she looks at the document which is placed in her hands. The fine hair as well as the feet are rendered in great detail. The scholar, who has settled on a tree trunk, also wears an ornate robe and a cape is laid around his shoulders. In his right hand he holds a bamboo stick and with his index finger, he touches his ear. The handle of a filled basket lies in the crook of his arm and a round head covering is placed on his right side. Delicately carved, friendly facial features and the long hair, which is falling down his back, are recognizable. The netsuke are in very good condition with little signs of age and wear. On the tree trunk and the head covering small drying cracks are visible. Each netsuke has an artist's signature on the underside. The two natural himotoshi (cord holes) are found between the arms or underneath. The ivory shows a beautiful, partially honey-colored patina and fine ivory grain. The height is 5 cm and the width 3 and 3.5 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 Ivory Netsuke of an Opened Cockle, Japan, Meiji Period

Lot 2: Signed Ivory Netsuke of an Opened Cockle, Japan, Meiji Period

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Description: Ivory, carved from one piece Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Himotoshi and artist's signature on the underside Fine carving inside Beautiful patina and fine ivory grain Dimensions: 3 x 5.5 cm (height x width) Very good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Meticulously carved ivory shell with hidden landscape This hand-crafted netsuke comes dates to the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) and was made from one piece of ivory. Shown is a bivalve open cockle. The inside reveals the fine carving work. A scenic environment with a figure can be discerned. The person kneels in front of a small stone lantern, his hands lifted to the chest. The background shows a cabin and a rocky plain. The conches and the vertebrae of the shell are rendered in a very naturalistic manner, have a beautiful patina and a fine ivory grain. This piece shows two himotoshi (cordon holes) on the underside and adjacent the red artist's signature. The netsuke is in very good condition with hardly any signs of age and wear. The height measures 3 cm and the width is 5.5 cm. Japanese Netsuke Japanese netsuke are small carvings hung on cords as counterweights to thesagemono ('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 Ivory Netsuke of a Fine Carved Sika Deer, Japan, Meiji

Lot 3: Signed Ivory Netsuke of a Fine Carved Sika Deer, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Ivory Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Himotoshi on the underside and the artist's signature 'Ranichi' Ivory carving in representation of a sika deer Fine enhancing of the deer's fur Beautiful patina Dimensions: 5 x 3 cm (height x depth) Very good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Enchanting carving with a humorous character This ivory netsuke is a representation of a sika deer and was manufactured in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912). The deer stands on a naturally shaped plinth. It has its head turned backwards with its antlers placed in the neck. The animal's open smiling muzzle gives it a cheerful expression. The fur shows a fine grain. The little figure has a beautiful patina and shows an elaborate craftsmanship. The underside bears the artist's signature 'Ranichi' and a himotoshi. There are natural himotischi between the legs and the antlers. The netsuke is imaginatively carved without protrusions therefore avoiding any snagging of the silk kimono. The netsuke is in very good condition with hardly any signs of age and wear. The height measures 5 cm and the width 3 cm. Japanese Netsuke Japanese netsuke are small carvings hung on cords as counterweights to thesagemono ('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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Ivory Okimono of a Musical Peasant Family with Monkeys, Meiji

Lot 4: Ivory Okimono of a Musical Peasant Family with Monkeys, Meiji

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Description: Ivory - carved from one piece Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Carved all around Expressive smiling faces Height: 14 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A humorous okimono displaying exceptional carving skills This Japanese okimono dates back to the Meiji Period (1868-1912). It is carved from one piece of ivory and shows a musician with his son and two monkeys. This depiction exhibits a very fine craftsmanship with numerous delicately chiselled details. The musician is playing a 'shamisen' - a Japanese lute. He wears a plain garment with a finely fashioned straw hat attached to his back. One of the monkeys is sitting on the man's shoulder and playing a drum whilst the other is kneeling on the floor and drinking from a bowl filled by the little boy. The characters are rendered with individual, joyful facial expressions. The underside is also carved. The lower back of the figure exhibits a beautiful honey-colored patina. The okimono is in good condition with some small areas of natural pitting and cracks to the ivory on the back. It measures 14 cm in height. Okimono The literal translation of the word 'Okimono' is 'put thing', meaning 'object for display'. The term denotes Japanese art carvings, which developed in the 19th century out of Netsuke craft. The reason for this was an incisive change in Asian everyday fashion. European clothing became chic and invariably superseded the Kimono, to which Netsuke were worn. The now unemployed Netsuke artists began to make larger objects, which were very popular abroad as well.

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Ivory Okimono of an Old Peasant Woman, Meiji, 19th C

Lot 5: Ivory Okimono of an Old Peasant Woman, Meiji, 19th C

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Description: Ivory - carved from one piece Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912), 19th century Fine carving Carved all around Expressive face Appealing patina Height: 10 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A beautiful okimono whose charm derives from the figure's kind facial expression This charming ivory okimono dates to the 19th century. It is carved from one piece in the shape of an old peasant woman. The latter is holding a broom in her hands. Her kimono is lavishly decorated with various floral ornaments. The small face is finely carved and shows a charming facial expression with squinting eyes; the long hair falls down on the shoulders and is tied at the back. The underside of the figure is also carved and bares the soles of the shoes and different garment layers. The back shows a beautiful, honey-colored patina. The okimono is in good condition with wear consistent with age. There is a restoration to a crack at base of the kimono and two fine cracks to the back. Okimono The literal translation of the word 'Okimono' is 'put thing', meaning 'object for display'. The term denotes Japanese art carvings, which developed in the 19th century out of Netsuke craft. The reason for this was an incisive change in Asian everyday fashion. European clothing became chic and invariably superseded the Kimono, to which Netsuke were worn. The now unemployed Netsuke artists began to make larger objects, which were very popular abroad as well.

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Gilded Wooden Statue 'Tamonten', Japan, Meiji, 19th C

Lot 6: Gilded Wooden Statue 'Tamonten', Japan, Meiji, 19th C

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Description: Wood with gold leaf over red paint Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912), 19th century One of the seven gods of fortune and the four Heavenly Kings of the North The underside inscribed with Chinese characters God standing on a cloud base and stupa in his left hand On the back compartment for votive offerings Total height with base: 30 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Beautiful carving of a god of fortune with great expressiveness This Tamonten from the Meiji period (1868-1912) represents one of the seven Japanese gods of fortune, who is one of the four Heavenly Kings of the North. He is also a god of war and patron saint of the warriors. In addition, he distributes wealth and protects the righteous Buddhists. The god of fortune is carved of wood decorated with gold leaf. He stands on a cloud base, holding a stupa in his left hand. His loose black hair is adorned with a tiara; the loincloth shows decorative pleats, which soar at the hem. Over his shoulder, he wears a collar with two bands. On the back, there is an empty compartment for votive offerings. This figure is impressive not because of its beautiful carving, but also for its great expressiveness. The figure is inscribed with characters on the underside. The condition of the statue is good with signs of wear consistent with age. The gold leaf is somewhat rubbed in places. The left foot shows a restored breakage. To his right, the god of fortune probably once carried a dagger that is damaged. Also one of the bands on his shoulder shows some material loss. This Tamonten probably held another attribute in his right hand. The total height of the figure including the base is 30 cm.

