• Copper-red Decorated Porcelain Ewer

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Copper-red Decorated Porcelain Ewer

    Height: 32.5cm


    Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368 - 98)

    Ancient Chinese bronze vessels, gilt bronzes and early ceramics, 1973

    Now at the Matsuoka Museum of Art, Tokyo

  • Glazed earthenware horse

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Glazed earthenware horse

    height: 68.0cm, Length: 76.3cm

    Tang dynasty (618 - 907)

  • Archaic Bronze Ding

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Archaic Bronze Ding

    Height: 57.0cm

     
    Western Zhou period, 11th - 10th century BC

    Now in the Rietberg Museum, Zurich

  • Falangcai porcelain vase with a pair of golden pheasants

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Falangcai porcelain vase with a pair of golden pheasants

    Height: 20.3cm

     
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period (1736 - 95)

    Meiyintang collection

  • Painted bronze mirror

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Painted bronze mirror

    Diameter: 27.7cm

     
    Western Han period, 2nd - 1st century BC

    Sculpture and ornament in early Chinese art, 1996, catalogue no. 6

  • Gilt-bronze figure of Buddha

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Gilt-bronze figure of Buddha

    Height: 22.3cm

     
    Liao dynasty, 10th - 11th century 

  • Gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin

    height: 27.2cm


    Tang dynasty (618 - 907

    Tang, 1987

  • Pair of wood figures of standing Bodhisattvas

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Pair of wood figures of standing Bodhisattvas

    Height: 141.2cm and 140.0cm


    Song dynasty, 10th century

    Now in the British Museum, London 

  • Bronze, gold and jade cup

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Bronze, gold and jade cup

    Height: 12.8cm

     

    Early Western Han period, 2nd century BC

  • Archaic bonze bell (nao)

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Archaic bonze bell (nao)

    Height: 47.0cm


    Shang period, 12th -- 11th century BC 

  • Bronze horse with polychrome decoration

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Bronze horse with polychrome decoration

    Height: 120.0cm, Length: 124.0cm

     
    Han dynasty (206BC - AD 220)

    Now in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

  • Bronze Figural Oil-lamp

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Bronze Figural Oil-lamp

    Height: 23.4cm

    Han dynasty 206 BC - 220 AD
    Sculpture & Ornament, 1996

    The kneeling man who supports the tray to hold the oil is modelled with great realism for a Han period bronze.  Both his physical appearance and his costume indicate that he is from one of the minority groups - perhaps the Xiongnu in the north - living a more or less autonomous existence on the borders of China
     

  • Bronze tube inlaid in Gold and Silver

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Bronze tube inlaid in Gold and Silver

    Height: 26.5cm

    Western Han period, late second - early first century BC 
    Inlaid Bronze and related material, 1991

    This simple tubular fitting is lavishly inlaid in gold and silver with a huge menagerie of recognizable animals, as well as more imaginative spirit figures.  It records auspicious omens (xiangrui) directly identifiable with many of these animals and figures who act as intermediaries and means of communication between heaven and earth - a belief widely held in the Western Han period.

  • Wood figure of a seated Bodhisattva

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Wood figure of a seated Bodhisattva

    Height: 96.0cm

     
    Northern Song - Jin dynasty, 12th - 13th century

    Sculpture and ornament in early Chinese art, 1996

  • Wood figure of Guanyin

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Wood figure of Guanyin

    Height: 66.0cm


    Jin dynasty, 1115 - 1234

    Ancient Chinese sculpture from the Alsdorf collection and others, 1990, catalogue no. 23 

  • Gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin

    Height: 30.8cm

     
    Tang dynasty, dated AD 51

    Chinese works of art from the Stoclet collection, 2003, catalogue no. 13
     

    The Stoclet collection was one of the most celebrated of those formed in the twentieth century.  It encompassed many different cultures - Chinese works of art, Old Master European paintings and Medieval works of art to name but a few - and was housed in the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, the masterpiece of the 'Viennese Secessionist' architect, Josef Hoffmann.  Eskenazi have sold many pieces from the collection over the course of thirty years.
     

  • Gilt-bronze dragon

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Gilt-bronze dragon

    Length: 46.5cm


    Western Han period, 2nd - 1st century BC 

    A selection of early Chinese bronzes, 2006, catalogue no. 6

     

  • Marble Stele with a Central Figure of Buddha Sākyamuni

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Marble Stele with a Central Figure of Buddha Sākyamuni

    Height: 119.0cm, Width: 63.0cm

    Northern Qi Period, 549 - 577
    Early Chinese Art from Tombs and Temples, 1989

    This sculptural group, carved both on the front and the reverse, is beautifully carved in the finest white micaceous marble.  The iconography of the stele, with Buddha Sākyamuni flanked by attendants and Bodhisattvas on the front and a meditating figure of Maitreya on the reverse, found a special favour in the Northern Qi period.  Most unusually, the present carving still retains much of its original pigments.
     

