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The Oriental Sale

by Cheffins


309 lots | 301 with images

November 1, 2012

Live Auction

Clifton House

1 & 2 Clifton Road

Cambridge, CB1 7EA United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1223 213343

Fax: +44 (0)1223 271949

Email: fine.art@cheffins.co.uk

309 Lots
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A late 19th century bamboo carving of a boat

Lot 152: A late 19th century bamboo carving of a boat

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Description: A late 19th century bamboo carving of a boat with figures at the rails of the bow, a figure with a flag at the window to one side of the deck canopy and a cat reclining on top, 45cm (17.75 in.) wide

Condition Report: Figures have been lost from the stern, a basket from the canopy and a flag pole form the bow

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A 19th century female ancestral portrait,

Lot 153: A 19th century female ancestral portrait,

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Description: A 19th century female ancestral portrait, the lady seated wearing an ornate headress and red outer robe with white collar, the carpet foreground with red lotus growing from blue vines, watercolour, 102 x 58cm (40 x 22.75 in.) framed

Condition Report: There has been a tear to the background on the right hand side and some paint losses above where it has been rolled up in the past when it was a scroll painting

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A 19th century nephrite jade libation cup on wood stand,

Lot 154: A 19th century nephrite jade libation cup on wood stand,

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Description: A 19th century nephrite jade libation cup on wood stand, the sauce boat shape of pale green resting on a grey lotus pad, an inclusion to one side disguised as a slender bamboo leaf folded over to the inside of the rim, a stem and further leaves forming the handle opposite the lip, 16cm 96.25 in.) wide (2)

Condition Report: There is a slight chip on the underside of the foot rim

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An 18th/19th century embroidered panel

Lot 155: An 18th/19th century embroidered panel

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Description: An 18th/19th century embroidered panel the central Emperor figure below a fan shaped applique and above a leaf shaped one with figures on a gold thread ground within red bordering, 107 x 26cm (42 x 10.25 in.)

Condition Report: Some wear, fraying and colour run

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A pair of 19th century bronze figures

Lot 156: A pair of 19th century bronze figures

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Description: A pair of 19th century bronze figures of bearded men standing with one hand raised and the other on their hips, their bare chests hung with beaded harnesses, they stand on four footed double lotus bases, 38.5cm (15.25 in.) high (2)

Condition Report: One raised hand has been replaced and the other has lost two fingers. Each have floral nozzles on their heads which may have supported something with the raised hand steadying it.

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A 19th century spinach green jade and a soapstone seal,

Lot 157: A 19th century spinach green jade and a soapstone seal,

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Description: A 19th century spinach green jade and a soapstone seal, both seals cut, the top of the former carved in low relief with a dragon amongst clouds, 8cm (3 in.) high and the latter with a qilin reclining on a rectangular base inscribed to one side, 8cm (3.25 in.) wide (2)

Condition Report: Good

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A gong hung on 19th century padouk wood frame,

Lot 158: A gong hung on 19th century padouk wood frame,

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Description: A gong hung on 19th century padouk wood frame, the top of the lyre shape frame carved with a mask amongst foliage, the uprights and base carved as branches and trunks, 125cm (49.25 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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A pair of 19th century black lacquer altar tables with later white marble tops,

Lot 159: A pair of 19th century black lacquer altar tables with later white marble tops,

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Description: A pair of 19th century black lacquer altar tables with later white marble tops, the rectangular tops on straight legs with incurved feet, the tops 98 x 54cm (38.5 x 21.25 in.)

Condition Report: The lacquer on the tops scuffed by the marble

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Four 19th century paintings on silk,

Lot 160: Four 19th century paintings on silk,

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Description: Four 19th century paintings on silk, variously depicting groups of figures in and about pavilions, one with five warriors parting from a mother and child in arms by a well, 35.5 x 28cm (14 x 11 in.) in dark brown lacquered frames intended to fit into a larger piece of furniture (4)

Condition Report: There is a repaired hole in the silk by the foot of the well in the last described and two others have old tears in the silk

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A horn brush pot

Lot 161: A horn brush pot

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Description: A horn brush pot carved in relief with sages and attendants below pine trees with attendants, bamboo to one side, 13.5cm (5.5 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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A boxwood figure of Shoulao

Lot 162: A boxwood figure of Shoulao

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Description: A boxwood figure of Shoulao sitting on a rock and holding a peach, 16cm (6.25 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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An agate brush rest,