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Signed Okimono of an Oni with Expressive Carving, Meiji

Lot 7: Signed Okimono of an Oni with Expressive Carving, Meiji

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Description: Carved boxwood Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Artist's signature in cartouche on underside Vigorous carving Fierce expression Rich patina Height: 17 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A powerful example of Japanese craftsmanship This okimono vigorously carved from boxwood dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912). It depicts a so-called Oni carrying a large sedge hat. Oni are a kind of yōkai from Japanese folklore. The troll-like creatures are popular characters in Japanese art. The expressive face shows a fierce expression with bared teeth a beard and bushy eyebrows. The claw feet and the muscular arms are skilfully rendered. The figure features a rich patina and stands on a small round plinth. The underside bears the artist's signature in a cartouche. The okimono is in good condition with minor losses. The sedge hat shows a notch and a crack, which has been partially repaired. The okimono measures 17 cm in height. Okimono The literal translation of the word 'Okimono' is 'put thing', meaning 'object for display'. The term denotes Japanese art carvings, which developed in the 19th century out of Netsuke craft. The reason for this was an incisive change in Asian everyday fashion. European clothing became chic and invariably superseded the Kimono, to which Netsuke were worn. The now unemployed Netsuke artists began to make larger objects, which were very popular abroad as well.

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Signed Boxwood Okimono of an Octopus Fisherman, Meiji

Lot 8: Signed Boxwood Okimono of an Octopus Fisherman, Meiji

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Description: Carved boxwood Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Artist's signature on the underside Realistic carving Expressive face Beautiful patina Inlaid glass eyes Height: 19 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A fine okimono whose humorous craftsmanship delights collector's hearts This okimono dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and is carved from boxwood. It represents a humoristic figure of an octopus fisherman carrying his catch. One of the octopuses has escaped from the bucket, which the fisherman is carrying on his back, and climbs up the old man's arm. The latter appears to find the incident incredibly funny for he shows a wide smile baring his teeth. The realistic carving work is impressive and the fisherman's jolly face is rendered in the most detailed manner. Tiny glass eyes are set into his eyes, as well as those of the octopus. Its tentacles feature delicate open-work carving. The figure has a beautiful patina and is mounted on a naturally shaped plinth. The underside bears the maker's signature. The okimono is in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. Small pieces, including two tentacles and the fisherman's left eye, are missing. The stick has been glued. The okimono measures 19 cm in height. Okimono The literal translation of the word 'Okimono' is 'put thing', meaning 'object for display'. The term denotes Japanese art carvings, which developed in the 19th century out of Netsuke craft. The reason for this was an incisive change in Asian everyday fashion. European clothing became chic and invariably superseded the Kimono, to which Netsuke were worn. The now unemployed Netsuke artists began to make larger objects, which were very popular abroad as well.

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Signed Okimono of a Takarabune with the Seven Lucky Gods, Meiji

Lot 9: Signed Okimono of a Takarabune with the Seven Lucky Gods, Meiji

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Description: Carved boxwood Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Takarabune (treasure ship) with lucky gods Ivory inlaid artist's signature Lively carving Expressive faces Height: 15 cm Good condition A wonderful okimono whose fine carving work and richness of detail exemplify the Japanese art of wood carving This boxwood okimono dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and is carved with the Seven Gods of Fortune aboard a dragon-headed vessel amongst foaming waves. The gods are shown on their 'treasure ship' Takarabune - a popular motif in Japanese art. The ship carries seven immaterial treasures: wisdom, knowledge, experience, learning, bravery, prosperity and longevity as well as happiness and satisfaction. According to legend the seven gods arrive in town on New Year's Day and distribute gifts to worthy people and children. The individual faces and the elaborate garments are exquisitely carved with great detail, exhibiting the virtuosity of Japanese carving work. The underside of the okimono bears an ivory inlaid signature tablet. The okimono is in good condition with wear and minor losses, such as several hands and attributes. A rope of the sail is broken and missing. The okimono measures 15 cm in height. Okimono The literal translation of the word 'Okimono' is 'put thing', meaning 'object for display'. The term denotes Japanese art carvings, which developed in the 19th century out of Netsuke craft. The reason for this was an incisive change in Asian everyday fashion. European clothing became chic and invariably superseded the Kimono, to which Netsuke were worn. The now unemployed Netsuke artists began to make larger objects, which were very popular abroad as well.

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Signed Ivory Box with Fine Chased Dragon Décor, Japan, Meiji

Lot 10: Signed Ivory Box with Fine Chased Dragon Décor, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Ivory, mother of pearl Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Red accented artist's signature on the lid Fine carving with chased dragon décor Beautiful honey colored patina Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 (length x depth) Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Snuffbox with hidden erotic scene in the lid These finely carved snuffbox dates back to the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) and was made from ivory. The box has a rectangular shape with rounded corners and can be opened and closed with a lid. The lid as well as the sides are adorned with a chased dragon decoration. The scaly bodies of the mythical creatures are rendered with outstanding craftsmanship. The eyes of the dragons dancing in the clouds are accented with round mother of pearl inlays. Inside the lid a hidden, erotic scene can be pulled out, to be seen only by the owner. The fine grain of the material as well as the beautiful, honey colored patina can be seen all around. The red accented artist's signature is founded on the lid in the lower left corner. A gorgeous box of exemplary quality. The tobacco box is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear. Two mother of pearl inlays on the back are missing. The length is 10 cm and the depth measures 6.5 cm.

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Imposing Japanese Lacquer Cabinet with Landscape Scenes, Meiji

Lot 11: Imposing Japanese Lacquer Cabinet with Landscape Scenes, Meiji

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Description: Red lacquered wooden body with painted panels Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) or slightly later Kuhn & Komor (1897-1919) - manufacturer and distributor of Japanese art objects for the European market With plaque 'Kuhn & Komor / Yokohoma' Cartouches with landscape scenes in fine painting in relief Exterior and interior lacquered in red with cherry blossom motif Dimensions: 191.5 x 120 x 50 cm Good condition Provenance: from an Austrian private collection A high-quality piece of furniture, decorated in the finest manner for the European taste This impressive Japanese cabinet was manufactured in the late Meiji period or slightly later. It was distributed by Kuhn & Komor in the period between 1902 and 1919. From 1897 to 1919 the company Kuhn & Komor manufactured and sold high-quality Japanese furniture and art objects, often to wealthy expatriates or as gifts for diplomats. The exterior and interior of the cabinet are completely lacquered in red and decorated with delicate cherry blossom branches and various birds. The panels of the doors and drawers are adorned with fine paintings of landscapes. The romantic scenes show river landscapes with boats and fishermen, as well as waterfalls and pagodas, partly in relief. The impasto color application, especially on the leafy trees, gives the idyllic paintings a beautiful depth. Some of the illustrations bear calligraphic signatures. Fine accentuations in gold color refine the design of this impressive piece of furniture. The cabinet is in good condition with minor age and wear. The paintings show some color flaking and partial craquelure. There are minor traces of restoration. On the front a small plaque by Kuhn & Komor is attached to the lower apron. The cabinet measures 191.5 cm in height, 120 cm in width and 50 cm in depth.

