A Chinese Archaic Bronze Hu Vessel – Warring State Period (475–221 BC) 战国青铜壶. A hu is a type of wine vessel that has a pear-shaped cross-section. Its body swells and flares into a narrow neck, creating S-shaped profile. Most Chinese bronze vessels fall into two categories, food vessels or wine vessels. Hu vessels were used for holding wine, but not as drinking vessels. Hu were an important part of religious and cultural rituals.
A Chinese export silver tea set made with bird and flower motif. Fine repousse work. Bamboo form handle and spout. Chinese mark on bottom. In overall good and clean condition. Weight of three pieces total: grams ( oz)
Chinese Changhua chicken blood seal with yellow, red and black color. This kind of three color combination is often called “Liu, Guan, Zhang”. This uncarved seal is likely from the republic period.
Good condition as shown in the photos. Guaranteed genuine Changhua chicken blood stone.
Size: 5 cm tall
Provenance: from a Hawaii Collector
This rare antique Chinese jade bangle is likely from theChinese Liao or Xixia period, which was about 1000 AC. The jade stone with dark spots are typical of that period, which jade material is hard to find today. The bangle is decorated with eight horses and some characters. The characters looks like ancient Chinese but can not be read. Liao and XiXia used characters, which looked like Chinese, but were not the Chinese we know. The horses were walking, running, rolling… The cutting techniques used were simple but the horses are full of life and energy. Great patina. This bangle is in good antique condition with no chip or break or restoration. Any jade from these two dynasties are very rare and hard to find.
Size: 8.5 cm outside diameter, 6.14 cm inside diameter.
Provenance: from a Philadelphia collector
A Chinese Jade Ruyi Scepter with Zitan Wooden Handle of oval outline, deeply carved with a scene of a sage and attendant on a mountain path, walking between trees with swirling clouds above, the finely carved jade stone inset into the head of a zitan scepter with an elegantly curved shaft, terminating in a triangular tip with a bull-nose perforation. The jade carving is typical work of 18th century qianlong period, and was likely from the work of the imperial work shop. Ruyi (Chinese: 如意; literally: ‘as desired; as [you] wish’) is a curved decorative object that serves as either a ceremonial scepter in Chinese Buddhism or a talisman symbolizing power and good fortune in Chinese folklore.
The jade plaque 3 5/8in (9.2cm) wide. Total length of ruyi is 15″ (38 cm)