Antique Japanese pair of silver shokudai or candlesticks Made of repousse silver with motifs of scrolling vines and chrysanthemums. The base and top of each candle stick is lobed in a lotus pod form with scalloped edges.
Meiji period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 8 1/4" W x 21 1/2" H
Unusual Japanese 36 Drawer Apothecary Tansu
Japanese apothecary tansu made with Kiri (Paulownia) wood in original red lacquer finish, with an iron carrying handle on its top for transportation. The chest holds 35 deep drawers with small ring pulls, each drawer bears an interior calligraphy inscription in sumi ink to indicate which medicine belongs in which drawer. The 36th drawer is the largest at the bottom of the chest with the same larger handle as the top of the chest.
Antique hand-woven bamboo basket, originating from the Jarai culture in Vietnam. Secured with wood frame, baskets of this kind were primarily used for collecting and storing rice. The lid is woven with a tall, wood finial with pierced hole for securing it down with ties. The sides of the basket are woven with alternating darker and lighter bamboo to create a pair of bands over a geometric diamond design, with remnants of red pigments.
Dimensions: 14 1/2" W x 34 1/2" H
Antique Hand-Woven Southeast Asian Tribal Basket
Antique hand-woven basket, originating from the Jarai culture in Vietnam. Secured with wood frame, with rope shoulder strap for carrying. Baskets of this kind were primarily used for collecting and storing rice. The lid is woven with concentric circle design.
Dimensions: 13" W x 22 1/2" H
Antique Tibetan Wooden Phurba
Antique Tibetan carved wooden phurba, a ritualistic Vajrayana Buddhist implement, depicting Nagas or snakes on the blade. Nagas are the entities in nature that associated with illnesses. The entwining serpents are a symbol of medicine and healing. The deity handle, mirroring the three-edges of the blade has three deity faces. Typically, one might be wrathful, one peaceful and one joyful representing Body, Speech and Mind.
Dimensions: 11 1/2" L x 2" W
Rare 18th Century Tibetan Buddhist Painted Altar Cabinet
Rare Tibetan hand-painted lacquer altar cabinet. Original finish with patina. The front three panels depict three faces. The left face has red skin and green hair with eyes opened wide. The middle face is upside down with eyes coming out of its skull, representing the kapala or skull cup used in sacred Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies.
The face on the right is called citipati, representing both the eternal dance of death as well as perfect awareness. Two of the panels are hinged and open to the... Click for details
Chinese Pierced Monochrome Porcelain Brushpot with Cranes
Chinese monochrome porcelain brush pot in a Turkish blue color underglaze, with reticulated carved scenes of cranes and pine branches against a ground of stylized lingzhi clouds and ocean waves. The base with six character Qianlong cartouche.
1890 - 1910 (pre Republic)
Dimensions: 7 1/2" w x 7 3/4" h
Japanese Terracotta Three Wise Monkeys
A terracotta figure of the Three Wise Monkeys - Mizaru who is covering his eyes, Kikazaru who is covering his ears and Iwazaru who is covering his mouth. All three embody the proverb "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". The figure is combed terracotta with blue, black and brown paint. The robes of the monkeys are painted with Japanese symbols on the back. Provenance: A Pvt. San Franciso Collection
Date: Meiji (1868 - 1912)
Dimensions: 8.5" X 5.5" X3.5"
Antique Reliquary Gilt Bronze Stupa
Southeast Asian gilt bronze stupa consisting of two parts that may be opened when a secret mechanism is activated. The domed Bumpa is supported by circular terraces and bears four Bodhi leaves. Minor losses and wear consistent with age.
"Fine Chinese Art, Buddhism and Hinduism" May 11th 2019, pg. 282, published by Galerie Zacke
Dimensions: 3 3/4" w x 6 3/4" h
19th Century Japanese Arita Porcelain Square Sake Bottle
Japanese Arita porcelain square sake bottle with Dutch Kakiemon decoration. The bottle is square with a short waisted neck and everted lip. Each side is painted with unique images of birds, flowers and plants. The color scheme is iron-red, turquoise, blue and green with some gold. Minor wear consistent with age. Provenance: San Francisco collection.