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Auction Description for Auctionata: Asian Antiques
Viewing Notes:
A preview at Auctionata on Sep 09/10 is only possible by prior appointment. Tel: +49 30 9832 0221, E-mail: sales@auctionata.com
Sale Notes:
My personal top-lot is the pair of Indian 19th century marble sculptures "Adornats", which are hand-painted with a polychrome lacquer. The Japanese netsuke with their beautiful patina show exceptional craftsmanship and tell the story of an intriguing country. Unmatchable is the incredibly detailed carving of a boat, which was made in China and has been carved from a peaches' stone. Especially charming are the three little figure that are leaning over the reeling!" From Burma we present you with the precious "Buddha Maravijaya", which is a lacquered and gilded wood carving with intricate mirror and glass inlay from the 1920s. The watercolour of the holy Mount Fuji from the Meiji period depicts the mountain in its full glory and is a real treat for the eyes that mirrors the subtle tone of Japanese painting par excellence. http://auctionata.com

Asian Antiques

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75 lots with images

September 13, 2013

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Stone Head of a Khmer Deity, Angkor Wat, 12/13th Century

Lot 1: Stone Head of a Khmer Deity, Angkor Wat, 12/13th Century

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Description: Stone Kingdom Khmer - Cambodia, 12/13th Century Fine sculptural work Delicate chiseling Overall height with socket: 19 cm Good condition in relation to its age This stone head of a Khmer deity dates back to the Angkor Wat period in Cambodia. The head has very expressive facial features with one continuous brow, wide, open eyes, a broad nose, rubbery lips and very distinctive earlobes (as a traditional sign for world renunciation). The deity is equipped with a pair of earrings and a cornonal. Above that crowns its traditional hair style, the mukuta. The piercing gaze of the deity is full of solemnity and dignity. Especially impressive are its finely sculptured facial features as its ornamental head garment. The stone head is in good, age related condition. At some places is the stone slightly damaged and there are a few, minor notches, for example at the tip of the nose and underneath the ears. The overall dimensions are with the socket 19 cm, without 11 cm.

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Sword with ornamented Wood Sheath, South East Asia, 19th C

Lot 2: Sword with ornamented Wood Sheath, South East Asia, 19th C

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Description: Iron, brass, wood South East Asia, probably 19th century Exceptional and carved wood handle Wood sheath with carved ornaments Length: 68 cm Width: 3.8 cm The present sword originates in South East Asia and was probably made in the 19υth century. The long iron blade features an exceptional and carved wooden handle with iron and brass mounts. The end of the handle divides in two parts. The wooden sheath shows carved ornamental motifs and two brass bands. The sword is in good condition related to its age. The wood and the iron have some cracks; the iron is rusty in some parts. The sides of the sheath and its top are broken. The sword is 68 cm long and 3.8 cm wide.

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Lot 3: Bronze Figure of "Buddha Maravijaya", Thailand, 19th C

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Description: Bronze Thailand, 19th Century Figure of a Lan Na style Buddha Maravijaya Fine molding, partly gilded Overall height: roughly 18.5 cm Very good condition with beautiful patina This Thai bronze figure of Buddha Maravijaya was manufactured in the 19υth century in the Lan Na style. Buddha has broad shoulders and a narrow waist, and is dressed in monk's robes. He has artfully curled hair and an oval-shaped head with expressive, idealized facial features. With high arched eyebrows, a broad nose, half-closed eyelids and a gently smiling mouth with thick lips Buddha exudes peace and inner balance. With the fingers of the right hand Buddha touches the earth, while the palm of the left hand lying in his lap is facing upwards. This gesture is calledMaravijaya. It was used by Buddha to call the earth as a witness after he had resisted the temptation of Mara. In Buddhism Mara is the personification of death and disaster and is a symbol of the suffering world of Samsara. The bronze is in very good condition with age-related traces of use and a nice patina. The height of the figure is roughly 18.5 cm.

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Bronze Head of Buddha on Wooden Base, Thailand, 19th Century

Lot 4: Bronze Head of Buddha on Wooden Base, Thailand, 19th Century

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Description: Bronze Thailand, 19th Century Brown patina On wooden base Overall height, incl. base: roughly 21.5 cm This brown patinised Thai bronze head of Buddha was cast in the 19th Century. It has a narrow shape with a Ketumala, elaborately curled hair, long earlobes and expressively idealized facial features. The eyes under the high, arched brows are half-shut, the nose is broad and the lips are thick. The head exudes peace and balance! The bronze shows traces of age and use with partial surface corrosion and some loss of material at the top of the Ketumala and the rear area of the neck. The height is 15.5 cm (head) and roughly 21.5 cm (head with base).

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Wood and Lacquer Figure

Lot 5: Wood and Lacquer Figure "Buddha Maravijaya", Burma, around 1920

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Description: Wood with gilded lacquer coat Burma, around 1920 Figure of a Buddha Maravijaya Finely decorated carving With mirror and glass inlays Total height: roughly 61 cm This Burmese figure of a Buddha Maravijaya dates in the early 20υth Century. It is a lacquer painted and gilded woodcarving with fine ornaments and decorative, colored glass applications. Buddha is seated and dressed in monk's robes. He has artfully curled hair and a round shaped head with pronounced ear lobes. His expressive, idealized facial features show high arched eyebrows, a broad nose and a gently smiling mouth with thick lips. With his half-closed eyelids Buddha exudes peace and inner balance. With the fingers of the right hand Buddha touches the earth, while the palm of the left hand lying in his lap is facing upwards. This gesture is called Maravijaya. It was used by Buddha to call the earth as a witness after he had resisted the temptation of Mara. In Buddhism Mara is the personification of death and disaster and is a symbol of the suffering world of Samsara. The wood and lacquer figure shows signs of age and use and has some surface cracks with little loss of material, while the gold paint is significantly rubbed off in places. The total height roughly measures 61 cm.

