Antique Japanese Meiji period ceremonial noh, or theater, mask. Enamel on wood, circa 1860. Cream colored lacquer with a very subtle sprinkling of pure gold flakes. Measures 13 inches high, 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Excellent original condition.
Vintage pair of African tribal pottery heads. Second half of the 20th century. One head has had some old professional repairs. They both measure 9.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep and are mounted on custom wood stands that measure 6 inches square by 3 inches high. Total height of the mounted heads is 12 inches. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 203 488-1919 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com
The Edward T. Chow Collection, complete in 3 hardcover volumes with original dust jackets and estimates. This celebrated collection was auctioned by Sotheby Parke Bernet in 3 parts: Part 1 (Ming and Qing Porcelain, 157 pages) was sold in Hong Kong on 11/25/80; Part 2 (Early Ceramics and Ancient Bronzes, 144 pages) was sold in London on 12/16/80; and Part 3 (Ming and Qing Porcelain, 184 pages) was sold in Hong Kong on 5/19/81. Very good condition: miniscule wear to the jackets, tight bindings, nearly untouched pages. This is a very rare, must have set for any serious collector of Chinese Works of Art. It is the good, better, best of all known collections. Many marks are clearly shown with wonderful descriptions. Edward ("Eddie" T. Chow Art Dealer and Collector 1910-1980. Eddie Chow is remembered as a significant collector-dealer in Chinese art during the postwar years. Born in Yangzhou, he was sent to Shanghai at the age of thirteen to study Chinese art with the dealer Zhu Heting. Chow was also mentored by Jacob Melchior, a Danish collector who worked for the International Maritime Customs Service. He soon developed a network that included some of the major collectors of the first half of the twentieth century, including Sir Percival David and George Eumorfopoulos. Chow first met Eumorfopoulos in the 1930s when the International Exhibition of Chinese Art at the Royal Academy in London was being organized. After he moved to Hong Kong in 1947, Chow built both his reputation as a dealer and his own significant collection of Chinese works of art. Twenty years later, in 1967, Chow moved to Geneva, Switzerland. Following his death in 1980, Chow’s collection was auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong and London. Bio obtained from www.asia.si.edu Freer/ Sackler Smithsonian
Large antique English brass door knocker with dolphins and figures on custom mahogany stand. Simply the best door knocker we have seen in a long time. The knocker measures 12 x 8 inches, with the top back plate the overall measurement is 15 inches high and 8 inches wide. The custom solid mahogany stand measures 21 inches high with a 10.5 x 10.5 square base. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours of operation and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com
Pair of Abumi, saddle stirrups made by “Nakamura Keiken”. The Nakamura family are well known metal artists who also made Tsuba and other Samurai metal works in the Japanese Edo period. This pair of stirrups are both inlaid with pure gold and have Ryusui, a water theme. Natural wear, minor gold loss in some areas. Dating from the 18th-19th century. Each strirup measures 12 inches long x 10 inches high x 5 inches wide. Stirrups like these were used to support the rider’s feet while seated on horseback. During warfare, they allowed mounted samurai to stabilize position and control the horse while firing a weapon or brandishing a sword. Curving up and back in the front, they bring the loop for the leather connecting-strap over the instep, providing superior balance. Only high-ranking samurai could ride horses in the Edo period. Elegantly decorated stirrups were a sign of the owner’s privileged position.