Fine brass inlaid wood Surahi vessel, circa 1870-80. Probably made in Mainpuri, a district in the Agra region of northern India. The artisans who specialized in this delicate work, known as tarkashi, were members of the Ojha caste, whose ancestors migrated from Rajistan to Mainpuri in the 14th century. For more information and related examples, please see Furniture From British India and Ceylon by Amin Jaffer, V & A Publications 2001, pages 305-307. Measures 6 inches high, a bit of minor inlay loss.
Korean pair of carved wood tortoise stands, Choson Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Each carved from a single block of wood and retaining its original polychromed surface. Each measures 7 inches long by 6 inches high and 5 inches wide. Now set with candle-pricks for use as candle holders. Tortoises have long been associated with nobility and longevity in Korean and other Asian cultures.MAIN
A Copeland Spode chinoiserie decorated Chinese "powder blue" porcelain valuables box, the hinged top and sides featuring extensive hand gilding of classic Cantonese pastoral imagery (temples, pagodas, fisherman, bridges, etc.) on a cobalt background with additional scroll and latticework decoration; original reeded bronze mountings, marked Copeland Spode, England (verso) & numbered "E 1885". England c. 1900. No chips, repairs or restoration. Dimensions: 6 1/4" W x 3 1/4" H x 4 1/8" D.
Rare museum quality Kangxi period Tibetan scholar's lift top scroll chest. Late 17th to early 18th century. Exquisitely hand painted front panel depicts a magnificent writhing dragon amid blue and green clouds on a red orange ground; the side panels are in tiger pelt motif. All original including the hand wrought iron hardware. It measures 41 inches high by 58 inches wide by 19.5 inches deep. This is one of the most stunning examples of Chinese painted furniture we have ever seen. For a related example, please see Chinese Furniture by Michel Beurdeley, published by Kodansha International, 1979, plate 152.
A Middle Eastern Moorish style intricately carved hardwood center or occasional table with mother of pearl inlay, the tall square structure with scooped corner top features a classic Islamic fretwork apron, four retractable, inlaid shelves and a full inlaid under-shelf, supported on splayed, square legs. Circa 1860. Dimensions: 30.75" H x 21.5" W x 21.5" D.