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Ivory Carving

Lot 6: Ivory Carving "Krishna and Radha", India, late 19th Century

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Description: India, late 19th century Ivory and wood Figural relief carving mounted on pedestal Overall height including base: 14.4 cm Excellent condition This extremely fine relief ivory carving originates from India and dates to the late 19υth century. It is a religious depiction of Krishna with his beautiful lover Radha in his heavenly abode Goloka. The two are gracefully dancing under the thick foliage of a tree in which two birds are sitting. Their gorgeous clothing is moved by their dynamic paces. On the other side of the bole, we see the holy cow Surabhi grazing. A peacock, an animal that is often depicted with Krishna, is sitting on a branch. The ivory was carved in India and later mounted on a wooden pedestal in Europe.The work is distinguished by its extremely fine, detailed composition and the excellent condition. The dimensions are 14.4 cm (height with pedestal) and 10.5 cm (height without pedestal).Krishna The prince Krishna is deified as the eighth avatar of Vishnu and is recognised as the Supreme Being descended on earth. He has a bluish skin complexion and wears a peacock feather in his hair. Together with his lover Radha, he lives in his heavenly abode Goloka, where the pasture of Surabhi, the mother of all cows, is located.

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Pair of Marble Sculptures

Lot 7: Pair of Marble Sculptures "Adorants", India, 19th Century

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Description: Marble India, 19th century Two sculptural, figural stelae Extremely fine sculpturing with hand-painted, polychrome lacquer coating Total height, including base: each 89.5 cm Provenance: From the estate of Wolfgang Ritter, entrepreneur from Bremen and one of Oskar Kokoschka's patrons This pair of marble stelae dates to the 19υth century India. It displays two sculptural adorant figures. They stand on elevated, octagonal pedestals; each adorant has one leg crossed over the other, a lotus sceptre in one hand and a fly whisk above the head in the other. The adorants wear crowns and are dressed in rich garments. In addition, they are fitted out with pieces of jewellery like earrings, necklaces, and arm and ancle bracelets. The finely carved and chiseled surface displays clearly visible remains of hand-painted lacquer ornaments in gold, red, green and blue. The coating is more preserved on the reverse and shows impressively beautiful, elaborate decorations.Underneath the pedestals, which are adorned with lotus flowers, there are four small, sitting lions each. The work, which indicates striking artisanship of the highest degree, displays a combination of different stylistic characteristics: on the one hand, Indian elements are clearly employed, while on the other hand the lion figures are unusual for Asian imagery and suggest European influences. Viewing the richly decorated pillars on the reverse side of the figures, the influence of the Mughal style is obvious. These different aspects lead to the assumption that these stelae could have adorned the house entrance of an important European in India, before they were converted to lamp stands and mounted on gilded bronze bases in later times.The marble stelae have an optically appealing appearance, appropriate for their age. Besides the usual signs of age and loss of colour, both stelae display various breakages with loss of material in protruding spots like nose and corners, two lion figures per piece are completely lost. Additionally, one hand shows a repaired breakage with the lower grip of the fly whisk missing. Some smaller parts were remodeled and restored. The dimensions for both are 89.5 cm (total height including the bronze base) and 82.5 cm (height of each stele).

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Bronze figure

Lot 8: Bronze figure "Krishna in the Tribhanga Mudra", India, ca. 1900

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Description: Bronze India, around 1900 Miniature figure of Krishna playing instruments Fine cast Chiselled Height: 12.5 cm Very good condition This Indian miniature bronze dates to the period around 1900 and shows Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. He is standing in the Tribhanga Mudra, one leg bent in front of the other, and holding a flute to his lips. (The flute is missing!) This is a classical dance form, which is considered as the most graceful and sensuous positions of Odissi. The 12.5 cm high bronze is in very good condition. Only the flute, which would complete the figure, is missing! Krishna The prince Krishna is deified as the eighth avatar of Vishnu and is recognised as the Supreme Being descended on earth. He has a bluish skin complexion, is playing the flute and usually wears a peacock feather in his hair. Together with his lover Radha, he lives in his heavenly abode Goloka.

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Engraved, Enameled & Painted Cigar Box, India, around 1900

Lot 9: Engraved, Enameled & Painted Cigar Box, India, around 1900

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Description: Silver plated brass, wood India (or Persia), probably 19th Century Very finely engraved and painted Lovely floral and animal decoration Dimensions: 2.7 (H) x 16.3 (W) x 10.4 (D) cm This Indo-Persian box in rectangular shape probably dates from the 19th Century. It delights with its very finely engraved and polychrome painted decoration of flowers and animals. Lid and sides are colored in beige and adorned with tendrils, flowers, birds, elephants, tigers and roes. The garnishment is surrounded by blue and red borders. The interior of the box is lined with wood. The box is in good overall condition, but has clear signs of use. The underside is scratched and the silver plating has come off on the edges, so that the brass shines through. The lid is loose on the right side. The dimensions are 2.7 (H) x 16.3 (W) x 10.4 (D) cm.

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Japanese Porcelain Dish in the Chinese Kraak Style, 17th C

Lot 10: Japanese Porcelain Dish in the Chinese Kraak Style, 17th C

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Description: Porcelain Japan, late 17th century White with cobalt blue underglaze painting Decorated in the manner of Chinese kraak porcelain of the early 17th century Diameter: 22.8 cm Very good condition This Japanese porcelain dish dates to the late 17υth century and was made in the style of Chinese kraak porcelain of the early 17υth century in cobalt blue underglaze painting. It shows ornamental elements as well as a single ring around the foot rim.The dish is in very good condition with only minor traces of age and wear. Its diameter is 22.8 cm.Kraak Porcelain The term "Kraak porcelain" describes Chinese porcelain that was produced and exported to Europe predominantly during the Wanli era (1573-1619). It is believed to be named after the Portuguese trading ships, so-called Carracks, in which it was transported. The underglaze blue decor of kraak porcelain is typically divided into segments and shows traditional motifs such as stylised blossoms or Buddhist symbols.

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Boxwood Netwuke of a Monkey, Japan, 18th Century

Lot 11: Boxwood Netwuke of a Monkey, Japan, 18th Century

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Description: Boxwood Japan, 18th century Himotoshi on the side 5 cm (height); 3 cm (width) Good condition This humorous netsuke was made in Japan during the 18υth century. The depiction of a monkey (sari) carrying a bundle on its shoulder was carved out of boxwood. The himotoshi (cord holes) to secure the netsuke are found on the side.The netsuke is in good condition with traces of age and wear; it is noticeably worn, attesting to its use as a palm stone. The netsuke has a height of 5 cm and a width of 3 cm.Japanese Netsuke Japanese netsuke are small carvings hung on cords as a counterweight to thesagemono ("hanging container") that were attached to the belt of pocket-less Asian clothing. This enabled the wearer to carry small objects like pipes, tobacco, money or other personal belongings.Netsuke were initially made out of root wood, other materials also used were ivory, whale and walrus teeth, boxwood, bamboo and staghorn, among others. A variety of mythological symbols, especially the Seven Lucky Gods, were depicted, as well as animals, flowers, fruits and everyday objects and scenes.Netsuke originated in the late 17υth century with the strengthening of the middle class and remained in use until the 1880s, when the kimono went out of style as an item of everyday clothing.

