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A selection of some of the most interesting and noteworthy objects handled by Eskenazi Ltd, throughout the last fifty years.
Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368 - 98)
Ancient Chinese bronze vessels, gilt bronzes and early ceramics, 1973
Now at the Matsuoka Museum of Art, Tokyo
height: 68.0cm, Length: 76.3cm
Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Western Zhou period, 11th - 10th century BC
Now in the Rietberg Museum, Zurich
Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period (1736 - 95)
Western Han period, 2nd - 1st century BC
Sculpture and ornament in early Chinese art, 1996, catalogue no. 6
Liao dynasty, 10th - 11th century
Tang dynasty (618 - 907
Height: 141.2cm and 140.0cm
Song dynasty, 10th century
Now in the British Museum, London
Early Western Han period, 2nd century BC
Shang period, 12th -- 11th century BC
Height: 120.0cm, Length: 124.0cm
Han dynasty (206BC - AD 220)
Now in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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
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.
Northern Song - Jin dynasty, 12th - 13th century
Sculpture and ornament in early Chinese art, 1996
Jin dynasty, 1115 - 1234
Ancient Chinese sculpture from the Alsdorf collection and others, 1990, catalogue no. 23
Tang dynasty, dated AD 51
Chinese works of art from the Stoclet collection, 2003, catalogue no. 13
Western Han period, 2nd - 1st century BC
A selection of early Chinese bronzes, 2006, catalogue no. 6
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.
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.
Tang dynasty, 618 - 907
Chinese Buddhist figures, 2004, catalogue no. 3
Ming dynasty, dated 1506
Chinese Buddhist sculpture from Northern Wei to Ming, 2002, catalogue no. 15
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.
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 (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
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.
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.
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.
Height: 140.0 cm
Sui or early Tang dynasty, early 7th century
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