Lot 163: An agate brush rest,

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Description: An agate brush rest, the grey stone carved in the form of five mountain peaks scattered with brown inclusions and crystallisation to one end, 13.5cm (5.25 in.) wide

Condition Report: Good other than for the crystallisation and impurities drilled out in the form of caves

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A 19th century bamboo cup

Lot 164: A 19th century bamboo cup

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Description: A 19th century bamboo cup carved in the form of a tree trunk with pomegranates growing from a branch to one side, 7cm (2.75 in.) high

Condition Report: The varnish to this has been worn away in places leaving matt surfaces

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An agate pendant,

Lot 165: An agate pendant,

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Description: An agate pendant, the pale grey stone carved as lotus seed pods and a flower, the dark inclusions picked out as two crabs, 7cm (2.75 in.) wide

Condition Report: Good

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A smokey grey agate pendant

Lot 166: A smokey grey agate pendant

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Description: A smokey grey agate pendant carved with a qylin to one side of a group of lingzhi fingus, 6.5cm (2.5 in.) wide

Condition Report: Good

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A late 19th/early 20th century hardwood stand,

Lot 167: A late 19th/early 20th century hardwood stand,

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Description: A late 19th/early 20th century hardwood stand, the rectangular top above curved legs joined at their ends by stretcher feet, 34.5cm (13.5 in.) wide

Condition Report: Good

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A horn bowl,

Lot 168: A horn bowl,

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Description: A horn bowl, the exterior incised with a leiwen rim band above three dragons gambolling on a daodieh band carved in relief, 11cm (4.25 in.) diameter

Condition Report: Good

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A bamboo brush washer,

Lot 169: A bamboo brush washer,

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Description: A bamboo brush washer, the rim of the squat peach shape pierced and carved in relief with five bats, 12cm (4.75 in.) diameter

Condition Report: Good

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A silver wire inlaid bronze brush washer,

Lot 170: A silver wire inlaid bronze brush washer,

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Description: A silver wire inlaid bronze brush washer, the waisted cylindrical sides of the exterior inlaid with three shou characters enclosed in roundels respectively by deer, peaches and bats, signed Shuso within the footrim, 12cm (4.75 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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A cupro-bronze censer and pierced cover,

Lot 171: A cupro-bronze censer and pierced cover,

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Description: A cupro-bronze censer and pierced cover, the latter surmounted by a shishi, the qilin handles applied to the rim and shoulders of the squat body cast with scrolling vines above mask and legs with claw feet, six character mark of Xuande, 15cm (6 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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A mottled red soapstone brush washer,

Lot 172: A mottled red soapstone brush washer,

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Description: A mottled red soapstone brush washer, the rim of the beehive shape dimpled with stylised lotus seed pod roundel band above central daodieh in relief, 10.5cm (4 in.) diameter

Condition Report: Good

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A stained horn vase,

Lot 173: A stained horn vase,

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Description: A stained horn vase, the exterior of the waisted rectangular shape carved in relief with two bands of daodieh with dragons in relief crawling over them, another on the base of the inside, 12cm (4.75 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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A bamboo figure of Shoulao

Lot 174: A bamboo figure of Shoulao

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Description: A bamboo figure of Shoulao standing with the aid of his rustic staff holding a branch of peaches, a child riding a stag by his feet, another holding a ruyi sceptre to his right, a crane behind him, 42.5cm (16.75 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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A mottled brown agate bowl,

Lot 175: A mottled brown agate bowl,

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Description: A mottled brown agate bowl, the exterior carved in low relief with birds amongst lotus, 9.5cm (3.75 in.) diameter

Condition Report: Good

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A rock crystal brush washer

Lot 176: A rock crystal brush washer

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Description: A rock crystal brush washer carved as a magnolia bud with stalk and leaf handle, the interior hollowed out from one side of the bud profile, 11cm (4.25 in.) wide

Condition Report: Good

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A grey green jade horse,

Lot 177: A grey green jade horse,

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Description: A grey green jade horse, the animal standing four square on a stylised cloud base, 8cm (3 in.) wide

Condition Report: Good

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A 19th century bronze planter,

Lot 178: A 19th century bronze planter,

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Description: A 19th century bronze planter, the rectangular sides tapering to bracket feet and cast in low relief with dragons amongst clouds, the mythical beast mask and tongue handles ending above bands of concentric ring bosses, 40cm (15.75 in.) wide

Condition Report: The interior has turned green through use but is otherwise Ok

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A greenstone 'mountain' on wood stand, probably 20th century,

Lot 179: A greenstone 'mountain' on wood stand, probably 20th century,

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Description: A greenstone 'mountain' on wood stand, probably 20th century, the stone with fibrous inclusions of paler colour than the spinach green of the amorphous parts, 22cm (8.75 in.) high

Condition Report: The surface has been lacquered but there is no damage.