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Ivory Netsuke of Two Doggies, Japan, 18th/19th Century

Lot 12: Ivory Netsuke of Two Doggies, Japan, 18th/19th Century

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Description: Ivory Japan, 18th/19th century Finely carved Large himotoshi on the underside 1.9 cm (height); 2.7 cm (length) Good condition This ivory netsuke originates from Japan and dates to the 18υth or early 19υth century. It shows two puppies snuggled up against each other. The paws, ears and faces are finely carved. The himotoshi (cord holes) for securing the netsuke are located on the underside.The netsuke in the form of two doggies is in good condition with a wonderful honey patina. It has several cracks due to age as well as traces of wear. The netsuke measures 1.9 cm in height and 2.7 cm in length.Japanese Netsuke Japanese netsuke are small carvings hung on cords as a counterweight to thesagemono ("hanging container") that were attached to the belt of pocket-less Asian clothing. This enabled the wearer to carry small objects like pipes, tobacco, money or other personal belongings. Netsuke were initially made out of root wood, other materials also used were ivory, whale and walrus teeth, boxwood, bamboo and staghorn, among others. A variety of mythological symbols, especially the Seven Lucky Gods, were depicted, as well as animals, flowers, fruits and everyday objects and scenes. Netsuke originated in the late 17υth century with the strengthening of the middle class and remained in use until the 1880s, when the kimono went out of style as an item of everyday clothing.

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Scroll with Zen Painting of Hotei, Japan Late 17th/18th Century

Lot 13: Scroll with Zen Painting of Hotei, Japan Late 17th/18th Century

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Description: Scroll painting Japan, late 17th/18th century Depiction of Hotei with tortoise Signed and seal mark front, right Inscription on verso, upper edge 104 x 49 cm This scroll painting with a depiction of Hotei was made in the 17υth/18υth century in Japan. Hotei, the Japanese god of contentment is shown together with a tortoise. He is one of the seven Japense gods of luck (Shichi Fukujin). He is usually shown as a monk with a large belly and a smile. This depiction is restrained with precise and simple brushstrokes. The scroll painting showing 'Hotei' shows clear signs of age and wear; several folds, defects upper area. One of the handles of the mount is missing. There is a signature and a seal on the front, right; inscription on verso, upper edge. The scroll painting measures 104 x 49 cm and the image measures 37x 41cm.

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Japanese Colour Woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1846-1854

Lot 14: Japanese Colour Woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1846-1854

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Description: Japan, between 1846-1854 Colour Woodblock print Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and pupils Signature: Several inscriptions, seals and artist signatures Dimension: Oban Format; 34,5 x 23 cm This Japanese wood cut is a so called Harimaze-e, more or less meaning a collection of different sized paintings. These were meant to be cut out and placed next to each other in different orders. The ones at hand show figures, landscapes and flowers. The sheet has thinned, partly repaired areas and is slightly fringy at the borders and also stained. Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Utawaga Hiroshige was together with Kuniyoshi und Kunisada one of the most influential masters of the Japanese color woodcuts at the end of the Edo-time. He is also known as Andō Hiroshige.

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Japanese Scroll Painting by Sasaki Senryu, around 1860/80

Lot 15: Japanese Scroll Painting by Sasaki Senryu, around 1860/80

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Description: Paper and silk, mounted on paper Japan, around 1860-1880 Sasaki Senryu (1808-1884) - Japanese artist Motif with sparrow and bamboo With artist's signature and Japanese characters Composed of several sheets Image dimensions: roughly 92.5 x 28.5 cm Overall Dimensions: roughly 163.5 x 42 cm This Japanese scroll painting is composed of several sheets of paper and silk, mounted on paper. It is a signed work of the artist Sasaki Senryu (1808-1884) and shows a sparrow in a bamboo grove. Senryu was a student of Tsursawa Tansen and Kano Tanshin. In 1852 he became personal painter of the Kaga clan and received the titleHokyo. The scroll painting is mounted on paper. It has significantly browned in places and shows clear creases and some material losses. It is provided with the artist's signature and Japanese characters. The dimensions roughly are 92.5 x 28.5 cm (image) and 163.5 x 42 cm (overall dimensions).

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Flawless Imari Wall Plate, Japan, 19th Century

Lot 16: Flawless Imari Wall Plate, Japan, 19th Century

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Description: Imari porcelain Japan, 19th century Hand-painted plate Under- and overglaze decor Diameter: 46.5 cm Excellent condition This extraordinarily large and decorative Imari porcelain plate features a deep face and a slightly wavy rim with a curved edge. The white base of the plate has an under and overglaze decor in cobalt blue, iron red and gilt in parts. The face shows a gorgeous flower bouquet while the rim is adorned with four cartouches and a floral ornamentation. The outer edge also displays a stylised vine decor in blue painting.The porcelain is in excellent condition with most minimal manufacturing imperfections at the rim. The reverse side of the wall plate features a suspension system. The diameter of the plate is 46.5 cm.Imari porcelain The term "Imari porcelain" is used for Japanese hard-paste porcelain produced in the town of Arita on the island of Kyūshū, where porcelain was first successfully produced in 1616. This porcelain was so similar to the especially high-quality Chinese kind, that the seven hundred year old monopoly was broken.

