Large antique cast iron pair of garden urns. Designed with renaissance style rampant lions. Excellent casting and condition. Each urn weighs around 250-300 pounds and measures 49 inches high, 32 inches across with 24 inch openings. Purchased in a Newport, RI, antique shop in 1960.
Japanese lacquer small cabinet, or sage-dansu, Edo period,early to mid 19th century. Rectangular form, with two hinged doors opening to 7 drawers of 3 sizes. The box is decorated in gold taka-maki, kira-maki, togidashi, and kirigane, with recessed panels of insects and glass-eyed birds among wisteria and chrysanthemums; the interior is similarly decorated on a mura-nashiji ground, silvered copper mounts. Measures 15.75 inches wide by 8.75 inches deep and 17.5 inches high. Some old restoration. The back of the box bears an old label marked No. 5.
The decoration was inspired by the miniature Mughal paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries in India. Each scene is hand painted over true silver leaf, accented with areas of gold leaf. There are scenes of courtly life, the hunt, lovers, gardens and exotic animals. Truly one of a kind and custom made, there is no other like it. The chest has no drawer pulls because owner chose to display it as a work of art; however, drawer pulls could easily be added. Measures 30 inches wide, 14 inches deep, and 28.5 inches high. Lovely condition.
An impressive 18th C. Chinese black lacquered cabinet with chinoiserie & gilt decoration (both inside and out), featuring classic Cantonese garden scenery, having double doors opening to a bank of eleven drawers of varying sizes, surrounded by a cupboard with door, resting on a raised platform; original hardware throughout, including lock and ket. China, c. 1780--1800. Dimensions: 41 1/2" H x 40 1/2" W x 20" D.
A stunning Jansen School black lacquered chinoiserie decorated occasional table in the Louis XIII style, the oblong tray top gilt painted with assorted animals, including giraffes, parrots etc., in a classic Cantonese garden setting, having a single full fascia drawer with a brass pull, on exaggerated cabriole legs ending in stylized hoof feet. Circa 1920. Dimensions: 27 1/8" H x 35 3/4" W x 20 1/4" D.