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
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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The chair was purchased from a Lady whose Russian Aristocratic parents escaped St. Petersberg during the Russian Revolution fleeing to the far eastern coast of Siberia. They spent their time traveling around Asia until 1941 when they emigrated to Montreal to escape the second World War. They escaped with their young daughter Lily and a few cherished possessions, one being this magnificent and ‘Heavy’ Chair chair The chair back rises to a height of 46 inches, by 21.5 inches wide, by 22 inches deep. The right rear leg has a slight age warp, other than that is in wonderful condition and is a treat to sit on, except of course for the carved crocodiles to the tops of the arm rests, which kept the King looking regal.
What can one say about a King of what once was the richest province of 19th century India who enjoyed riding around his walled city on saddled giraffe,
I spent quite a lot of time researching this chair, as there are many chairs carved in India. So what makes this chair different. We’ll start with the top and work our way down. At the top back of the chair is the stylized ‘Coat of Arms’ of Wajid’s family, with one rule in their society being the King’s of this regal family were permitted the privilege of making basic changes to their coat of arms. This king ruled over a very rich province in Northern India, and built a walled city for himself, his 350 or so wives, and a virtual Zoo. The zoo contained many exotic animals including rhinoceros, lions, tigers, etc…etc…. To the back of the chair is a goddess holding a snake in each hand….this is the Goddess of Fertility and of course it goes without saying with over 350 wives who had their own living quarters with a bazaar to allow them the luxury of shopping. Next is the accessory that sets this chair apart from the multitude of other carved chairs out of India, that being from the tops of both arms of the chair are carved crocodiles, with cobras in their mouths, the mythical guardians of the “Throne Room”. For good measure to the front of the arms are fierce lions. To the front legs of the chair are carved elephant heads complete with ivory tusks. Bombay black wood is the Indian equivalent of Zitan, so it is quite heavy, and if caught in a flood would probably not be a good idea to latch onto this chair expecting to float, because like ebony, not exactly buoyant. The chair comes with a beautiful satin seat pillow with tassels. $CAN 9000.00 dollars.
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 ......http://pelchatantiques.com/beta….. 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
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.
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
This is a one of a kind porcelain Masterpiece by the Master Artisan who in 1893 won the Grand Prize for Crafts, which that year was a Bronze Medal, the second-place prize that year was an ‘Honorary Gold Medal’ and was won by Makuzu Kozan for his elaborately designed pair of large vases. Shortly thereafter he would become the Official Potter to the Japanese Imperial Family. Of special interest is the fact that both Kozan and Seishi sacrificed 8 years of their lives in the creation of these single Masterpiece for the Chicago World’s Exposition.
Of even greater significance and in a feat never before seen in the history of the World’s Fair Exposition an exhibit specifically LOT # 561 titled an ‘ORNAMENT’ by Naruse Seishi -Gifu won the Grand Prize that year. In point of fact the ornament was the ROOIF of a ceramic replica of the Tokugawa Shrine Gate at Nikko Japan and measured .75 meters tall and .45 meters wide. On the ocean transit, the ship was almost sunk in a typhoon, however, the bottom two-thirds of the replica was destroyed, along with other Masterpieces destined for Chicago, including a set of 4 season massive cloisonne vases by Kumeno Tietaro.
When the judges witnessed the intricacy of the design of the ROOF they awarded it the Grand Prize Bronze Medal. The great Kinkozan Sobei VII who had medaled in every other World’s Fair was shut out. The great Yabu Meizan had a special technique copied here from a Wikipedia article “Meizan’s works are characterized by minute decoration applied using copper plate designs. These engraved copper plates were used to print the designs on paper, which would then be cut to provide stencils for painting on vases or plates” Meizan chose to nevcer exhibit at a World’s Exposition.
Photos and information on the famed ” Roof” can be found in a catalog of an exhibit of Naruse Seishi’s work held in Japan in 2010 in the Harvard Fine Arts library as well as in a large museum in GIFU Japan. POR
One of Canada’s greatest artists whose works are universally in great demand. This work seems to have reflected a fair bit of passion for this Lady, his mistress. POR
There is a bit of an interesting story that goes with this lovely work of art( actual work (12 ins. by 9.5 ins.). Lady Diana’s home while growing up was the Very Large and beautiful Althorp House in England which as a footnote was where the Princess was laid to rest, beside a lovely pond. Occasionally her father the 8th Earl Spencer would require a little extra money, so he’d saunter down to the library at Althorp and grab a few works of art that were to be sold and bring them to town and trade them for some cash, which is where these were purchased as ‘pictures from the Spencer estate’ at a “Capes and Pilcher Auctioneers” estate sale. Tere is a note to this effect written on tape to the back of the painting and also in a different hand to the reverse side of the work.
Knowing how Princess Diana championed the young less fortunate children in this world during her brief life, one cannot nhelp but imagine the young princess occasionally glancing at this work and wondering…...what if…... POR
This little bronze was very intricately sculpted with the sensitive face of a loving and caring Goddess. Everything about this bronze including the hands….one thick thumb are very finely done. No Damage and has the Tibetan mark impressed to the base. CAN. $350.00
Corry William Brigden was a Hamilton artist who lived with a strong artistic intent that carried through all aspects and periods of his life. CWB ultimately found his calling as a teacher in the art department at Westdale Secondary and Central High School. CWB spent decades sharing his passion for art through education. If I could find words to describe this work they would include ‘pastoral and dreamy’...CAN.$900.00
I use the word survivor to describe this incredible garment as the normal practice in this savage war was mass graves and as they laid in uniform. It is obvious when looking at the pants on this uniform that this soldier was quite adept at hitting the ground when fired upon as noted by the extreme wear seen at the knee level on the pants. There appears to be a few blood spots on the tunic, as well as a few brass buttons. Amazing historical piece from the American ‘Civil’ War.