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Two Inlaid Wood Boxes, Europe and Japan, 19th Century

Lot 17: Two Inlaid Wood Boxes, Europe and Japan, 19th Century

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Description: Wood with metal fittings Europe and Asia, 19th or 20th century Rectangular boxes with hinged lids Veneered and partly painted Lacquered inside Dimensions: 8.5 x 28.5 x 10.5 cm and 7.2 x 30.4 x 10.3 cm (height x width x depth) This lot comprises two rectangular wood boxes with metal fittings and hinged lids. One of them originated in Europe and displays an extensive root wood veneer with bronze inserts. When opened, the front of the box can be folded down. The inside is covered with clear lacquer. The second box comes from Asia and has a lid veneer composed of geometric fields, painted with floral elements and a bird motif. The interior and underside are covered with black lacquer.Both boxes display signs of age and wear with surface scratches, cracks and minimal loss of material. The lock of the Asian box is faulty. The keys are missing! The dimensions (height x width x depth) are 8.5 x 28.5 x 10.5 (European box) and 7.2 x 30.4 x 10.3 cm (Asian box).

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Midnight Blue Cloisonné Vase with Suzume Sparrow, Japan, Meiji

Lot 18: Midnight Blue Cloisonné Vase with Suzume Sparrow, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Cloisonné with silver wire on copper body Silver plated rims Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Artist's signature in a cartouche on the underside Height: 15.5 cm Very good condition This beautiful midnight blue cloisonné vase has a slightly round bodied corps with silver-plated mouth- and foot-rim. On the face side, it shows a Suzume-sparrow flying over a flower meadow. The vase is in very good condition with only two barely visible nicks on the surface. It is signed on the bottom. The height is 15.5 cm.

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Beautiful richly decorated Cloisonné Vase, Japan, Meiji

Lot 19: Beautiful richly decorated Cloisonné Vase, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Cloisonné with silver wire Brass body with silver-plated rims Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Artist's signature in shape of a lotus flower on the underside Exceedingly fine, richly decorated vase Height: 18.3 cm Very good condition This very rich executed, polychrome cloisonné vase has a rectangular, rounded body with silver wire and silver plated mouth- and foot-rim. It shows four large reserves with birds and plants such as wisteria, iris, cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums. The background is densely ornamented with archaic bordures, Phoenix symbols and decorative floral elements. This narrow-necked vase is used for the Ikebana art of flower arranging. The vase is in excellent condition. The underside is marked with a lotus flower. The height is 18.3 cm.

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Finely Crafted Lidded Vessel, Japan, Meiji Period

Lot 20: Finely Crafted Lidded Vessel, Japan, Meiji Period

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Description: Bronze Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Koro incense burner Body with phoenix, dragon and Qilin Made in archaic style Overall height: ca.25 cm Good condition This archaic Chinese style bronze incense burner was made during the Meiji period (1868-1912) in Japan. It has a bulbous body with two handles consisting of two dragons with a miracle pearl. The upper rim shows a meander relief while the upper part of the shoulders is decorated with vines and flowers as well as the dragon motif. The royal symbols in the form of phoenix and dragon are found on the sides. Also depicted is the mythical creature Qilin. The entire piece is wonderfully chiselled, resulting in sculptural forms in relief. The bowl stands on three feet shaped like dragon's heads, with the three slim legs coming out of their mouths and supporting the body. The lid, from whose centre the knob in the form of a branch stands out, is decorated with leaves.The 25 cm high bronze incense burner is in good condition. Some malachite-coloured spots can be seen inside. Traces of soldering and minor dents are seen on the lid. The little bird can be moved, but is not loose. Minimal traces of soldering are visible on the underside of the larger bird.

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Richly Decorated Bronze Vase with Inlays, Japan, Meiji Period

Lot 21: Richly Decorated Bronze Vase with Inlays, Japan, Meiji Period

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Description: Bronze with different metal inlays Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Very finely made using the Katakiri technique and extremely detailed inlays 30 cm (height) Very good condition The bronze vase was made in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912). It has a big mouth, a wide neck and a slightly downwards tapering body. The neck is decorated with a dragon and stylised clouds. The body is decorated with bronze applications in the form of flowers, plants and birds. The lilacs in the front gleam in red and golden tones. In addition, branches and flowers were carved into the bronze vase using the Katakiri technique. This creates a wonderful, three-dimensional appearance. The various metals used for the applications are notable: shibuichi, sentoku, bronze, copper - partly silver plated, partly gilded. A gorgeous interplay of colours and an example of highest workmanship! The richly decorated bronze vase is in good condition with traces of age and wear. The vase shows an age-related, malachite green patina in some places and there is a small scratch on the mouth. The vase is marked with a character on the underside. The height is 30 cm.

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Bronze Cachepot with Nio Guardian Figure, Japan, Meiji Period

Lot 22: Bronze Cachepot with Nio Guardian Figure, Japan, Meiji Period

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Description: Bronze; dark and light patina Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Relief on the floor, inner side, with Japanese characters Removable inlay of high quality - signed also on the underside 29.5 cm (height); 23 cm (diameter) This Japanese cachepot dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and it is made of Bronze. It has a removable pot with rich decorations; floral medallions. The walls of the cachepot show a bird and a Nio guardian in high relief. On the inner side there is a relief landscape with Japanese characters on the floor. The base consists of lion masks which transition into paws, forming the feet of the cachepot. Bot pots show signs of age and wear; dents, tears, scratches, solder marks and repairs are apparent. Two of the feet are loose. The inner sides of the cachepot and pot show malachite-green patination and some dirt. The outer cachepot measures 29. 5 cm (height); 23 cm (diameter). The inner pot measures 23 cm (height) and 22 cm (diameter).

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Kutani Porcelain Vase with Floral Decor, Japan, Meiji Period

Lot 23: Kutani Porcelain Vase with Floral Decor, Japan, Meiji Period

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Description: Porcelain Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Hand-painted in gold, iron-red and polychrome enamel colours Artist's signature on the underside 27 cm (height) Good condition This highly decorative Kutani vase dates to the Meiji period (1868-1912) and was made in Japan. It has a very long, protruding neck. It is visually divided in four sections beginning with a slightly flared opening in iron-red and a golden tendril. Flowers, birds and archaic bats are seen on the bulbous body. The entire vase is painted iron-red and gold. The bright, ivory base shows the fine craquelure which also covers the bottom and inside of the vase.The 27 cm high vase is in very good condition; merely the gold is slightly abraded. The Kutani signature is found on the underside.