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Kano, Tosa and Sumiyoshi School, Studio Works, late Edo

Lot 12: Kano, Tosa and Sumiyoshi School, Studio Works, late Edo

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Description: Paintings on paper, ink and watercolor, fabric Japan, late Edo period (1615-1867) / 19th century Studio works by the Kano, Tosa and Sumiyoshi school Folded in a fanfold Labeled on the edge and partly with artist seals Complete Dimensions: 22 x 14.5 cm (length x height) Provenance: from a Swiss private collection Collection of works by renowned Japanese schools from the Edo era This Japanese fanfold displays studio works by the Kano, Tosa and Sumiyoshi schools and originated in the 19th Century, in the late Edo period (1615-1867). Landscapes with buildings, peasants, fishermen and birds as well as various flowering trees, goddesses, different animals and dragons are rendered in ink and watercolor. The work is complete and has 17 folding pages. The works are labeled on the edges and partly show artist seals. The inside of the cover shows Japanese inscriptions, an artist seal and numbers. The cover is richly decorated and sheathed with fabric. Similar works are housed in the Kyoto National Museum or Tokyo National Museum. The fanfold is in good condition according to its age with usual signs of wear. Creases, some pinholes and small tears along the edges can be seen. The cover is rubbed. The length measures 22 cm and the height is 14.5 cm.

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Katsushika Hokusai Semiotics Book with 29 Pages, Japan, Meiji

Lot 13: Katsushika Hokusai Semiotics Book with 29 Pages, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Woodcuts on paper Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Japanese painter and a major representative of the Ukiyo -e genre In a black cover Label on the front side With a total of 29 pages Dimensions: 24 x 26.5 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Collection of various Ukiyo-e woodcuts by Katsushika Hokusai This semiotics book in a black cover comes from the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) and consists of a total of 29 double-sided pages. It was made from the hand of the Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), who was one of the most important representatives of the Ukiyo -e genre. In the book illustrations of the Japanese flora and fauna as well as deities and mythical creatures are shown. Studies of various figures and landscapes can also be found in the album. The book is characterized by its storytelling element. Each sheet is signed on the edges and the cover is provided with a label. The Hokusai Book of semiotics is in good condition with slight signs of wear consistent with age. The cover is rubbed and light foxing is visible. The height is 24 cm and the width 26.5 cm.

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Ito Hirobumi Scroll with Certificate and a Box, Japan, Meiji

Lot 14: Ito Hirobumi Scroll with Certificate and a Box, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Ink on paper Mounted on silk Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Ito Hirobumi (1841-1909) - First Japanese Prime Minister Signature stamp on the right edge and in the lower left corner With certificate and wooden box Wood handles and mounting with ribbons at the top Image size: 133.5 x 33 cm Overall dimensions: 192 x 46.5 cm Provenance: from a German private collection Fine calligraphic execution This scroll painting was created by the first Japanese Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi (1841-1909). It is a calligraphic ink drawing on paper, mounted on silk and dates back to the Meiji period (1868-1912). The signature stamp is visible on the right side and in the lower left corner. The work comes with a certificate and a matching wood box. The handles are made of wood and a mounting with ribbons is attached to the top. The scroll painting is in fair condition according to its age with signs of wear. Creases, small stains and damages in the upper and the lower area of the mounting are visible. The image measures 133.5 x 33 cm and the overall size is 192 x 46.5 cm.

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Scroll painting 'Mountain Landscape with River', Japan, c. 1930

Lot 15: Scroll painting 'Mountain Landscape with River', Japan, c. 1930

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Description: Ink on paper Japan, Showa period (1926-1989), around 1930 With three artist seals Inscribed and signed upper left Wooden handle and mounting with ribbons at the top Image size: 137 x 48 cm Overall dimensions: 196.5 x 63 cm Provenance: from a German private collection Harmonious ink painting with pastoral landscape This Japanese ink scroll painting dates back to the Shōwa period, around 1930. It depicts a mountain landscape with a river meandering through the mountains. Two hikers can be seen on a plain area. They are waving to a man, who is traveling the river with his boat. A building is rendered between mountains, trees and clouds. On the upper left as well as the lower right corner there are two artist seals. The painting is inscribed and signed upper left. The work is in appealing condition with signs of age and wear. Creases, stains and tears at the edges of the mounting are visible. There are wooden handles on the lower side and mounting with bands at the top. The image size is 137 x 48 cm and the overall dimensions are 196.5 x 63 cm.

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Colored Woodblock Print, Japan, 1830-1835

Lot 16: Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Colored Woodblock Print, Japan, 1830-1835

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Description: Color woodblock print Japan, Edo period (1615-1867), 1830-1835 Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌 川 国 芳 (1798-1861) - Japanese master of ukiyo-e woodblock prints Censor seal: Kiwame Publisher: Kagaya Kichiemon Signature: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga Format: ôban yoko-e Framed under mat Dimensions of the print: 23.5 x 33.5 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Woodcut by a Japanese master of the ukiyo-e genre in vivid colors This colored woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌 川 国 芳 (1798-1861) was made during the Japanese Edo period and dates in the time from 1830 to 1835. The work's title is 'Omori' 大 森 - 'Known locations in the Eastern Capital' and is from the series Toto meisho 东 都 名 所. It pictures two peasants while harvesting. They are shown on their boat on a calm river. The woodcut in harmonious colors is framed is a mat and comes in the ôban yoko-e formant. The work from the publisher Kagaya Kichiemon bears the censor seal Kiwame as well as the signature stamp Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga. The stamps are visible along the right margin of the picture. The woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi is in good condition with hardly any signs of wear consistent with age. The print measures 23.5 x 33.5 cm and the total size is 38 x 49 cm. Utagawa Kuniyoshi Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川國芳 was born in Japan in 1798. He was one of the most popular and important draughtsman of colored Japanese wood cuts of his time. His contamporaries ranked Kuniyoshi amidst the well-known woodcut artists like Utagawa Hiroshige or Utagawa Kunisada.

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Imari Porcelain Plate with Landscape Scene, Japan, Edo, c. 1700

Lot 17: Imari Porcelain Plate with Landscape Scene, Japan, Edo, c. 1700

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Description: Ko-Imari porcelain Underglaze blue, iron red and gold painting with polychrome enamel colors Japan, Edo period (1619-1868), around 1700 Polychrome painting with gold detailing Landscape and flower tendrils Dimensions: 22 x 3.5 cm (diameter x height) Very good condition Provenance: from a New Zealand private collection This Imari porcelain plate was crafted in Japan during the Edo period (1619-1868) around 1700 and features an ornate décor. The body is supported by a round, stepped foot rim. The plate is painted in underglaze blue and iron red as well as with polychrome enamel colors. The décor is accentuated in gold. In the mirror a Chinese style landscape with a pagoda in the distance can be discerned. The scene is surrounded by chrysanthemums and peony tendrils. The outer edge of the porcelain plate is also adorned with floral motifs. On the underside there are blue ring marks in the center of the foot rim. The Imari plate is in very good condition with hardly any signs of age and wear. It shows manufacturing flaws and minimal color abrasion. The diameter is 22 cm and the height measures 3.5 cm.

