Antique 1884 Chinese Guangxu Dynasty Ox Horn Seal and Carving of Wise Sage by Línfēng (林峰)
This carefully detailed piece has been beautifully worked by hand to create the carving of the travelling wise sage. Offset against the backdrop of stylised trees, the bearded figure carries a staff, denoting his age and his 'official' headwear implies that he was a scholar recognised by the imperial government.
The work is signed and dated by the artist, with the inscription reading as '甲申四月二十八日, 林峰作', which translates as 'Jiǎshēn year, fourth month, twenty-eighth day, work of Línfēng'. 'Jiǎshēn' is from the traditional Chinese calendar '农历', otherwise known as the 'Nónglì', the 'farming calendar' or Lunar calendar and correlates to the year 1884.
Besides being a carving of great skill, this piece also served the purpose of a seal via the further inscription in 'Zhuanshu' or 'archaic seal' script on its base. This caved 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.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Chinese government officials were selected by Imperial Examinations, a practice established as far back as the year 605 and continued until 1905. The exams were based on knowledge of the classics and literary style, and were held every three years. There were limited quotas for each level (e.g. provincial, metropolitan, palace) and as little as three hundred students would be selected from the masses of entrants.
Excellent. There are no chips, cracks or scratches to the piece, there is negligible age wear that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as part of condition report.
c. 5.3" / 13.5 cm tall (from base to rim) x " / cm in diameter.
Carving will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Antique European Japonisme / Japonism Copper and Wood, Sakura Relief Lockable Mini Chest of Drawers
A stunning work of late 18th century European Japonist design with Sakura Cherry blossom relief decor.
The body is made of copper, decorated with blossom and stem relief decor throughout, supported at the base by a stylised foot at each corner and complimented with a hinged handle on the top.
The decor on the front face of the unit is framed by a scroll trim and the whole piece is finished with a silver plating overlay, which has aged with a naturally worn patina. Inlays of wood form the drawer section, each drawer is finished with a hinged handle and can be locked/unlocked using the accompanying key.
A BIT OF HISTORY
"From the 1860s through to the 1890s, the rise of Japonisme and the Art Nouveau movement meant few could resist the obsession with all things Japanese. Superbly crafted and often highly decorated Japanese objects – lacquer, metalwork, ceramics, enamels and other decorative items rich in new and exotic subject matter – stimulated and inspired Western artists and craftsmen to produce their own works. Arts of the Meiji period (1868–1912) were displayed at international exhibitions, in the galleries of influential dealers and at fashionable stores in London, Paris and Vienna.
Artists from Van Gogh, Whistler, Monet, Manet, Klimt and Schiele were all, to varying degrees, influenced by the arts of Japan. Van Gogh himself stated that he owed his inspiration to Japanese art, but he was probably not conscious of the full extent to which art in Europe had already been greatly influenced by that of Japan."
[Source: Japonisme and the Rise of the Modern Art Movement, The Arts of the Meiji Period by Gregory Irvine]
Excellent, only light use and age wear (wear commensurable with age of the piece).
MEASUREMENTS c. 6.3" / 16 cm tall x c. " / cm in length x c. " / cm in width
Unpackaged weight: 1.3 kg / 1,293 g
NOTES Drawers 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.