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Decorative Pair of Japanese Arita Vases, Meiji Period

Lot 24: Decorative Pair of Japanese Arita Vases, Meiji Period

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Description: Arita porcelain Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Elephant masks on the neck Representation of phoenixes and peonies Height: 31 cm Very good condition The beautiful, large pair of Japanese vases dates to the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912). This piece of Arita porcelain is a mixture of Kutani and Imari. The vases have an unusually archaic form and elephant masks decorate both sides of the necks. Dragons surrounded by flames in oddly shaped cartridges are seen between these elephant heads. Representations of phoenixes and giant peonies are seen on the body. It is also decorated with an image of a samurai with a court lady. The colourful ornamental painting makes these vases a precious artifact.The pair of Japanese vases is in very good condition with minimum paint abrasion. The vases have a six-character mark on the underside and also an artist signature inside the large cartouche. The height of each vase is 31 cm.

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Pair of Elegant Porcelain Vases with Immortals, Japan, Meiji

Lot 25: Pair of Elegant Porcelain Vases with Immortals, Japan, Meiji

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Description: Hand painted porcelain Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Apocryphal Kangxi mark on the underside 12 cm (height, both) Good condition This pair of blue and white vases comes from China; they date to around 1891. Both vases have an everted lip, a small opening and a long neck; bulbous body, tapered towards the foot. The body of each vase shows a depiction of an immortal. The image is mirrored on the vases. The pair of vases is in very good condition. They measure 12 cm each and show an apocryphal mark on the underside 'Da Qing QUangxu Nian Zhi'. There is a red seal on both of the vase's walls.

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Elegant Satsuma Vase with Shoki and Oni, Japan, 19th Century

Lot 26: Elegant Satsuma Vase with Shoki and Oni, Japan, 19th Century

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Description: Ceramics with glaze and craquelure, enamel and gold paint Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Satsuma ceramics Depiction of the demon hunter Shoki and the Japanese demon Oni Fine craquelure 18 cm (height) Good condition This enchanting vase is made of Satsuma ceramic. It dates to the Meiji period (1868-1912), Japan. The walls show finely drawn depictions of the Japanese demon hunter Shoki and two small devils - so-called Oni. The small demon is sitting on a telegraph pole, with a wire that connects to the rock, behind which Shoki is hiding. This humorous execution is an ironic representation of old and new connections. The piece is coloured and decorated with gold. The beige surface shows fine craquelure on the glaze. The Satsuma vase is in good condition. Slight age-related signs of wear and use; gold abrasion; partial abrasion of colour. The vase measures 18 cm (height).

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Delicately Painted Porcelain Figure

Lot 27: Delicately Painted Porcelain Figure "Ebisu & Daikoku", Meiji

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Description: Porcelain, hand-painted Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Gold painted details Colourful representation with classical Japanese motifs Height: 22 cm Very good condition This small porcelain figurine from the Meiji period shows two of the seven Japanese gods of good luck (Shichi Fukujin). The smaller man is Daikoku, god of wealth; somewhat grim-faced he swings his mallet, spreading luck and wealth. Next to him is Ebisu, laughing cheerfully with an open mouth, exposing cast-on teeth; Ebisu is the god of fishermen, often depicted as son or apprentice of Daikoku. He is holding a fan with pine branch decorations, and he is wearing a bonnet with a tassel, thrown forwards. The pair of gods is painted with multicolored enamels and gold colour above the glaze. Both gods are represented with long earlobes - a sign of their immortality. They are wearing clothes with beautiful pine branch and bamboo-leaf decorations and Mon crests - each with either a crane or a turtle. Their expressive faces are worthy of special note. The porcelain group is in very good condition. The colours are well preserved; there is only light abrasion on the gold paint and on Daikoku's boots. The figure measures 22 cm (height).

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Ivory Brush Cup with Base, Japan, Meiji Period

Lot 28: Ivory Brush Cup with Base, Japan, Meiji Period

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Description: Ivory, finely carved Japan - Meiji Period (1868-1912) Finely chiselled and fine carving work Base with gold painting Small sticker with four Japanese symbols on underside of base Partial honey-yellow patina 22 cm (total height including base) This richly decorated brush pot was made in Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). The bush pot is of exquisite quality and shows a partial honey-coloured patina. There are precisely executed ornamentations, demonstrative of the artists great ability. The wall is decorated with finely carved monk and scholar figures in fine dress. They are grouped around one of their group - a dragon to his feet. The brush pot is in age-related condition. Small repairs on the base; several hairlines and a gap in the bottom half of the pot. The lower edge of the pot (which is glued to the base) shows glue marks and a small repair. One foot on the base has been glued. The pot is a little loose on the base and measures 22 cm (height) total. There is a small sticker on the underside with four Japanese symbols.

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Small Copper Okimono

Lot 29: Small Copper Okimono "Fukorokuju", Japan, Meiji Period

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Description: Copper Japan - Meiji Period (1868-1912) Finely chiselled 8.5 cm (height); 3 cm (length); 2 cm (width) Good condition This small metal okimono is in the shape of a Fukorokuju and dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912), Japan. Fukorokuju is a popular Japanese god, symbolic of wisdom, luck and long life. She is also a member of the seven gods of luck (Shichi Fukujin); she is usually shown with a high forehead. The figure shows a red to silver patina. The copper okimono is in good condition with slight age-related signs of wear and use; slight surface scratches and abrasion of the patina. There is a hole on the underside. It measures 8.5 cm (height); 3 cm (length); 2 cm (width). 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 Ink on Silk Painting, Scenic View of Fuji, Meiji Period

Lot 30: Signed Ink on Silk Painting, Scenic View of Fuji, Meiji Period

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Description: Ink, watercolour on silk Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Signature in gold on frame In its original frame with silk brocade mat Measurements in frame: 100.5 x 158.5 cm Provenance: from the estate of a diplomat This painting from the estate of a diplomat is a stately example of Meiji period artistry. The large-format painting shows the sacred Mount Fuji, surrounded by a light veil of fog at its foot. The foreground shows two Japanese wood cabins, nestled in a thick forest. This mystical landscape is populated by small stylized figures. The colour palette is grey, monochrome, applied with elegant brush strokes, creating quite a romantic mood. The dark wood & lacquer frame and the silk brocade mat are original to the silk painting. The frame displays a signature in gold.Mount Fuji is Japan's highest mountain, located on the island Honshu. The volcanic mountain with its snow-covered tip is one of Japan's most famous landmarks. It is one of the three holy mountains and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. Thanks to its pleasing, symmetric shape, it has long been a favourite motif in the arts of Japan.The painting is in good condition. The silk is mounted on a wood frame, which is labeled with pieces of paper on the reverse. The paper has holes and partial material loss. The frame shows usual traces of age and wear with chipping here and there. The mat has yellowed with age and is somewhat stained. The artwork measures 100.5 x 158.5 cm in its frame and 94 x 152.5 cm without it.