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Kutani Porcelain Vase with Imperial Gold Décor, Meiji, c. 1900

Lot 18: Kutani Porcelain Vase with Imperial Gold Décor, Meiji, c. 1900

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Description: Kutani porcelain Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912), 1880 / 1890 Underside with a central four character mark 锦苑 九 谷 Painted in polychrome enamel colors and gold Exceptional execution Emphasized shoulder Dimensions: 24 x 23 cm (height x diameter) Very good condition Provenance: from an American private collection An 'imperial' vase with highly detailed figural scenes and rich gold decoration This imperial Kutani porcelain vase was made in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912), around 1880 / 1890, and is richly decorated. Standing on a narrow circular base the ovoid body rises to a pronounced shoulder with a short neck and convex lip. Decorated with a central figural scene in polychrome enamel between decorative bands of iron red and gilding encircling the foot and shoulder. Represented are immortals, scholars, rulers and Okame, the goddess of fertility. Each figure features a unique expression and is dressed in a richly ornamented robe. Numerous poems are inscribed in between. The base with centrally placed four character mark 锦苑 九 谷. The vase is in very good condition with only slight signs of age and wear. Some gold and enamel color abrasion can be seen. The height is 24 cm and the diameter measures 23 cm.

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Cloisonné Vase with Floral Décor, Nagoya Style, Japan, c. 1900

Lot 19: Cloisonné Vase with Floral Décor, Nagoya Style, Japan, c. 1900

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Description: Cloisonné with brass Japan, around 1900 In Nagoya style Night blue ground with finest ornaments Birds on flowering cherry branch, irises, stylized lotus leaves and meander borders In original box and with a wooden base Height of the vase: 12 cm Perfect condition Provenance: from a French private collection Bulbous vase of distinguished beauty This Nagoya style cloisonné vase was drafted around 1900 in Japan and features a harmonious design. The ovoid vase stands on a slightly curved foot ring upon which the body rises, with an accentuated shoulder, a short neck and a flared lip. The finest ornaments are depicted on the night blue ground, showing birds on a flowering cherry branch and irises. Stylized lotus leaves frame the elements on the wall. Meander borders decorate the foot and lip and complete the decoration on the vase. Enclosed are an open work wooden base and the original box, which is lined with lilac silk. The cloisonné vase is in perfect condition and has a height of 12 cm. Including the base the height measures 14 cm.

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Signed Bronze Bottle Vase with Carp in Relief, Japan, Meiji

Lot 20: Signed Bronze Bottle Vase with Carp in Relief, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Bronze Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Base with maker's mark in relief Realistic depiction of a carp Height: 29.5 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Elegantly shaped vase with a representation of a carp as a symbol of financial success This bronze vase was crafted in the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912). The baluster shaped vase has a rich patina and stands on a round, stepped foot. The bulbous body ascends with a slender neck and a slightly flared mouth. The wall of the vase is decorated with a realistic representation of a carp. The fish is depicted in relief and the scales are precisely rendered. Underneath the framed maker's mark is visible on the base. The vase is in good condition with only slight signs of wear consistent with age. A dent can be seen in the lower area. The height measures 29.5 cm.

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Signed Bronze Sculpture of an Egret with Gilded Eyes, Meiji

Lot 21: Signed Bronze Sculpture of an Egret with Gilded Eyes, Meiji

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Description: Bronze Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912), late 19th Century Gilded eyes Artist's signature on the underside of the tail Richly detailed Dimensions: 22 x 18 x 10 cm (height x width x depth) Provenance: from a German private collection Life-like depiction of a heron made of bronze with gold elements This graceful bronze sculpture was made in Japan and dates back to the late 19th century Meiji period (1868-1912). It shows the lifelike figure of an egret in a standing position. It has long legs and detailed feathering. Its head is tilted to one side and its gaze is directed to the ground. The eyes of the heron are accentuated by gilding and the entire sculpture has a very vital or lively quality thanks to the realist representation and love of detail. Underneath, on the tail of the bird, an artist's signature can be found. The bronze sculpture shows signs of age and wear. The middle toe on the right foot is missing and small scratches and nicks are visible here and there. The beak is a little bent. The height is 22 cm, the width 18 cm and the depth 10 cm.

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Shugoro Hasuda Bronze Censer of an Oil lamp, Japan, 20th C

Lot 22: Shugoro Hasuda Bronze Censer of an Oil lamp, Japan, 20th C

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Description: Bronze Japan, 20th century Shugoro Hasuda (born 1915) - Japanese artist Impressed maker's mark on the base Middle Eastern Oil lamp form Phoenix head Length: 18cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A beautiful censer by a well-known Japanese artist - Works by Shugoro Hasuda achieve at international auctions up to 4300 € This bronze censer by the Japanese artist Shugoro Hasuda was made in the 20th century. The vessel has the shape of an oil lamp from the Middle East with a sweeping oval handle. The spout is modelled as a figurative head of a phoenix. The open work lid has an oval knob. The wall is decorated with engraved characters and the impressed maker's mark can be found on the base. The Shugoro Hasuda censer is in good condition with a natural patina and slight signs of wear. The length measures 18 cm.

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Two Wakizashi Japanese Swords and Scabbards, Meiji

Lot 23: Two Wakizashi Japanese Swords and Scabbards, Meiji

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Description: Wood, iron, bronze, lacquer, leather Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912), 18th or 19th century Fine black lacquer with parcel gilt-bronze relief decoration Leather with finely cast bronze relief decoration Sharp blades Total length: 48 cm; 60 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A collection of well-preserved swords whose fine fittings collectors will appreciate These two Japanese wakizashi are traditional samurai swords. The blade of the slightly shorter sword has a hira zukuri shape. The scabbard is made of black lacquer with a parcel gilt-bronze relief decoration. The pierced tsuba is made of iron. There is a kosuka whose handle is decorated with two flying cranes as symbols of immortality. The blade of the other sword has a shobu zukuri shape. The scabbard is made of embossed leather with a finely cast figural bronze relief decoration. The circular iron tsuba is wrought in the shape of a dragon as a symbol of power and strength. There is a kosuka whose handle is decorated with small, partly gilt Fo lions, which are believed to have protective powers. The swords are in good condition with minor signs of wear consistent with age. There is some rubbing to gilding. The blades are sharp. The swords measure 48 cm and 60 cm respectively in length, the blades measure approx. 35 and 42.5 cm.

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Chinese Sword and Scabbard with bronze mounts, Qing

Lot 24: Chinese Sword and Scabbard with bronze mounts, Qing

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Description: Wood, iron, bronze, lacquer, shagreen, leather China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 18th or 19th century Shagreen (sharkskin) with finely repoussé bronze mounts Sharp blade Total length: 71 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A traditional Chinese sword in good condition with fine fittings The Chinese sword was crafted in the Qing Dynasty. The blade is moderately curved with a more pronounced curve towards the tip. The scabbard is covered with shagreen and fine repoussé bronze mounts. A bronze hanger is attached. The sword is in good condition with minor signs of wear consistent with age. There is some rubbing to gilding. The blade is sharp. The sword measures 71 cm in length, the blade has a length of 49 cm.

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Collection of Celadon Colored Archer's Rings, China, Qing

Lot 25: Collection of Celadon Colored Archer's Rings, China, Qing

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Description: Celadon colored jade and other materials China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and later Varying shades of celadon green Height: 1.6 to 3 cm Inner diameter: 2 to 2.5 cm Good condition Provenance: from a Berlin private collection Five celadon colored rings in different sizes This collection of five celadon colored archer's rings dates to the Chinese Qing Dynasty and later. The rings show appealing variations in color and form. They each feature a sober shape. One of the rings is adorned with an archaic bat in relief - a symbol of longevity in Chinese tradition. Two of the thumb rings are made of jade. Their surfaces have an appealing, oily appearance which is usual only for original pieces - showcasing the excellent polish of the stone. The five rings are in good condition with minor signs of use. The inner diameter varies between 2 and 2.5 cm. The height varies between 1.6 and 3 cm.

