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(I) ORIENTAL CERAMICS INCLUDING ANTIQUARIAN

Qing Dynasty garden seat
A Qing Dynasty, c.1880, pottery garden seat of an exceptionally pleasing glaze and colour.
In Chinese symbolism the ancient swastika motif represents the heart of Buddha, all happiness, the mind and infinity.

This decorative and useful stool would be equally at home in a garden, conservatory or living room.

SIZE: 19 inches tall
CONDITION: one small chip to a bottom angle (shown in photograph); one swastika motif has been broken and glued, glaze to the top slightly rubbed,
some chipping to foot of stool (can be seen in photograph).
PROVENANCE: With one family since c.1900.
Ref: Qingpot
Price: £1,885
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Huge Chinese blue and white bowl.
This is an absolutely spectacular ceramic; the skill needed to pot such a large bowl is great.
Over 2 foot in diameter, 9.5 inches deep and of considerable weight this is a commanding piece.
Beautifully hand painted with lotus and chrysanthemum scrolls; lotus conveys the notion of happiness in maturity, creative power, genius and marital happiness; the chrysanthemum represents autumn, joviality and a life of ease.
The bold decoration, with cresting waves and the lotus and chrysanthemum are in the 15th century style of the Ming Dynasty, although they were revived in the 18th century under the Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty.
This bowl, superb as it is, is neither of those. Dating only from the late 20th century it is a homage by a modern potter to the masters of the past.
As can easily be seen on this website we deal in fine antique items, not reproduction items....however, this bowl is so magnificent that an exception was made; although not old it is a fine art object. If it were what it appears to be it would be of immense value. We make no apology for its inclusion...it would enhance any room.
DIMENSIONS: 25 inches in diameter. 9.5 inches tall.
Ref: 8809
Price: £1,250
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Large Chinese Qianlong Dynasty (1736-95) blue and white vase.
A large 18th century Chinese porcelain baluster shaped vase, the cover possibly associated, the neck decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with stiff plantain leaves above a key fret border and a band of ruyi heads, over two four clawed dragons writhing amongst chrysanthemums and lotus scrolls etc. with Ming style lappet base

The dragon in Chinese mythology is lord of the skies and benevolent bringer of rain. In addition, therefore, to symbolising authority, strength and goodness, as of the emperor, it is also symbolic of fecundity and fertilty.
The lotus conveys the notion of happiness in maturity, creative power and genius. In nature the lotus grows in muddy water but emerges clean from it, thus symbolising purity in adversity.

SIZE: 61 cm tall (25 inches).
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Cheltenham.
CONDITION: Although suffering from some chips and old poor quality repairs, this vase is of an impressive size and has considerable beauty and presence, the damages not being obtrusive.
Ref: 8863
This item has been sold





Large Qing Dynasty dragon vase.
An impressive large Martavan storage jar, Qing Dynasty c.1880, decorated with dragons symbolising authority, strength and goodness; they chase the Celestial Pearl of Wisdom.
The glaze and colouring are particularly good, but there is a large chip and two small ones to the rim, possibly gained when it was used as a stick stand.

Size: 26 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: Christie's 1997.
Yorkshire Private Collection.
Ref: 7986
This item has been sold




Tang Dynasty Attendant Figure, 7th - 10th century
An ancient Chinese attendant figure from a Tang Dynasty tomb, 1300 to 1000 years old.
Originally the figure, still bearing some of its original paint, would have held a wooden stick to symbolise the light that would be used to guide the deceased through the Afterlife.
The Tang Dynasty was an Imperial dynasty of China, with its capital at Chang'an (present-day Xi'an), the most populous city at the time in the world, it is generally regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization—equal to, or surpassing that of, the earlier Han Dynasty—a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Its territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, was greater than that of the Han period.

SIZE: 11 inches tall
PROVENANCE: English private collection for the last 16 years.
This item has been sold