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Silk Painting with Ducks, Japan, around 1900

Lot 31: Silk Painting with Ducks, Japan, around 1900

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Description: Painted on silk Japan, around 1900 Naturalistic style Mounted on "Golden Splash" cardboard and elaborately framed 34 x 39 cm (framed) Good condition This wonderful silk painting originates from Japan during the turn of the century. It shows ducks in a lake, some diving, swimming or sleeping. The colours used accurately represent the feathers of the birds. More birds can be seen in the distance on the left side. The branch of a Japanese red maple sticks out into the centre, appearing like a roof over the ducks, painted in a light grey shade. The entire painting has a harmonious, calming effect. The silk painting is in good condition with few traces of age. Minor, inconspicuous water stains are visible on the silk. The frame displays traces of age and wear as well as loss of material. The "Gold Splash" cardboard on which the painting is mounted also displays light traces of age. The work measures 34 x 39 cm in its frame, the silk painting by itself measures 24 x 20 cm.

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Folding Screen with Japanese Embroideries on Silk, around 1900

Lot 32: Folding Screen with Japanese Embroideries on Silk, around 1900

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Description: Inlaid wood, brass; silk Japan and Europe, around 1900 Original Japanese silk embroideries European wood frame Measurements: 160 cm (height); 189 cm (width) Good condition This highly elegant three-part folding screen was made around 1900 and combines highest quality Japanese craftsmanship with that of Europe. The wood frame comes from Europe and is accentuated with fine inlays of brighter and darker woods. The delicate, tapered legs are set with fitted brass sabots. The three panels of this folding screen are a covered by black silk fabric, embroidered with the finest of silk threads from Japan. The outer two show branches in full bloom; left, a shower of wisteria blossoms over the black background; right a delicate branch with cherry blossoms. Both show exotic butterflies fluttering about. The middle panel shows two cranes in shallow waters. These impressive birds have spread their wings in order to clean them. The water, hinted at with silk threads, runs towards the lower section, where glimmering water lilies grow. The natural gleam of the silk threads endows the plants, blossoms and animals with a shimmering exterior that makes them seem alive.The folding screen is in good condition with only very minimal flaws. The embroidery has lose threads in some areas; especially the left panel at its delicate gold-brownish branches and butterflies. The black silk fabric is not fully tensed, so there are slight creases in some places. The wood frame is in good condition. The posts show slight chipping and repair. The rear of the panels is covered with silk, in chatoyant black to olive-green. The folding screen is 160 cm high, including the reticulated carved crown above the central panel. It is 189 cm wide, fully unfolded and each panel separately measures 63 cm (width).

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Two Florally Carved Bamboo Walking Canes, Japan, 1900-1920

Lot 33: Two Florally Carved Bamboo Walking Canes, Japan, 1900-1920

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Description: Japan, around 1900-1920 Beautifully made walking canes Hand-carved bamboo One cane with signature underneath the handle Beautiful carving with ornamental and floral elements Good condition Length: 89.5 and 84 cm This ensemble comprises two beautifully hand-carved walking canes made from bamboo. They were made in Japan and date to the period between 1900 and 1920. The handles consist of rounded bamboo roots and merge seamlessly into the hand-carved shafts. One cane is extensively decorated with ornamental and floral elements and ends in an iron ferrule. It is in good, used condition. The wood is darkened, the handle is slightly worn and the shaft displays minor surface damage in the lower third. The overall length is 89.5 cm. The second cane is carved in the upper third with gentle, floral elements and a butterfly. It is signed in Japanese character underneath the handle. The cane is in good condition. The handle only displays the most minimal traces of use, the shaft has minor surface scratches here and there. There is no ferrule at the end. The overall length is 84 cm.

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Signed Bamboo Walking Cane with Snakes, Japan, 1900-1920

Lot 34: Signed Bamboo Walking Cane with Snakes, Japan, 1900-1920

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Description: Japan, around 1900-1920 Hand-carved bamboo cane Centrally signed in Japanese characters Good condition Length: 86.5 cm This elegant walking cane is a Japanese handicraft from the period between 1900 and 1920. The curved handle consists, at the end, of a rounded bamboo root and merges seamlessly into the partly carved shaft, ending in an iron ferrule. In the upper two-thirds of the cane are two snakes with wide-open mouths and long, split tongues. Their bodies seem to writhe inside the cane. Their scaly bodies become visible through hinted reticulations. The walking cane is in good, used condition. The handle is slightly rubbed off; the shaft displays minimal cracks in some parts. A vertical signature in Japanese characters can found underneath the carvings. The overall length is 86.5 cm.

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Bamboo Walking Cane with Skull and Samurai, Japan, 1900-1920

Lot 35: Bamboo Walking Cane with Skull and Samurai, Japan, 1900-1920

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Description: Japan, around 1900-1920 Elaborately crafted walking cane Hand-carved bamboo Symbolized skull handle with Lotus-leaf With finely executed carving of a Samurai warrior on horseback Length: 91 cm This elaborately crafted walking cane is a Japanese handicraft dated between 1900 and 1920. The handle is round and carved in the shape of a skull. The head is covered by a Lotus leaf and a snake with a long, split tongue is writhing around it. The handle merges seamlessly into the bamboo shaft, which is carved in the upper half: through a pine tree and a rock, a naturalistic landscape, through which an armour-clad Samurai with a lance is riding, is depicted. The lower half is raw and ends with a brass ferrule. The walking cane shows minor traces of age and wear. The ivory insert in place of the face is missing! The overall length is 91 cm.

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Bamboo and Ivory Walking Cane with Samurai, Japan, 1900-1920

Lot 36: Bamboo and Ivory Walking Cane with Samurai, Japan, 1900-1920

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Description: Japan, around 1900-1920 Elaborately made walking cane with floral elements and a Samurai warrior Hand-carved bamboo with ivory inlays Good condition Length: 92 cm This interesting walking cane was made in Japan between 1900 and 1920. The handle is made of a rounded bamboo root, merges seamlessly into the hand-carved bamboo shaft and ends in a metal and iron ferrule. The entire cane is richly ornamented with bordures and Japanese motifs: there are floral depictions with two finely carved ivory applications in the upper and lower thirds, and a magnificent Samurai warrior with an ivory face. The walking cane is in good, used condition. The handle is a little worn while the shaft displays age cracks in some parts. The overall length is 89 cm.