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Two Jadeite Bangles in White and Green, China, late Qing

Lot 26: Two Jadeite Bangles in White and Green, China, late Qing

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Description: Apple green and white jadeite, one with honey yellow inclusion China, presumably late Qing dynasty (1644-1912) or 20th century Excellent polish and oily surface In matching jewelry box Diameter: 5.5 and 6.5 cm Very good condition Provenance: from a private collection Two bangles of overwhelming aesthetic These two very beautiful Jadeite bangles originate from China and were probably made in the late Qing dynasty or during the 20th century. Not only the beautiful color of apple green, which in one bangle merges with white and honey yellow, makes these two pieces of jewelry desirable objects. Also, the characteristic oily surface and excellent polish give the bangles a charming touch. The bangles are in very good condition, showing only minimal wear marks. The diameters are 5.5 and 6.5 cm.

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Lotus Leaf Bowl of Cut Agate, China, 19th / 20th Century

Lot 27: Lotus Leaf Bowl of Cut Agate, China, 19th / 20th Century

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Description: Agate China, 19th / 20th century So-called 'brushwasher' Partly open-work Partly with sculptural animal décor Transparent wall Dimensions: 9.5 x 4.5 cm (width x height) Good condition Provenance: from a private German collection Florally shaped bowl with extraordinary coral colored nuances This lotus leaf bowl was made of translucent agate and dates to 19th / 20th century China. The upturned leaf is resting on its curved stems as well as on further narrow leaves that decorate the wall. At the top of the lotus leaf different animals, such as two snails, a frog and a fish are visible. The agate has colored inclusions in brown to red nuances. Originally this bowl was a so-called 'brushwasher', in which the brush was moistened in water. This agate bowl is in good condition with minor hairline cracks to one spot of the body. The width is 9.5 cm and the height is 4.5 cm.

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Porcelain pendant with enamel on a silk ribbon, China, 20th C

Lot 28: Porcelain pendant with enamel on a silk ribbon, China, 20th C

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Description: Glazed porcelain, gold and polychrome enamel colors Silk ribbon, small ivory discs, glass, wooden, amber beads China, 20th century Central with Chinese character 斋戒 Zhai Jie Manchurian inscription Floral ornaments Total length: 40 cm Very good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Elegant porcelain pendant on silk ribbon This richly decorated Chinese porcelain pendant is worn on a brown silk ribbon. It has an oval shape and is glazed as well as decorated on both sides with polychrome enamel colors. In the center on one side the Chinese characters 斋戒 Zhai Jie and on the other side Manchu inscription can be seen. The edges of the pendant are accented with gold, glass, wooden and amber beads. Small ivory discs frame the upper and lower edges. The porcelain pendant is in very good condition with hardly any signs of age and wear. The total length is 40 cm.

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A Pair of Spinach Jade Vases, Imposing Archaic Décor, 20th C

Lot 29: A Pair of Spinach Jade Vases, Imposing Archaic Décor, 20th C

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Description: Spinach green jade (nephrite) Hetian, China, 20th century With certificate from the 'Deutschen Gesellschaft für Edelsteinbewertung' Exceptionally fine chasing and impressive relief carving Fine polish and even surface Partly open work Total dimensions: Each 52 x 26 cm (height x width) Weight: approx. 10 kg each Very good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Imposing pair with ornamental open work décor These precious, spinach green jade vases are reminiscent of an archaic bronze lei and were crafted in China the 20th century. The love for archaic artworks lasted from the Song Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, encouraged by literati who took inspiration from classicism, but also by rich merchants who wished to establish an understanding for the ancient culture. The vases are carried by a rectangular base ring and have a thick wall. Each body has a trapezoidal shape that tapers slightly downward. The necks of the vases are accentuated, the matching lid can be placed on the emphasized lip. Figural, open work handles with eight rings are attached to the sides and on the lids. The vases in spinach green color are adorned with an archaic decor all around. Huai style bands with taotie masks, dragons, magical pearls and other mythical creatures can be discerned. Each cover repeats the decor of the wall and is crowned by a dragon in reticulated carving work. The dragon can be turned and is removable. The vessel are very good condition with only minimal signs of age and wear. Despite the thickness of the material it is of translucent quality. The surface is shiny and has an oily appearance - bringing to attention the stone's excellent polish. The total dimensions are 52 cm in height and 26 cm in width. They each weigh approx. 10 kg each.

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Rare Spinach Green Hetian Jade of a Court Lady, China, 20th C

Lot 30: Rare Spinach Green Hetian Jade of a Court Lady, China, 20th C

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Description: Spinach green jade (nephrite), carved from one piece Hetian, China, 20th century With certificate of the 'Deutschen Gesellschaft für Edelsteinbewertung' Detailed carving Fine polish and even surface Partly open work Dimensions: 63 x 19 x 11 cm (height x width x depth) Weight: approx. 17.5 kg Very good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Very rare collector's item This fine court lady, carved from one piece of spinach green jade was crafted in Hetian, China in the 20th century. The figure stands in an upright position and holds a fan in her hands. The lady is wearing a long, finely carved robe in flowing forms and around the arms and waist a partly open work band is visible. The gaze is directed to the left and the face shows accurately crafted aristocratic facial features. Her pinned-up hair is adorned with a seated phoenix and the entire figure is crafted in delicate manual work. The spinach green jade shows an even surface - a sign of authenticity - which brings to bear the exceptional polish of the stone. In this size, the figure is a very rare collector's item that illustrates the fine Chinese craftsmanship. The jade court lady is in very good condition with just minimal signs of age and wear. The figure is provided with a certificate of the 'Deutschen Gesellschaft für Edelsteinbewertung'. The height measures 63 cm, the width 19 cm and the depth 11 cm. The figure weighs approx. 17.5 kg.

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Fire-Gilt Incense Stick Holder with Repoussé, Qing, 18th C

Lot 31: Fire-Gilt Incense Stick Holder with Repoussé, Qing, 18th C

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Description: Fire-gilt brass China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 18th century Fine repoussé relief Open work Hexagonal form Dragons chasing 'flaming pearls' 'Shou' characters Dimensions: 14 x 12.5 cm Very good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A beautiful piece which exhibits the virtuosity of Chinese craftsmanship This fire-gilt brass incense stick holder dates to the Qing Dynasty. It has a hexagonal form and is decorated all around in fine relief. The lower section features dragon ring masks with 'shou' characters as a symbol of longevity, crowned with a meander border. The open work top shows two dragons chasing 'flaming pearls' amidst swirling clouds. The knob shows a coiled dragon whose open mouth can hold the incense sticks. The beautiful relief decor is rendered in the finest manner with a great richness of detail. Notably the scaly bodies of the dragons are meticulously chased. The cover is in very good condition with only minor wear consistent with age. It measures 14 cm in height with a diameter of 12.5 cm.