  • A Sancai-glazed Earthenware Zodiac figure of a Horse

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    A Sancai-glazed Earthenware Zodiac figure of a Horse

    Height: 22.2cm

    Tang dynasty, 618 - 907 AD
    Tang ceramic sculptor, 2001

    Whether eleven other zodiac figures originally accompanied this piece or it was buried in the tomb of one who was born in the year of the horse as a 'one off' will never be known.  However, the extraordinary sensitive modelling and luminous glazing are not equalled in any of the other Tang zodiac figures so far known.

  • Marble figure of a lokapala

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Marble figure of a lokapala

    Height: 122.0cm

     
    Tang dynasty, 618 - 907

    Chinese Buddhist figures, 2004, catalogue no. 3

     

  • Gilt-bronze figure of Buddha

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Gilt-bronze figure of Buddha

    Height: 61.5cm

     

    Ming dynasty, dated 1506

    Chinese Buddhist sculpture from Northern Wei to Ming, 2002, catalogue no. 15

  • Falconer & Horse

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Falconer & Horse

    Length: 24.8cm

    13th century
    Classical Paintings, 2009

    The clothes worn by the groom in this painting, as well as his neat beard and mustache, suggest Central Asian that he represents a central Asian.  The large peregrine falcon on his wrist was probably used to hunt swans.

  • Porcelain Pillow in the shape of a Reclining Boy, Ding Ware

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Porcelain Pillow in the shape of a Reclining Boy, Ding Ware

    Length: 20cm

    Northern Song, 960 - 1127 AD
    Song; Chinese Ceramics, 2003

    The subject matter of young boys at play or rest was popular in Song ceramics and associated with the theme of fertility and the wish for numerous sons.  The depiction of boys with lotus flowers or leaves forms the rebus lian zi, or 'successive sons'.

  • Blue and White Porcelain Jar

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Blue and White Porcelain Jar

    Height: 33.3cm

    Blue and White Porcelain Jar (Guan) Painted with a Narrative Scene
    Yuan dynasty, mid 14th century

    Blue and white porcelain - the painting of diluted cobalt oxide on to porcelain and covering it with a transparent shiny glaze - was a development of the Yuan dynasty.  The technique was rapidly perfected as witnessed by the beautifully drawn and complex scene on this vase.  It shows a story from Warring States history concerning a conflict between the states of Yan and Qi.

    Image thanks to Christie's

  • Black and Red Lacquer Dish

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Black and Red Lacquer Dish

    Diameter: 56.8cm

    Wanli mark and of the period, 1573 - 1619
    Chinese Works of Art and Furniture, 1998

    This large dish is carved in varied tones of red and black lacquer with Shou Lao, the god of longevity, standing on a veranda with two attendants and looking out at Eight Daoist Immortals (Ba Xian) with whom he is frequently associated.

  • Imperial spinach-green jade water buffalo, on gilt-bronze stand

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Imperial spinach-green jade water buffalo, on gilt-bronze stand

    Lenght: 20.8cm

    Qian long mark and of the period, 1736 - 1795

    This exceptional carving is of the finest green colour with inclusions which are almost emerald in tone.  Formerly in the collection of the Earl of Yarborough, it was hidden from sight in a bank vault for some sixty years before appearing on the market once again.

  • A magnificent and highly important ruby-ground famille-rose porcelain vase

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    A magnificent and highly important ruby-ground famille-rose porcelain vase

    Height: 37.5cm

    Qianlong mark and of the period, 1736 - 1795

    This superb vase demonstrates to perfection the extraordinarily high artistic and technical levels reached in the ceramic production of the early and middle years of Qianlong.
    The enamels are brilliantly coloured, delicately painted and contrasted in unusual combinations. The ruby ground of this particular vase is finely etched with curling fronds, giving an almost imperceptible texture that subtly catches the light.

  • Limestone figure of a standing Buddha

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Limestone figure of a standing Buddha

    Height: 140.0 cm

     

    Sui or early Tang dynasty, early 7th century

  • Falangcai porcelain pear-shaped vase (yuhuchun ping)

    Past Highlights

    A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.

    Falangcai porcelain pear-shaped vase (yuhuchun ping)

    Height: 30.0cm

     

    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign mark and of the period, 1723-1735.

    In an exhibition of masterpieces, perhaps this vase stood out amongst the others.  It was made during the Yongzheng reign.  The dragon vase was decorated in the enamelling workshop in Beijing, rather than in the south in Jingdezhen.  It was decorated in a colour, puce, one of the 'foreign colours' or falangcai that had only recently been perfected in China after instruction by the Jesuits at the Imperial court.  From the records it seems very likely that this  was presented personally to the Emperor for his approval and that he commended it.