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Wooden Soroban Abacus, Japan, around 1920

Lot 37: Wooden Soroban Abacus, Japan, around 1920

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Description: Wood, bamboo and bone with brass fittings Japan, 19th Century Soroban (europ.: abacus, calculation aid) Frame with 27 bars and 6 elements each Engraved with Japanese characters Dimensions: 38.6 x 6.8 x 2.4 cm (length x width x height) Good condition This Japanese Soroban has a wooden frame with brass fittings. It consists of 27 bamboo bars with 6 calculating elements each. These elements are compartmentalised by a separator with bone inlay in a ratio of 1 to 5 by a narrow ridge of wood and bone. The Soroban measures 38.6 x 6.8 x 2.4 cm (length x width x height) and is in good condition with minor traces of age and use and a little loss of bone. Laterally and on the underside the brass fittings are engraved with Japanese characters. Soroban The Soroban was popular in Japan since the 16th Century. It is largely corresponding to the European abacus, which is a calculation aid, operated by hand. It usually consists of a frame with a plurality of bars and beads. This frame is compartmentalised by a separator into an upper part (so-called "Sky") and a lower part. The upper part has only one bead, which has a value of 5, whereas the lower beads each have a value of 1.

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Charming Ichimatsu Doll

Lot 38: Charming Ichimatsu Doll "Girl in a Kimono", Japan, around 1920

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Description: Japan, around 1920 Height 45 cm Composition with shell powder finish Horse hair wig, glass eyes Magnificent silk robe Good condition This sweet Ichimatsu doll was made in the 1920s and depicts a small girl in a celebratory robe. Delightfully smiling, the little Japanese girl is looking at the viewer with her almond-shaped glass eyes. The doll shows some individual tears as well as some flaking. Some fading in the face and the dress. The doll comes in a fitting storage box.This type of doll was produced in the middle of the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) in the old Japanese capital Heiankyo - today's Kyoto. A masterful doll-maker portrayed the then famous actor Ichimatsu Sonagawa. Thus the doll also came to its designated name.These dolls were made of paper maché or wood composition with realistic body shapes. Mostly the arms and legs are attached with textile bands. On the blank body a coating of shell powder and colour is applied. In the Western linguistic usage the name shell-powder doll is common. Nearly all Ichimatsu Ningyo have wigs of real human hair, yet also horse hair was used. The fine painting and polish of the surface gives the doll an exclusive finish. Thus the opaque, porcelain-like appearance of the dolls arises. Real glass eyes often give the impression that the doll is looking at us directly or will start moving in the next moment. An Ichimatsu really does possess its very own charm!

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Earthy Ink Drawing

Lot 39: Earthy Ink Drawing "Mount Fuji", Japan, around, 1920

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Description: Ink on fabric Japan, around 1920 In simplistic wooden frame Overall dimensions are 56,5 x 58 cm Popular Japanese motive This earthy ink painting on fabric shows one of the most popular Japanese subject in arts. Depicted is a view on the sacred Mount Fuji and in the foreground we see a barque as well as a small fishing boat.The painting is generally in good condition, yet shows some discoloration. The overall dimensions including the frame are 56,5 x 58 cm.

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Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase with Basketwork, Japan, ca. 1920/30

Lot 40: Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase with Basketwork, Japan, ca. 1920/30

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Description: Ceramic Japan, around 1920/30 Vase with high, bulbous body Green glaze with basketwork Floral relief decor Height: 29.6 cm Very good condition This green glazed ceramic vase was made in Japan around 1920/30. It features a high, bulbous body with a floral relief decor and is partly covered with basketwork.The 29.6 cm high vase is in very good condition with only minor traces of age and wear and slight soiling along the basketwork.

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Japanese Kazan Satsuma Coffee Set for 6 People, around 1920

Lot 41: Japanese Kazan Satsuma Coffee Set for 6 People, around 1920

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Description: Japan, Taisho period around 1920 Kazan Satsuma porcelain Complete coffee set for 6 people - altogether 25 pieces Hand-painted with gilded décor Landscape with holy Fuji in the background All pieces marked with the Kazan characters Very good condition This fine set was made around 1920 in Japan during the Taisho period. The Kazan Satsuma coffee set is comprised of a coffee pot with lid, a sugar bowl with lid, a cream jug, a round cake plate, an ashtray, six cups, six saucers and six small plates. The porcelain is delicate and noble both in its creation and hand-painting.The monochrome reddish brown tones and the gilding of the décor are typical for the Kazan manufacturers. The holy Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan is visible in the background of each porcelain piece. The foreground shows a small mountain idyll with a low bridge over a river, as well as a small traditional country house in front of high trees. All pieces of this set are rimmed by a geometrical, ornamental embellishment. The handles are fully gilded and make this elegant coffee set a noble collector's item.The complete coffee set is in very good condition, partly with minimal gold decoration wear, two pieces with small chips on the undersides (not visible during use). Each piece is marked with the Kazan characters. Dimensions: 18 cm (height of the coffee pot with lid), 8 cm (diameter of the cups), 19.5 cm (diameter of the plates), 23 cm (diameter of the cake plate).

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Unusual Koransha Porcelain Vase with Peonies, Japan around 1920

Lot 42: Unusual Koransha Porcelain Vase with Peonies, Japan around 1920

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Description: Japan, around 1920 Height 23 cm Porcelain with multi-colored enamels On the bottom is the Koransha Fukagawa Orchid mark Good condition This very special porcelain vase is a product of the famous Koransha manufacturer in Japan. The typical, archaic shape and the décor certainly show the influence from China - not untypical for this manufacturer. Framed by differently shaped borders the bulbous body shows two pompous peonies as well as stylized butterflies. The enamel colours are partly applied in very thick relief. Marked on the bottom with the Koransha Orchid mark. The condition is good with some flaking and crazing in the thick enamel, as well as traces of wear.The Koransha manufactory was founded by Ezaiemon Fukagawa in 1875 in Arita. The name means "The company of the scented orchid" and therefore this flower is also the company symbol. Right after the establishment, the fine products from the Fukagawa studio achieved world fame, thus gaining awards at the World Exhibitions in Philadelphia in 1876 and in Paris in 1900.