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Embossed Chinese Export Lobed Silver Bowl by Guang Ji, c. 1895

Lot 32: Embossed Chinese Export Lobed Silver Bowl by Guang Ji, c. 1895

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Description: Silver China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), around 1895 Marked underneath with the mark of Guang Ji and 'Lainchang' Décor in high relief Diameter: 9.2 cm Height: 6 cm Weight: 103 grams Good condition Provenance: from a Swiss private collection Elegant silver bowl with floral decoration This finely crafted Chinese Export bowl was made by the silversmith Guang Ji for the European market around 1895. It is constructed in four panels, each decorated with a different plant in high relief- a peony, bamboo, cherry blossom and a lily. It is embossed all around and stands on a pedestal foot. One of the panels features a raised circular reserve ready to be engraved with personal initials. The silver bowl is in good condition with some traces of wear consistent with age. There are three small dents to the foot. The bowl weighs 103 grams and measures 6 cm in height and has a diameter of 9.2 cm.

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Chinese Export Silver Box and Cover by Dan Feng, early 20th C

Lot 33: Chinese Export Silver Box and Cover by Dan Feng, early 20th C

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Description: Silver Hangzhou, China, around 1920 Bares the maker's mark of Dan Feng Repoussé decorated lid Rare collector's item Central butterfly motif Measurements: ca. 4 x 8 x 10 cm (h x l x w) Good condition Provenance: from a Swiss private collection A delicate box with a finely wrought decor An early 20th century Chinese Export Silver box and cover by Dan Feng of Hangzhou. The lid exquisitely decorated in a heavy repoussé with a central stylised motif of a butterfly hovering over an open lotus flower. The side of the box is decorated with an engraved floral and foliate border of chrsyanthemum between classical Chinese borders. The inside of the box is separated into three compartments. This intricately decorated box is a rare example of Dan Feng's superb craftsmanship. The box is in good condition with some signs wear consistent with age. The bar of the hinge of the box is missing but can easily be replaced. The box measures approximately 4 x 8 x 10 cm. It is marked with the hallmark of Dan Feng.

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Silver Box and Cover with Fine Repoussé, Qing

Lot 34: Silver Box and Cover with Fine Repoussé, Qing

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Description: Silver China, late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) Fine repoussé Elegant figure scene Impressed maker's mark from the silversmith Sheng Hi Zhan on the underside Made for export Dimensions: 3.5 x 13 x 8 cm Weight: approx. 255 grams Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A fine silver box with a delicate decor catering to the European taste This charming silver box with cover dates to the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The lid and sides are elaborately decorated with fine repoussé work depicting a landscape of pine trees and bamboo groves as symbols longevity. Courtly ladies and scholars outside pagodas populate the lush natural environment. A floral band adorns the rim of the lid. The underside bears an impressed maker's mark from the silversmith Sheng Hi Zhan. The box was made for export. The box is in good condition with minor wear. It measures 3.5 cm in height, 13 cm in length and 8 cm in width. It weights approx. 255 grams.

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Bronze Figure, Buddha with Bhumisparsa Mudra, China, 17th C

Lot 35: Bronze Figure, Buddha with Bhumisparsa Mudra, China, 17th C

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Description: Bronze, dark patinated, partly gilt China, 17th century Pronounced curls with high ketumala Fine chased facial features On an double lotus pedestal Dimensions: 20.5 x 12 x 8.5 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Buddha sculpture with incisive facial features and an attractive surface with fine crackle This representation of Buddha was manufactured in the 17th century China and made of dark patinated bronze. The enlightened is shown in padmasana on a double lotus pedestal. In this position his left hand is placed upon his foot with the open palm facing upwards and an oval bowl. Meanwhile his right hand is placed over the knee and forms the bhumisparsa mudra. This gesture is called touching the earth, which Buddha used to call on the earth to bear witness to the truth of his words. Buddha wears simple kasaya monk's robe, which leaves right chest area uncovered. He has distinctive facial features with half-closed eyes, deep neck wrinkles and long earlobes. Through these features his grandeur is clarified, which is reinforced by the distinctive small curls and the high ketumala. The figure is in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. Some loss of patina as well as visible craquelure with underlying gilding are visible. The figure has a height of 20.5 cm, a width of 12 cm and a depth of 8.5 cm.

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Seated Buddha Bronze Figure on a Lotus Pedestal, Ming, 17th C

Lot 36: Seated Buddha Bronze Figure on a Lotus Pedestal, Ming, 17th C

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Description: Bronze China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), 17th century Lotus position Finely chased hem of robe Traces of lacquer remain Open work base Dimensions: 20 x 11.5 x 7 cm (height x width x depth) Provenance: from a German private collection Meditative expression with gesture of blessing and gift-bestowal, varada Mudra This Chinese bronze Buddha figure was crafted during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in the 17th century. Buddha is sitting on a lotus pedestal in padmasana, with the soles of his feet turned upward. The open work base is decorated with tendrils. The hands of the Enlightened form the gesture of blessing and gift-bestowal, varada mudra, shown with open palms facing forward. Buddha wears a finely chased kasaya monk's robe that leaves his chest uncovered. The small round curls on his head are crowned by the ushnisha with ketumala. The face has a meditative expression with half-closed eyes, a slight smile and the third eye urna is visible in the middle of the forehead. The traces of golden lacquer give the bronze a special charm. The bronze figure is in visually attractive condition with a natural patina and signs of wear consistent with age. Some loss of material at the shoulder, the head and on the back of the base as well as restorations there can be discerned. The height is 20 cm, the width 11.5 cm and the depth 7 cm.

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Bronze Tripod Censer and Cover with Fo Lion, Qing, 19th C

Lot 37: Bronze Tripod Censer and Cover with Fo Lion, Qing, 19th C

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Description: Cast Bronze China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century Retrospective six character mark of the Xuande period (1426-1435) Knob in form of a Fo Lion Hexagonal form Partly open work cover Natural patina Very good condition Dimensions: 15 x 12 cm (height x width) Provenance: from a German private collection Wall with fine floral chasing and clouds elements in repoussé work This Chinese incense burner is crafted of bronze and dates back to the 19th century of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The jar has a hexagonal shape, which is supported by three curved and ornate feet. The bulbous body forms a pointed shoulder with a narrow neck and a sweeping mouth rim. The partly open work cover closes the incense burner and has a handle with knob in form of a Fo Lion. The wall is adorned with floral chasing and the side handles are represented as cloud elements in repoussé work. The censer has a beautiful and natural patina. Underneath the retrospective six-character mark of Xuande period (1426-1435) can be seen. The censer is in very good condition with minor signs of wear consistent with age. The height measures 15 cm and width 12 cm. Fo Lions Fo lions, also called guardian lions, enjoy high popularity in Chinese art. Their appearance reminds one of a mixture of a dragon and a lion. These mythical creatures usually come in pairs and were originally positioned to guard the entrance of Buddhist temples. In the arts and crafts, they are often refigured as doorknockers or decorative ceramic, marble, or bronze vessels.

