Asian and Islamic Ceramics and Works of Art
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A Chinese archaic bronze square mirror, Warring States period (480-221 BC), one side cast with four shan (T) motifs against a finely patterned ground, width 10.7cm. Provenance: from the estate of the late Frederick Sydney Clark (1923-2016).
Hammer price: £120
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A Chinese archaic bronze circular mirror, possibly Han dynasty, the raised rim framing two zones of cross hatched designs, with a pair of parallel loops offset to the centre, diameter 17.8cm. Provenance: from the estate of the late Frederick Sydney Clark (1923-2016).
Hammer price: £200
A Chinese archaic bronze double phoenix mirror, probably Tang dynasty, one side cast with a pair of strutting phoenixes and flowers framing the central boss, length 14.3cm. Provenance: from the estate of the late Frederick Sydney Clark (1923-2016).
Hammer price: £30
A Chinese archaic bronze circular mirror, Tang dynasty, cast with lion and grapevine design, diameter 13.2cm. Provenance: from the estate of the late Frederick Sydney Clark (1923-2016).
Hammer price: £40
A Chinese archaic bronze ruyi head shaped mirror, possibly Tang dynasty, one side cast with a pair of phoenixes, length 17cm, together with another bronze circular mirror, possibly Han dynasty, cast in low relief with foliate scrolls within a dragon border, diameter 13.8cm. Provenance: from the estate of the late Frederick Sydney Clark (1923-2016).
Hammer price: £90
A group of three Chinese archaic small bronze mirrors, one cast with a dragon, diameter 8.5cm, another with two rams, diameter 8cm, the third with scrolls and pearls, diameter 9.5cm, together with another bronze foliate shaped mirror with handle, length 17.2cm. Provenance: from the estate of the late Frederick Sydney Clark (1923-2016).
Hammer price: £120
A Japanese bronze circular mirror, one side cast in relief with mythical figures, attendants and a dragon in a cloud-swept garden, diameter 19.3cm. Provenance: from the estate of the late Frederick Sydney Clark (1923-2016).
Hammer price: £85
An impressive Chinese jade dagger-axe blade, late Shang/Zhou dynasty (16th-11th century BC), of mottled spinach green colour, the channelled blade edge with mottled calcified cloud effect inclusions, the blade itself of finely polished form with a central ridge continuing into the drilled hilt, the upper blade finely incised to the front and back with a lozenge trellis and to one side with a lengthy inscription, length 49.4cm, maximum blade width 8.9cm (old repair), bearing a paper label with a translation of the inscription: 'In the Royal 12th year. In the 1st moon, and the fortunate 1st day. The King whilst staying in the Capital, caused to be made this blade of jade. May it be for perpetual use. Translation by L.C. Hopkins'. Provenance: from the estate of the late Frederick Sydney Clark (1923-2016), formerly in the Harry Geoffrey Beasley Collection. Note: Harry Beasley (1881-1939) was a British anthropologist and museum curator who set up the Cranmore Ethnographical Museum, which eventually held more than 6000 objects. He died from diabetes in 1939 and his collection was stored with the British Museum collections during the war, which was fortunate as the Cranmore Museum was destroyed by bombing. After the war, substantial portions of the Beasley Collection were passed to the British Museum, the Royal Museum in Edinburgh, Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the Liverpool Museums. Other pieces were sold by his widow and, after her death in 1974, by their daughters.
Hammer price: £52,000
A Chinese silk embroidered fan case, 19th century, each side worked in coloured threads with two iron red bats amidst vapours, within a gilt key fret and ruyi head border, length 31cm (minor faults).
Hammer price: £260
A Chinese Imari export porcelain decagonal dish, early 18th century, the centre painted with pavilions in a coastal landscape, the segmented rim filled alternately with bamboo and pine and red capped cranes and dragons, the underside of rim with underglaze blue meandering scroll, diameter 24cm, together with a Chinese 'clobbered' blue and white vase, Kangxi period, the cylindrical body painted in underglaze blue with panels of flowers, later embellished in red, green and pink on a gilt ground, height 12.2cm (repaired rim).
Hammer price: £80
A Chinese cinnabar lacquer snuff bottle and stopper, probably late Qing dynasty, the flattened body carved in relief with opposing scenes of a scholar and attendant walking within a rocky landscape, against a trellis ground, unmarked, height 6.2cm.
Hammer price: £2,800
A Chinese robin's egg and gilt porcelain vase, mark of Qianlong but probably early 20th century, of flattened baluster form, each side moulded in relief with a gilt dragon filled ruyi shaped panel beneath similar smaller rectangular panels and a key fret rim, all reserved against a jun speckled robin's egg blue glaze, moulded gilt seal mark to base, height 14.7cm.
Hammer price: £380
A Japanese musen enamel rectangular box and cover, early 20th century, decorated with bamboo beneath a red enamel, silk lined interior, length 13.5cm (some faults).
Hammer price: £45
A Chinese famille rose export porcelain plate, Qianlong period, the centre painted with a cockerel attacking a grasshopper, accompanied by another cockerel beside a fenced peony garden, within a floral rim, diameter 22.7cm (faint hairline to rim).
Hammer price: £50
A Chinese gilt metal, cornelian, turquoise and coral bead necklace, probably early 20th century, the gilt metal Buddhistic lion pendant hung with carved cornelian and gilt metal ball drops, width of lion pendant 7.5cm.
Hammer price: £180
A Chinese blue and white porcelain bottle vase, Kangxi period, the shouldered ovoid body painted with flower charged vases, low tables and jardinières beneath a waisted onion neck, height 25.5cm (chips to rim).
Hammer price: £900
Two Chinese famille rose enamelled porcelain figures of Guanyin, late Qing dynasty, each modelled kneeling wearing colourful robes, height 20.5cm (one hand repaired).
Hammer price: £140
A Chinese bronze gu vase, 17th century, of flared form, the body cast with lappet shaped panels filled with archaic motifs above flanges and stylized scrolls, height 32.4cm.
Hammer price: £300
A Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Jambhala, probably late Qing dynasty, modelled seated on the back of a dragon, the lotus moulded base incised with four character inscription to reverse, height 10cm.
Hammer price: £1,400
A Chinese Canton export ivory rectangular card case and cover, mid/late 19th century, one side carved in relief with a central panel of figures in a village scene within a floral border, the reverse with floral oval panel and border, length 11.4cm.
Hammer price: £260