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Mint Ceramic Vase with Plum Branch, Japan, around 1920

Lot 43: Mint Ceramic Vase with Plum Branch, Japan, around 1920

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Description: Ceramic - hand painted and glazed Japan about 1920 Artist's signature on the underside Height: 13 cm Very good condition This beautiful ceramic vase with orbicular body is made of red brick with thick, crazed glazing. On the turquoise background is a blooming plum branch executed in relief. The vase is in perfect condition. On the bottom there is an artist's signature. The height is 13 cm.

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Scroll painting with calligraphy and Daruma, Japan, dated 1956

Lot 44: Scroll painting with calligraphy and Daruma, Japan, dated 1956

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Description: Japan, dated 1956 Painting on paper Ink and Water colour Mounted on fabric with wooden manubrium 3 artist seals Overall dimensions: 161 x 42 cm This expressive scroll painting is a very skillfully done calligraphy in ink with depictions of the Daruma placed underneath. It has been done in Japan in the 31st year of the Showa period (1926 - 1989), precisely in the year 1956. Daruma was a Buddhist monk and Zen patriarch also known as Bodhidharma. He is generally depicted with huge, bulging eyes and a wild beard and so it has been done in this work of art. The painting is framed by a wide textile border and has wooden manubrium to help roll it up at the lower end. The scroll painting has three red artist seals. It has visible creases, stains and abraded areas. The overall dimensions measure 161 x 42 cm (without manubrium); the actual painted area measure 109 x 31,5 cm.

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Graceful Neklace with Glass Beads of the Han Dynasty

Lot 45: Graceful Neklace with Glass Beads of the Han Dynasty

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Description: 25 red, blue, green and turquoise glass beads and three ceramic beads Gold details and pearls Han-Dynasty 209BC to 220AD Unusual, colourful necklace with fine details Very good condition This highly decorated necklace with an asymmetrical arrangement of 25 glass beads is an interesting piece of jewellery made of 2000 year old glass beads from the China of the Han-Dynasty. The five red, five turquoise and the one single green glass bead are contrasted by the small, decorated blue glass beads. The ceramic beads, too, are Chinese artifacts.The different forms, sizes and colours in an asymmetrical arrangement make this necklace to a rare piece of jewellery with a long history through centuries and millenniums.The secure fastening of this necklace is guaranteed by the high quality, modern gilden silver clasp. Some of the glass beads show traces of wear -yet for their age, their condition is incomparable. The total weight of the necklace is 66,83 grams.

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Ceramic Candlestick in Form of a Lion, Western Jin Period

Lot 46: Ceramic Candlestick in Form of a Lion, Western Jin Period

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Description: Ceramic China, Western Jin period (265-316) Sculptural candlestick in the form of a sitting lion Celadon glaze Reticulated mouth Probably produced in the Yue kilns Height: approx. 9.7 cm This remarkable Chinese candlestick was produced during the Western Jin period (265-316), probably in the Yue kilns. It features a celadon-coloured glaze and is sculpturally made in the form of a sitting lion with his reticulated mouth wide open.The candlestick is in good, age-related condition with minor surface traces and minimal glaze chipping. Its height is approximately 9.7 cm.

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Qingbai Circular Box and Cover with Phoenix, China, prob. Song

Lot 47: Qingbai Circular Box and Cover with Phoenix, China, prob. Song

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Description: Ceramic China, probably Song Dynasty (960-1279) Circular box with removable cover Decorated with phoenix in low relief Diameter: 15.5 cm Good condition This Chinese jar and cover probably dates to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is made of ceramic and glazed in a brownish shade. The circular bowl features a removable cover, which is decorated with a gentle phoenix in low relief.The jar is in good condition with minor traces of age and wear. There are small notches on the inner edge of the base and the foot rim displays bumps with loss of material. The diameter is 15.5 cm.Qingbai Ceramic From the Song Dynasty, Qingbai ceramic was produced in Jingdezhen and numerous other South Chinese kilns with a special manufacturing method. The base material is white but the special glaze gives it a typically green or brownish tone. Qingbai objects were made for everyday usage.

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Glazed and Splashed Porcelain Jar, China, Yuan Dynasty

Lot 48: Glazed and Splashed Porcelain Jar, China, Yuan Dynasty

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Description: Glazed and splashed porcelain China, Yuang Dynasty (1279-1368) Very bulbous body Height: 6.5 cm Very good condition This Chinese jar dates to the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). It is made of porcelain and has a very bulbous body with a tapered neck and small handles on the sides. The porcelain is glazed and splashed.The jar has an optically appealing appearance with minor traces of age and wear, slight craquelure and notches on the base. The handles and base are restored.

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Figural Bronze

Lot 49: Figural Bronze "Lion", China, Ming Dynasty

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Description: Bronze China, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Chiselled cast Dimensions: 5.5 x 8 cm Very good condition This Chinese bronze figure dates to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It shows a lion with a bushy tail, seated on its hind legs. The surface is decorated with a finely chiselled, star-shaped coat pattern. The bronze is in very good condition with only minor traces of age and use. It measures 5.5 x 8 cm in height and width.

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Wood Sculpture of a Buddha with Child, China, Ming Dynasty

Lot 50: Wood Sculpture of a Buddha with Child, China, Ming Dynasty

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Description: Wood China, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Finely hand crafted 33.5 x 17 cm Very good condition This wood sculpture of a Buddha dates to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), China and shows a Buddha holding a child in his left arm. This rendering is particularly remarkable for the figure's long dress, which envelops it in wafting folds; the wood grain further heightens this effect. The Buddha has a friendly smile on his face; eyes closed. His high eyebrows are a mark of enlightenment. His large ears emphasise his forehead and direct the viewer's gaze towards the hair, which is quite accurately executed. The child on the Buddha's arm is equally peaceful and looks almost like a smaller version of him. The clothes and the child meld together with only the odd hand or foot peeking out from underneath. The sculpture is set on a double stepped base with four feet.The Buddha sculpture is in very good condition for its age with slight age-related signs of wear and cracks of age. The figure measures 33.5 cm (height) by 17 cm (width).

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