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Bronze Tripod Censer and Cover with Dragons, Ming/Qing, 17th C

Lot 38: Bronze Tripod Censer and Cover with Dragons, Ming/Qing, 17th C

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Description: Bronze China, Ming (1368-1644) or Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 17th century Retrospective six character mark of the Xuande period (1426-1435) Confronting Qilong dragons Finely cast and good patina Partly open work cover With Islamic inscription Dimensions: 16 x 16 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection Detailed crafted incense burner with figural dragon handle and circulating décor in relief This bronze incense burner was crafted in China and dates back to the Ming (1368-1644) or the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) of the 17th century. The bulbous body is carried by three ruyi ornate feet and the vessel and can be closed by the matching lid. The wall is decorated with a significant relief, which shows dragons playing with a miracle pearl. More qilong dragon representations are found in the confronting handles. Also the partially open work cover has a knob in the form of an entwined dragon between ruyi motifs, the symbol of longevity. Islamic inscription are visible in cartridges on the cover. The censer is finely casted and comes with a beautiful patina. Underneath the retrospective sixteenth character mark of the Xuande period (1426-1435) can be seen. The incense burner is in good condition with natural patina and only minor signs of wear consistent with age. The height and the width measures 16 cm.

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Bronze Tripod Censer with Xuande Mark, Qing, 17th C

Lot 39: Bronze Tripod Censer with Xuande Mark, Qing, 17th C

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Description: Cast Bronze China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 17th century Retrospective six character mark of the Xuande period Tripod censer Two curved handles on each side Textured patina Dimensions: 10 x 17 cm (height x width) Provenance: from a Canadian private collection Bulbous censer with simple wall The bronze censer was made in 17th century China during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The vessel has an archaic shape and can be classified as ading. The censer stands on three cone shaped feet. Above them the bulbous corpus ascends. The protruding lip, merging into the handles, accentuates the shape of the censer. The textured patina adds to the appeal of the plain vessel. The base bares a retrospective Xuande six character period mark on the underside. The censer has natural patina and shows signs of wear consistent with age. Small encrustations and pitting on the surface are visible. The height measures 10 cm and the width 17 cm.

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Silver and Copper Inlaid Tripod Censer and Cover, Qing

Lot 40: Silver and Copper Inlaid Tripod Censer and Cover, Qing

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Description: Cast bronze, fine silver and copper inlay China, late Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Character mark on the underside Knob in form of a Fo Lion Partly open work cover Shou characters Unusual form Total dimensions: 25 x 27 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: from a Austrian private collection Imposing lion heads on the side and an appealing wall by inlays of silver and copper This Chinese incense bronze burner from the late Qing dynasty (1644-1912. The vessel stands on three feet shaped like dragon's heads, with the three slim legs coming out of their mouths and supporting the body. The bulbous body forms a pronounced shoulder with inward sculpted neck and sweeping mouth rim. Two handles elevate on the mouth and a partly open work cover closes the burner. The knob has a form of a Fo Lion with pear in one paw. The wall is decorated with fine silver and copper inlays and two lion heads project laterally. Floral elements and shou characters are visible on the wall as well. The censer has an unusual shape and is provided on its underside with a character mark. The incense burner is in good condition with natural patina and signs of wear consistent with age. The height measures 25 cm and the width is 27 cm. Fo Lions Fo lions, also called guardian lions, enjoy high popularity in Chinese art. Their appearance reminds one of a mixture of a dragon and a lion. These mythical creatures usually come in pairs and were originally positioned to guard the entrance of Buddhist temples. In the arts and crafts, they are often refigured as doorknockers or decorative ceramic, marble, or bronze vessels.

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Pair of Figural Damascened Bronze Censers 'Luohan', 19th C

Lot 41: Pair of Figural Damascened Bronze Censers 'Luohan', 19th C

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Description: Silver and copper inlaid bronze China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century Expressive faces on Luohan Lifelike sika deer Beautiful patina Dimensions: 16.5 x 14 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A pair of unique censers made from the finest materials, whose charm derives from the lifelike modelling This pair of figural bronze censers dates to the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Both are modelled in the form of a lifelike sika deer carrying a Luohan - someone who has attained nirvana - sitting on a deer. This figure represents one of the 18 Arhats, named Pindola Bharadvaja, who was asked by the Buddha to remain on earth to spread the Dharma. The figures serve as lids and can be removed. The deer's fur shows little spots of silver and copper inlays. The Luohans' robes are adorned with delicate damascene decorations. Their expressive faces with a beard and prominent eyebrows are finely crafted. An incense stick can be placed into the figures' hands. The censers are in good condition with minor wear consistent with age. One of the Luohan shows a little hole in the front of his garment and a tiny tear to the back. Both figures used to hold something in their hands, which is missing. They each measure 16.5 cm in height and 14 cm in length.

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Pair of Damascened and Copper Inlaid Bronze Vases, Qing, 19th C

Lot 42: Pair of Damascened and Copper Inlaid Bronze Vases, Qing, 19th C

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Description: Silver and copper inlaid bronze China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 19th Century Figural scenes with immortals Bats as symbols of good fortune 'Shou' characters as symbols of longevity Beautiful patina Height: 20 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A pair of beautiful vases made from noble materials with decorations crafted in the finest manner This pair of Chinese bronze vases dates to the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). They are each of globular form set off from a splayed, stepped foot with a cylindrical neck ending in a flared lip. The silver and copper inlaid bronze body is decorated with 'shou' characters - as symbols of longevity - as well as figural scenes depicting courtly representations and warriors. A band of archaic bats - as symbols of good fortune - adorns the section below the neck. The latter is adorned with Chinese characters and two of the eight immortals - He Xiangu and Lü Dongbin - with their respective attributes amidst the clouds. Both vases show a beautiful patina. The vases are in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. The foot rim shows light calcareous deposits. Each vase measures 20 cm in height.

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Massive Damascened Bronze Ewer with Phoenix Head, Qianlong

Lot 43: Massive Damascened Bronze Ewer with Phoenix Head, Qianlong

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Description: Inlaid bronze China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 18th / 19th century Four character mark of the Qianlong period (1736-1795) on the underside Phoenix head spout Finely inlaid with silver Dimensions: 41 x 40 cm (height x width) Provenance: from a German private collection Large ewer with fine floral silver inlays and figurative spout This massive wine ewer was crafted in China and dates to the 18th / 19 century of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The jug is supported by an oval ring base, on which the round body ascends. The short neck forms an outwardly inclined mouth edge. The handle is curved and the spout has the form of a phoenix head. Fine, floral silver damascened adorn the wall. The ewer can be closed by the matching lid, which has a conical knob. On the underside the four character mark of the Qianlong period (1736-1795) is visible. The wine ewer is in visually attractive condition with signs of wear consistent with age. Dents and extensive restoration can be seen. The height is 41 cm and the width 40 cm.

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Bronze Vase with Figural Dragon Handles, Japan, around 1900

Lot 44: Bronze Vase with Figural Dragon Handles, Japan, around 1900

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Description: Bronze Japan, around 1900 Figural dragon handles Color-accented ornaments in relief Height: 39 cm Good condition Provenance: from a Berlin private collection Elegant vase with archaic ornaments This Japanese bronze vase captivates with its colored ornaments in relief. On an accented foot ring the bulbous body rises. The vase forms a long neck and a pronounced mouth. Laterally figural dragon handles are visible. Various subjects, like dragons and flowers can be seen in stylized cicada ornaments. The bronze vase is in good condition with natural patina. Usual signs of age and wear such as small nicks here and there are visible. The height measures 39 cm.

