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.
1970s West German Rolf Weber Steinzeug Cedar and Matte Crystalline Teal Blue Glaze Pottery Art Ball
THE ITEM Quirky, isn't it? I mistook this piece as an abstract shaped mini piggy bank / money box until I realised that there is no rubber stopper on the base ... but art doesn't always have to have a function does it? I imagine that's why what could have been a small rim at the top for a single stem bloom was closed off, so that whomever was holding this piece would need to reconsider their perspective to appreciate this piece.
And indeed there is. The silky matte cedar brown glaze could at first glance be mistaken for being purely matte, but a closer look and a turning of the sides will show you that there are glimmers of clear crystalline glaze interspersed all over the piece. The same goes for the speckles of blue teal, these also disperse as a crystalline glaze would bringing further depth to the colour.
A BIT OF HISTORY Unfortunately, it has not been possible to trace a detailed provenance on this piece, however, it is known that Rolf Weber lived from 1907 until 1985 and his works are widely exhibited in Germany e.g. Stadtmuseum Hofgeismar Kassel, Hetjens-Museum Dusseldorf, etc.
CONDITION Superb - no scratches or hairline cracks and only a few light movement marks to base which are commensurable with the age of this piece - please see photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall by 3.2" / 8 cm wide (across the body's widest point)
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 176 g
NOTES Ceramic will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
THE ITEM Presenting beautifully detail enriched piece of South American folk art.
The deep red-brown, leather on wood box is handmade and bears a warm Columbian stylised berries and leaves design.
This box offers two red lined drawers for jewellery, trinkets or desk organising needs.
A BIT OF HISTORY Close to one million people in Colombia earn a living directly or indirectly from the country’s vibrant arts and crafts sector. A significant contributor to the national economy, the sector counts some 350,000 artisans, approximately 60 percent of whom are from rural and indigenous areas.
Many skilled artisans are based in Pasto, the capital of Nariño, in southern Colombia. The city is located in the Atriz Valley on the Andes cordillera, at the foot of the Galeras volcano. Known for the technique of Barniz de Pasto, which uses a type of natural rubber which is coloured and then stretched over woodwork pieces; before the skilful artisan uses a special knife to cut and create the many beautiful designs that characterise this artistic technique. These skills would also be applied to tooling leather.
CONDITION Very Good Condition, with a degree of wear commensurable with age, please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall by 5.5" / 14 cm wide and 5.2" /13.2 cm in depth
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 505 g
NOTES Box will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.