Set of 3 painted bronze 18th to 19th century salt or nut boats. We are not certain of their origin, probably either Asia or Russia. Each bowl was hand painted in polychrome and highlighted in pure gold leaf. They each measure 6.5 inches across x 3 inches deep x 3.5 inches high at the ends. Each one is exquisitely painted in a slightly different motif from the others.
Pair of flute carved padouk wood lamps. India, circa 1900. Hand carved from single blocks of wood. Note the wonderful angled wave detail at the shoulder. Padouk is a very dense and hard wood that requires great skill to carve. Excellent condition with new linen shades, harps and wiring. Each measures 30 inches high to the harps and 18 inches high to the top of the wood base.
Antique Chinese Ming style tall stand in original red wash surface. Bamboo, blossom and fence carved sides over "cracked ice" lattice-work bottom shelf. Excellent original condition with a rich reddish-brown surface. Measures 14.5 inches square by 30.5 inches tall.
Decorate a table or counter top with this elegant bronze cooking pot from southern India. The antique urli (temple bowl) has a neoclassical shape, wide and shallow with rolled handles on both sides ending in raised heart-shaped cartouches. An urli is a traditional pot suspended over a fire to cook and serve food in temples and at holy sites on festival days. The name urli is derived from the Tamil word "urulai" which means a round bowl. Smaller urlis were used in homes for cooking and in Ayurveda to make medicines. Today many Indians use them to float flowers in. One could also use this as an impressive centerpiece bowl, or as a fountain or planter in an atrium or on a patio. Excellent original unpolished condition. Two firing cracks in base. Measures 32" diameter x 9.5" high.
Early Chinese wooden well pulley, 17th to 18th century. Carved from a single block of wood. It weighs 43 pounds and measures 17 inches wide, 14 inches deep and 19.5 inches tall mounted on its stand. The wood is so dense and heavy it is nearly petrified.