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Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Figure of a Luohan, Qing, 19th C

Lot 45: Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Figure of a Luohan, Qing, 19th C

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Description: Bronze and cloisonné enamel China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century Base with four character seal mark in relief Expressive face Rich patina On wooden stand (later) Height: 38.5 cm Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A fine cloisonné figure with expressive facial features This bronze figure of a Luohan - someone who has attained nirvana - dates to 19th century China. The old man is clad in a lavish robe decorated with cloisonné enamel. The fine garment, which covers his right shoulder, leaving his bony chest bare, is adorned with various emblems depicting cranes and dragons amidst tendrils. The expressive face is particularly appealing. The prominent eyebrows, the furrowed brow, the half-closed eyes and the tender expression are rendered with great artistic virtuosity. The elongated earlobes underline the Luohan's dignity. The base bears a four character seal mark in relief. The figure stands on a partially open-work wooden stand. The Luohan figure is in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. There is some pitting to the enamel. The object that the figure was holding in its hands is missing. There is material loss to the stand, which was added later. The figure measures 38.5 cm in height without the stand.

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Bronze and Cloisonne Enamel Figure of Guanyin, Qing, 19th C

Lot 46: Bronze and Cloisonne Enamel Figure of Guanyin, Qing, 19th C

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Description: Bronze and cloisonné enamel China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century Underside with four character mark in relief Serene expression On wooden stand with open-work decor (later) Height (without base): 40 cm Good condition Provenance: from an Austrian private collection A graceful cloisonné figure of notable size This bronze figure of a Guanyin dates to the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Guanyin is the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion. The deity is wearing a long robe lavishly adorned with cloisonné enamel as well as a precious necklace. She is holding a scroll in her left hand whilst her right thumb and index finger form the jnana mudra. Her face shows a serene expression with closed eyes. The high headdress is decorated with pierced flower ornaments. The underside bears a cartouche with a four character mark in relief. The figure stands on a wooden base with an open-work lotus decor. The Guanyin figure is in good condition with signs of wear consistent with age. The enamel is pitted overall with minor losses. There is a little restoration to the back. The wooden stand was added later and shows some wear. The figure measures 40 cm in height without the base. 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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Sober Huanghuali Coffee Table, China, Qing, 19th C

Lot 47: Sober Huanghuali Coffee Table, China, Qing, 19th C

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Description: Huanghuali China, late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century Noble design Beautiful grain Appealing patina Dimensions: 45 x 95 x 95 cm Visually good condition Provenance: from a German private collection A tasteful and timeless piece of furniture made from one of the most coveted timbers in the world This table, which dates to the late Qing period, is made of Huanghuali - one of the most expensive woods in the world. The square table top is supported by four straight legs with accentuated feet. A sober design with clear lines and elegant proportions defines this piece of furniture. The body shows the beautiful grain of the Huanghuali wood. The latter has a vivid yellowish-brown color with an appealing patina. 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 45 cm in height and 95 cm in length and width. Huang-hua-li Huanghuali (Dalbergia odorifera) is a rare rosewood type, which was used in China for traditional medicine and to make precious furniture. Originally known as huali or hualu, the specification 'huang' (yellowish-brown) was added in the 20th century to differentiate between aged Huanghuali with a yellowish brown patina and newer, so-called xinhuali. Huanghuali literally means 'yellowish blooming pear wood'. Very good Huanghuali wood has a shimmering, near translucent surface with a beautiful, abstract grain. The colour varies from reddish brown to golden yellow. Huanghuali probably originally came from the island Hainan, but similar kinds also grow in northern Vietnam, Guangxi and Indochina.

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Pair of Miniature Huanghuali Cabinets, Ming style, China, Qing

Lot 48: Pair of Miniature Huanghuali Cabinets, Ming style, China, Qing

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Description: Huanghuali wood China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) Ming style Elegant, tapering form Fine grain and patina Brass latches Interior drawers Dimensions: 58.5 x 43 x 18.5 cm Good condition Provenance: from a Belgian private collection Two small cabinets made from one of the most valuable woods in the world This pair of Ming style cabinets dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and was crafted from the rare and valuable huanghuali wood. Each cabinet is of rectangular tapering form, with a protruding top above two panel doors opening to two drawers and a shelf. They are raised on a simple apron with curved spandrels and short square legs. There are brass latches, hinges and pulls. The fine grain and patina make these pieces of furniture particularly appealing. The cabinets are in good condition with light wear. One is missing the latch on the central divider. The locks are missing. There are traces of minor restoration. The cabinets 58.5 cm in height, 43 cm in width and 18.5 cm in depth. Huang-hua-li Huanghuali (Dalbergia odorifera) is a rare type of rosewood that was used in China for traditional medicine and to make precious furniture. Originally known as huali or hualu, the specification 'huang' (yellowish-brown) was added in the 20th century to differentiate between aged Huanghuali with a yellowish brown patina and newer, so-called xinhuali. Huanghuali literally means 'yellowish blooming pear wood'. Very good Huanghuali wood has a shimmering, near translucent surface with a beautiful, abstract grain. The colour varies from reddish brown to golden yellow. Huanghuali probably originally came from the island Hainan, but similar kinds also grow in northern Vietnam, Guangxi and Indochina.

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Gilt-Wood Carving of a Luohan with Bowl, China, Qing

Lot 49: Gilt-Wood Carving of a Luohan with Bowl, China, Qing

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Description: Gilt wood China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) Luohan with cheerful expression With handles on the sides Dimensions: 45 x 39 x 21 cm Provenance: from an Austrian private collection A decorative piece of Chinese woodcraft This fine wood sculpture dates to the Qing Dynasty. The carving shows a Luohan, a follower of the Buddha who has reached nirvana, sitting on a rock. The elderly man is clad in a robe, which is draped over his left shoulder leaving his bony chest bare. His face, with a prominent beard and bushy eyebrows, has a cheerful expression. His head is crowned with wild curls. The figure and its environment are carved in great detail. Next to the Luohan there is a naturally shaped bowl with an opening on the top and on the front. The carving rests on a red lacquered base, there are handles attached to the sides. The carving shows some cracks, minor losses and rubbing to the gilding. It measures 45 cm in height, 39 cm in width and 21 cm in depth.

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Root Wood Figure 'Lucky God Shoulao with Heron', China, c. 1900

Lot 50: Root Wood Figure 'Lucky God Shoulao with Heron', China, c. 1900

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Description: Root wood, nice patina China, around 1900 Open work Highly detailed depiction Dimensions: 87 x 35 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: from a Italian private collection Fine carving of the lucky god Shoulao This root wood figure of Shoulao was crafted in China around 1900 and is a highly detailed carving on a natural plinth. Shoulao is seen with his characteristically large bald head and long, finely chased beard. The precisely carved face shows a wide smile and the figure is wearing an ornamented robe. In his left hand Shoulao holds a gnarled stick with a scroll attached. In his right hand a pomegranate branch with fruits is visible. The pomegranate is the symbol of fertility and the abundance of children. Shoulao is flanked by a laughing child and a heron with fine plumage. The open work carving shows a nice patina and the ornate presentation invites to marvel. The root wood figure shows signs of age and wear. Drying cracks all around and minimal loss of material can be seen. The height measures 87 cm and the width 35 cm.

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