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A 19th century Tibethan bronze Buddha

Lot 180: A 19th century Tibethan bronze Buddha

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Description: A 19th century Tibethan bronze Buddha seated on a double lotus throne in dhyanasana, his floral robe with traces of silvering, the base sealed with copper stamped with a crossed vajra motif, 21cm (8.25 in.) high

Condition Report: Good but for some wear

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A bamboo wrist rest,

Lot 181: A bamboo wrist rest,

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Description: A bamboo wrist rest, the curved outer side carved in low relief with a boatman passing a rocky coast, 27 x 8cm (10.75 x 3in.)

Condition Report: Good

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A decorative glass dog on wood stand,

Lot 182: A decorative glass dog on wood stand,

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Description: A decorative glass dog on wood stand, the deep olive green dog standing four square, its tail coiled over its back, 8cm (3 in.) high (2)

Condition Report: Good

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A Chinese bronze planter,

Lot 183: A Chinese bronze planter,

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Description: A Chinese bronze planter, the rounded rectangular sides cast in relief with birds above the four dragon feet, the dark brown patination with polished splashes, 30cm (11.75 in.)

Condition Report: This has holes in the narrow sides where handles would have been

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A pair of late19th/early 20th century carved wood buffaloes with child riders,

Lot 184: A pair of late19th/early 20th century carved wood buffaloes with child riders,

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Description: A pair of late19th/early 20th century carved wood buffaloes with child riders, each with glass eyes and inlaid teeth, they walk across pierced and carved wood stands, 24.5cm (9.75 in.) high (4)

Condition Report: One head has been off with the replacement of one horn and the other glued back. The hat of the child on top has a chip. The other has two cracks which appear to have been filled or disguised at the time of the carving

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A 19th century ivory card case

Lot 185: A 19th century ivory card case

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Description: A 19th century ivory card case pierced and carved in high relief on one side with flowers and their foliage, the reverse with two quatrefoil vignettes of figures amongst trees, 9.5 x 5.5cm ( 3.75 x 2 in.)

Condition Report: Good

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Twenty three OCS Transactions and four other Oriental Ceramic Society related volumes,

Lot 187: Twenty three OCS Transactions and four other Oriental Ceramic Society related volumes,

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Description: Twenty three OCS Transactions and four other Oriental Ceramic Society related volumes, the earliest transaction from 1951 volume 27, a run from volume 32 to 50, the odd voumes 28, 52, 55 and 63, three OCS exhibition catalogues and a translations. (27)

Condition Report: In used but complete condition, only one with a dust cover

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A pair of 19th century grey stone bowls, stands and a wood figure of Guanyin,

Lot 188: A pair of 19th century grey stone bowls, stands and a wood figure of Guanyin,

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Description: A pair of 19th century grey stone bowls, stands and a wood figure of Guanyin, the rims of the mottled grey bowls metal mounted, 5.5cm (2 in.) diameter, Guanyin standing holding a scroll, 16cm (6.25 in.) high (5)

Condition Report: Guanyin has lost her thumb and left toe

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A pair of 19th century soapstone seals,

Lot 189: A pair of 19th century soapstone seals,

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Description: A pair of 19th century soapstone seals, each carved with qilin tops, the rectangular sectioned plinths engraved with flowers, 16.5cm (6.5 in.) high (2)

Condition Report: One has a chip from the base and the other a chip from one corner

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A jade inset box and two soapstone seals,

Lot 190: A jade inset box and two soapstone seals,

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Description: A jade inset box and two soapstone seals, the pale green stone of the first carved in low relief with a Buddhist lion, the box partially of ivory, 6.5cm (2.5 in.) diameter, the seals of truncated rock form with inscriptions to the sides of each and the bases cut, 6.5cm (2.5 in.) wide (3)

Condition Report: The sides of the box are split and its base is probably plastic

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An early 20th century hardstone tree in cloisonne pot,

