Important Chinese Ceramics from the J. M. Hu Family Collection, Sotheby's New York, June 4, 1985 sale. Hardcover catalogue with dust jacket in pristine condition.
Antique Indian pierced brass breakfast or lamp table. The base of the table was entirely pierce cut by hand in India circa 1860. It has been artisan fitted with a wood base and a thick glass top. Strong and sturdy. Measures 32 inches wide and 29 inches high. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
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.
"The Masters Book of Ikebana," first edition, published in 1966 by Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha Publishers, Tokyo, Japan. Background and principles of Japanese flower arranging, with lessons from the masters of the Ikenobo School in Kyoto, the Ohara School in Osaka, and the Sogetsu School in Tokyo. Edited by Donald Richie and Meredith Weatherby. The original plastic dust cover is wrinkled but the book is in excellent condition both inside and out. Gorgeous tea green brocade cover with bamboo calligraphy signature panel and rice paper title panel. Stunning color prints, many tipped-in. Measures 14 x 10.75 inches.
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