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Chinese C. 1850 4 Pc. Luncheon Place Setting Bird & Butterfly

Jan-Erik Nilsson of the Goteborg Ceramics Website, said when speaking of the ‘Bird and Butterfly’ pattern it is hard to imagine at one time this was actually the name of a Dinner Service, and now even individual pieces are very rare to find. This pattern is considered to be a variation hybrid of the Canton Famille Rose pattern, except this pattern used much finer details and lots of gilding.

It is not hard to see that these 170 year old pieces were never used, as a sailor would take a once in a lifetime trip to China, and bring back home to Nova Scotia the finest souvenir he could afford and in this case it was a single luncheon place setting in the ‘Bird and Butterfly’ pattern where they remained untouched for well over a century and a half. $Can 550.00 Dollars

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RARE 18th C. Chinese Chippendale 36 inch H. Mahogany Plant Stand

I have to admit that I really like early Chinese period furniture, and as is said, ‘Simplicity is Elegance’ and that certainly applies with this beautiful early stand that measures 16 inches square at the top. Cannot help but smile when looking at the one inch thick shelf to the top of the stand, as it has the most wondrous warping from over 220 or so years of faithful use. A dowel needs to be replaced, and one of the stretchers was broken and well restored about 100 or so years ago. Still is very solid and currently holding a 40 or so pound 21 inch Canton porcelain vase.$CAN 5000.00 Dollars

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5 Ft. Tall Intricately Carved and Lacquered Zitan or Hongmu Chrysanthemum Root wood Sculpture Designed for an Embassy

My understanding is that around the turn of the 20th century or 1900 the Government of Japan commissioned a Master Artisan of Wood Carving to make this work of art to be placed inside an embassy. I believe this to be true as the carvings central theme is the official flower of the Japanese Imperial Family namely a Chrysanthemum. The carving was to be placed upon a gilt bronze stand, which rings of truth as there is a perfectly drilled larger hole in each of the four base feet. I hope my photos are suitable as this truly is spectacular though simple themed as a piece of root wood. I am sure this wonderful carving would be standing in a fine embassy today, except somewhere at a time while carving the work it fell, doing superficial damage to one of the petals. The quality of the carving of this special piece is such that a suitable fix would be golden in nature.
About six years ago an appraiser at Waddington’s Auctions Toronto mentioned that he felt the sculpture was made of Zitan. The wood grain is a mid dark brown in color, and though the piece is quite heavy I will not commit to that genre of wood, though it is a possibility. $CAN 12000.00 Dollars

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Chinese Circa 1900 16 ins. H. by 12 ins. W Finely Etched Painted & Enameled Quali & Bamboo Table Screen

MAGINE, the finest Chinese Master Artisan’s from the mid 19th century onward namely porcelain decorators such as the 8 friends of Zhushan, whose better works now command six-seven figures. So here we have a magnificently and with exacting precision Master Artisan decorated porcelain table screen. I was so taken with the intricate design, that for three weeks I savored only the front of this work, however tonight, given the fact there was no artist’s seal affixed to the surface, it was high time to pay attention to the back, after all this is the kind of quality only a very small number of Provincial Master Artisan’s or even the highest echelon Masters can produce, and this work is so special that if not on the front of the work, there really is only one other option where a great Master might sign his work.

First thing I look for is signs of age….how about the nail heads and where the nail broke the surface of the wood….the result was wonderful nice oxidization on the early circa 1850-1900 misshapen nail head.

Now, if you are a great Master Artisan and have placed a form of identification to the back of the porcelain plaque, and are understandably proud of what is clearly a ‘Masterpiece’ , of course you want to provide protection to the back of the porcelain plaque, however, also ease of access….enjoy the photos….I may not sell the piece at this time….

I’ve been studying and collecting Chinese porcelain now for over 31 years and this being somewhat of a newer work in my collection in the coming days will be adding this to my website ......….. as there is a very revealing magnification tool to view “UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” a great Master Artisan’s work. I have a feeling this artwork may have been created by a student apprentice from Qianjiang School of Ceramics. Looking at this exceptional porcelain creation it has been difficult for me to imagine why such a work does not bear the artist’s seal on the surface of the plaque?

Bi Botao one of the great porcelain decorators from the 8 Friends of Zhushan comes to mind when thinking of who the artist was, however as fine as his works were this plaque is like looking at Bi Botao’s works in the “third dimension”.

Though the stand clearly is not original to the plaque, and the frame including the backing is of such high caliber gazing at the absolute incomparable beauty of this porcelain piece I have resisted the temptation to remove the backing to see if this gifted porcelain Master Artisan has taken the time to sign the reverse…..$CAN 20000.00 Dollars

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Pair of Large Chinese Early 20th C. Famille Noire Porcelain Plaques with Phoenix Cranes Flowers, Birds off Balcony 38 1/4 Tall by 16 ins. W.