Lot 191: An early 20th century hardstone tree in cloisonne pot,

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Description: An early 20th century hardstone tree in cloisonne pot, turquoise matrix, amethyst and chalcedony flowers growing to one side of a cherry tree from the black ground rectangular pot, 37cm (14.5 in.) high

Condition Report: Some minor losses to petals etc

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A pair of 19th century Chinese nacreous shells on hardwood stands,

Lot 192: A pair of 19th century Chinese nacreous shells on hardwood stands,

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Description: A pair of 19th century Chinese nacreous shells on hardwood stands, the insides carved in low relief with fighting outside the walls of a palace precinct, a dignitary and attendants mobilising within, 23cm (9 in.) wide, the stands pierced and carved as prunus (4)

Condition Report: One has five pieces glued back into the rim with some losses

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Five late 19th/early 20th century bird paintings on silk,

Lot 193: Five late 19th/early 20th century bird paintings on silk,

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Description: Five late 19th/early 20th century bird paintings on silk, depicting a kingfisher, two chicks, a wader, a mallard and a sparrow, signed and with seal mark, 40.5 x 54cm (16 x 21.25 in.) all within gilt slips and pale olive frames (5)

Condition Report: That of the wader has some foxing but the condition is generally good

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A 19th century silver wire inlaid bronze bowl,

Lot 194: A 19th century silver wire inlaid bronze bowl,

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Description: A 19th century silver wire inlaid bronze bowl, the thunder scroll rim above stylised waves in a band rounding and tapering to a band of flowers in turn rounding and tapering to the circular foot, 26.5cm (10.5 in.) diameter

Condition Report: The exterior of this bowl has been polished in the not too distant past

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A 19th century grey jade pendant

Lot 195: A 19th century grey jade pendant

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Description: A 19th century grey jade pendant pierced and carved as a stem of two fruit growing amongst leaves, the off white stone suspended from red cord sewn with seed pearls about a coral bead, 4cm (1.5 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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A western Han dynasty mirror,

Lot 196: A western Han dynasty mirror,

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Description: A western Han dynasty mirror, the metal now of greyish colour, the back cast with a tiger and two deer, each separated by T-shapes on a leaf scroll ground, 19.5cm (7.75 in.) diameter

Condition Report: Some patches of green corrosion around the rim

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A 19th century Chinese nephrite jade pendant

Lot 197: A 19th century Chinese nephrite jade pendant

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Description: A 19th century Chinese nephrite jade pendant carved as a vegetable gourd with an insect, fly and bird to one side, the latter from a pale brown inclusion to one side, 7cm (2.75 in.) high

Condition Report: Good

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A late 19th century ivory ball within ball carving,

Lot 198: A late 19th century ivory ball within ball carving,

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Description: A late 19th century ivory ball within ball carving, the outer of the approximately twelve balls carved in relief with figures in leafy villages, a finial of two tigers and a figure above, ducks swimming amongst lotus below and attached to a chain, boat of figures and a fish with inlaid eyes, the ball 11.5cm (4.5 in.) diameter

Condition Report: There is damage to one of the circular windows of the outer case and to one of the inner balls. The top might have had a ring finial and perhaps another chain

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A 19th century mandarin robe,

Lot 199: A 19th century mandarin robe,

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Description: A 19th century mandarin robe, the silver grey ground machine embroidered with red and blue flowers with in blue and white edging hand embroidered with fruit and further flowers

Condition Report: The overall condition is good with slight fading around the neck. Three good luck swastika buttons replace silk knot ones at the neck

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An 18th century lac burgaute bowl,

Lot 200: An 18th century lac burgaute bowl,

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Description: An 18th century lac burgaute bowl, the exterior inlaid with two mother of pearl five clawed dragons chasing the flaming pearl against the black ground, the interior gilt, 12cm (4.75 in.) diameter

Condition Report: There are a few losses to the inlay particularly from the clouds and minor wear to the gilding

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A archaic style bronze vase and cover,

Lot 201: A archaic style bronze vase and cover,

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Description: A archaic style bronze vase and cover, horned buffalo heads forming the handles their bodies spread eagled in relief on the shoulders, further pairs of buffaloes on the cover below a daodieh finial, 33.5cm (13.25 in.) high (2)

Condition Report: Good

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A Ming style bronze ting,

Lot 202: A Ming style bronze ting,

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Description: A Ming style bronze ting, the lug handles flaring above the rim of the bun shaped body on three legs each with bulbous knees, four character commendation mark, 15cm (6 in.) diameter

Condition Report: Good

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