Antique Chinese Ming style camphor wood trunk, late 18th to early 19th century. Dovetailed sides. Solid heavy original brass hinges, handles and lock plate. Excellent condition. Measures 36.75 inches wide, 23.25 inches deep and 17.5 inches high. Wonderful deep rich brown color. 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
Japanese Meiji period hanging corner cabinet circa 1860. Sliding doors over 2 open shelves over 2 doors. The crest is pierce-carved with writhing dragons; the sliding doors are carved, enameled and gilded with images of scholars; the sections behind the open shelves are pierce-carved with birds flying among flowering branches; and at thr center of the shelves in a phoenix bird. The design and craftsmanship are exquisite and the cabinbet is in excellent condition. It measures 49.5 inches to the top of the crest, 42.5 inches to the top of the case, 31.75 inches wide at the case, 32.75 inches wide at the crest, 16 inches deep front to back, and extends 22 inches at the sides. 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
Christie's Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale December 1983. Four volumes, including the Georges deBatz ceramics collection (Vol. 2), in very good condition, in the original slipcase. The sale took place on Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday December 1, 1983.
Beautiful vintage hand painted paper mache box made by the Ali Brothers, Hassan Abad, Srinagar 190003, Kashmir, India, 4th quarter 20th century. Measures 6.5 inches long, 4 inches wide and 2 inches high. Excellent condition, painted with pink, blue and yellow over a gold and black ground. Papier mache or paper mache is derived from French meaning 'chewed paper'. Paper Mache is a composite material consisting of paper pulp reinforced with some adhesive which hardens upon drying and then is painted upon. Paper Mache was introduced in Kashmir by the Persian Mystic Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, popularly known as Shah-i-Hamdan in Kashmir. It is believed that during his visit to Kashmir, the Shah was accompanied by a host of craftsmen who were favored by the local court of the Sultan of Kashmir, Zain-ul-Abidin. After time the art and craft that was ancestral to these artisans from Persia and Central Asia started to flourish in the vale of Kashmir.
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.