​My understanding is that this size and color of porcelain plaques are quite rare. The interesting truth behind these black plaques is that they are not black at all, rather a very deep purple-blue palette. These would be a focal point in any room as the colors are extremely vibrant. These are all manners of wonderful birds on these plaques including cranes for longevity and phoenix representing the Empress. All in all quite beautiful. POR

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17th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Floral Motif Lidded 6 ins. Tall by 5 ins. Wide Ginger Jar

There sometimes are little things that attract one’s eyes that we really can’t put our fingers on? In the case of this jar for me, it was the almost child-like rendering of the cobalt blue flowers and the genuine crackle glaze finished product. There are a few chips to the rim though looking at them now they would have been made a very long time ago. CAN $175.00

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Chinese Late Qing Dynasty Canton Rose 21 inch Porcelain Famille Verte Bottle Vase

​This is a very large Famille Verte Canton Rose bottle vase that was made around 1880 and weighs 26 lbs. These Canton pieces are now more highly valued than the ‘Medallion’ version because of the profuse use of decoration featuring birds, butterflies insects, roses, and people scenes. The vase is in mint condition.

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Chinese 18th-19th Century Glass Egg Yolk Yellow Bowl 6 ins. Wide by 3 ins. Tall Birds and Cherry Blossoms

This bowl’s rim has been carved down and what makes this bowl special is that bubbles can be seen in the walls of the bowl, along with ash particles from a wood-fired kiln. These older glass bowls given their predisposition to break are now very difficult to find. No damage. CAN. $500.00

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Pair of Cranes (Longevity) Asian Porcelain 10 1/4 ins. Tall by 4 3/4 ins. Wide Hat Stands-Mint Condition

​This is a pair of late 19th early 20th century either Chinese or Japanese Hat Stands with Cranes in a marshland motif. The artisan who decorated the hat stands was very adept at decoration involving enamels. CAN. $800.00 for the Pair.

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Signed Hanging Scroll Early 20th Century Beautiful Young Lady 77 1/2 inches Tall by 17 2/3 ins. wide (44 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 ins).

Beautifully rendered and Romantic painting of a Young Lady in a robe with her hair ever so slightly jostled….obviously a gifted artist, to capture such lovely quiet emotion-Wonderful and artistic Seal of the Artist-CAN. $800.00

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Chinese Kangzi Mark Porcelain Polychromed 5 1/3 inch scalloped Bowl

​When I first purchased this little dish, though with a good period Kangzi period seal mark affixed to the base it was simply too fresh, too perfect to be 300+ years old. To look at this little piece what one realizes right away is that this was a piece created by a late Qing/Early Republic period potter done out of respect for the porcelain decorators 250-300 years earlier most likely early Kangzi, mid 17th or earlier….why….the decorator used overglaze enamels including true to period iron rust red, except for the cobalt blue which was underglaze (they had not yet figured out how to do underglaze blue. The six character horizontal seal mark was only used early during the Kangzi period as well. Also the potter did a fabulous job of copying thinly potted and scalloped porcelain, not quite ‘egg shell’ but wonderfully thin.

This little dish is in MINY condition. CAN $225.00

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Chinese Export Mid 18th Century 13 1/4 ins. Wide by 2 ins. Deep Blue and White Porcelain Charger

​The glaze is beautiful and as the design is slightly raised the leaves on the tree literally sparkle. There is no damage to the charger. CAN $195.00.

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Chinese Early 18th C. Yongzheng-Qianlong Export Famille Verte 9 3/4 ins. Diameter porcelain Leisure & Landscape Plate

​I believe that this little plate is fairly rare in the landscape and leisure motif, as well as the lovely cobalt and turquoise/peacock blue used in its decoration. Interesting that it’s not hard to tell that this was fired in a wood-burning kiln, as there are carbon residue burn marks to the base. There are no chips, cracks or any form of restoration on this plate. CAN $175.00

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Signed Qianlong Period (1736-95) Embroidery and painting on silk with Birds, Flowering trees with a monkey and Marsh scene, Mandarin Ducks,Deer

This work of art was gently removed from its lion dog frame as it was starting to separate. When I viewed this piece initially as it has some water and smoke staining to its extremities I wasn’t sure about bidding on it. However, given some of the beautiful threadwork I took out my 30 power loupe to view the stitching a little more closely. When I saw how lovingly the gold thread date and artist’s mark was fashioned I simply had to buy it. Particularly fwonderful was the fineness of the detailing in the monkey (looks more like a human). I have saved the original damaged frame if desired.

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Chinese Song/Ming Dynasty Large Bronze Ritual Vessel

This wonderful bronze has the deepest brown patina and measures 11 inches in height with a width of 12 inches and bears mythological beast handles. There looks to be a very fine restoration to the central bottom of the vessel no doubt caused by centuries of water retention and the corrosion of those ages. Barring that the vessel is in wonderful antique condition.