Early 20th C. Canton Enamel Peaches and Blossom Four Piece Tobacciana Set | Chinese, 1900s - 30s
THE ITEM This intricately painted work is Cantonese Enamelware, a technique of hand-painting and firing enamel introduced to China around the18th century. Cantonese Enamelware is different from Cloisonne or 'Cloisonné' technique, which is metalwork decorated with enamel applied to sections separated by wire or thin metal.
This particular set comprises of a matchbox cover, two ashtrays and a storage tin made of copper. The set is rare as all pieces are decorated in the same design and colour palette. What is rarer is that although the pieces are in delicate condition, the wear on the decor is relatively light.
The design theme present on all pieces is the striking Lapis blue background which is overlaid with stylised peaches and peach blossom. The design is typical of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau period when design often included influences from the East. Each piece is further decorated with their own ancient familial scenes. The interior and undersides of the tin and ashtrays are decorated with a pale Turquoise blue.
CONDITION Good. Apparent wear is present to the enamel of each piece that is commensurable with the age. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS - Storage Tin. Height (including lid): c. 2.2" / 5.6 cm x c. 4.1" / 10.5 cm length. Width: c. 3" / 7.5 cm. - Matchbox Cover. Height: c. 0.9" / 2.3 cm x c. 2.3" / 5.8 cm length. Width: c. 1.6" / 4 cm. - Ashtray. Height: c. 0.6" / 1.5 cm x c. 3.3" / 8.3 cm length. Width: c. 2.4" / 6 cm. Unpackaged weight [full set]: c. 0.3 kg / 268 g
NOTES Set will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Antique / Vintage Chinese Lin Sen Era (1868 – 1943) 林森, Faceted Brass Dragon and Phoenix Vase
THE ITEM This superb work of design and craftsmanship, created during the Western Art Deco period, carries its own special piece of cultural significance and history.
It is common to find the underside of Chinese vases to be stamped, painted or etched with the era during which the piece was made. However, it is highly unusual to encounter a piece that references the early period of when China became a republic. The underside of this piece references the era of Lin Sen 林森 (b.1868 – d.1943) who was the President of the National Government of the Republic of China.
Beyond the period of when this piece was made, the form of is also very rare as the faceted shape features 14 sides (including the top and bottom) that are composed of triangular as well as diamond-shaped panels.
The exterior decor has been beautifully engraved by hand to create the stylised relief with the symbols of command of dragons, phoenixes and 'clouds' representing divinity. Together, the form and carefully detailed decor coalesce into this historically significant and highly decorative work of art.
CONDITION Superb. There is negligible age wear to the exterior and use wear to the interior that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the vase is carved with the phrase that translates to 'Zheng Lin Sen Era Made'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 5.1" / 13 cm tall (from base to rim) x 5.5" / 14 cm in diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Rim diameter: c. 3" / 7.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.9 kg / 853 gm.
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Lin Sen (b.1868 - d.1943) was native to Fenggang Village, in the Fujian County (now Minhou County, Fuzhou ). Lin Sen lived in Fuzhou but was later expelled for his anti-Qing dynasty efforts, he later participated in the struggle against ceding Taiwan and joined the Xingzhong Society. When the Chinese Alliance was formed, he would join the movement. During the 1911 Revolution, he led the Jiujiang Uprising and urged the navy to send troops to assist in stabilising the overall situation of the revolution. He would go on to be elected as the chairman of the founding Senate of the Republic of China, joining the Chinese Revolutionary Party in Tokyo in 1914 .
In 1928, Lin Sen was elected as a member of the National Government, and later that year, he was elected as the Deputy President of the Legislative Yuan. Eventually, he became the President of the National Government in 1932.
He would continue in his role as President until his death in a car accident in 1943.
Antique c. 1910s Chinese 琺瑯 'Falang' Painted Enamelwork, Canton Enamel Mini Copper Teapot
THE ITEM This exquisitely intricate piece is a work of Chinese Canton Enamel design.
The base enamel is a soft white upon which is the handpainted a delicate pattern of sophisticated detail. The pattern is composed of a rare combination of Peach Blossom, Peaches, Peonies and Chinese Chrysanthemums. There are accents of a stylised Ruyie cloud and Chinese Forget-me-not flower pattern all over and the interior is finished with the typical Chinese teal blue enamel.
This fantastic work of art would make an excellent decorative art feature.
CONDITION Very Good. No repairs. There is natural age wear to the enamel, predominantly to the lip of the handle and the rim edging. Wear is commensurable with the age of the piece, please see photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base is marked with '乾隆年制' which translates as 'Produced in Qianlong's Year' [Reign] which were revived from 1912 until the early-1920s.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 2" / 5 cm (including handle) by c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm width (across widest point). Base diameter: c 2.4" / 6.2 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 150 g
NOTES Teapot will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Painted enamel was introduced into China during the 18th century, with the introduction attributed to French missionaries, this is reflected in the translation of the Chinese term “foreign porcelain.” A metal object, usually copper but sometimes silver or gold, is covered with a background layer of enamel (often white), is fired, and then is painted with coloured enamels before the final firing.
Refined enamels made in the emperor’s workshops and in private shops in Peking also became popular export items, and most of the Canton enamels used the Famille Rose colours. Enamel works were popularly produced until the end of the 19th century.
Early 20th Cen. Chinese Soapstone Zhusha Bottle and Seal with Carved Lotus and Lily Pad Relief
This carefully detailed piece has been beautifully worked by hand to create the carving of lotus flowers and lilypads relief on both sides of the bottle. The bottle is accompanied by a small spoon that is finished with a coral glass stopper and etch-trimmed brass collar.
Besides being a carving of great skill, this piece also served the purpose of a seal via the inscription of an 'archaic script' on its base. In ancient times, the carved seal script would be used to imprint its mark onto official documentation, paintings or works of poetry using the traditional '朱砂' or 'zhūshā' red ink or Cinnabar paste. In recent times, the seal would have been used to mark paintings or works of poetry.
The inside of the bottle holds traces of the Cinnabar paste as does the seal on the underside of the bottle.
Very Good. There is negligible age wear that is primarily in the form of minor chips to the soapstone that commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall (from base to stopper) x 1.8" / 4.5 cm in width (across widest point) x c. 0.9" / 2.3 cm depth. Weight: c. 0.1kg / 139 g
Bottle will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.