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Chinese carved wooden statue of Guan Yin, Qing or earlier
Chinese carved wooden statue of Guan Yin, Qing dynasty or earlier. Height: 30 inches = 75 cm. Base: 12 x 8 inches = 30 cm x 20 cm. Weight: 35 lb. = 15.75 kg. Provenance: bought at the auction in USA, from a big US collection of Oriental antiques. Condition: Overall condition is good for the age, with original paint. The paint is partially lost throughout the statue. Right hand, including fingers and wrist, was damaged during transportation and then professionally restored. Low Estimate: 4000; High Estimate: 12000; Original: Yes; Eternity Gallery
Islamic bronze mirror, Kufic inscriptions, 12-13th c
Antique early Islamic bronze mirror, Eastern Anatolia, 12-13 c CE. Antique early Islamic bronze mirror with 2 symmetrical sphinxes and inscriptions around Weight: 8 oz. = 220 g; Diameter: 4.25 inches = 10.6 cm = 106 mm; Knob: 7 mm with hole, open all the way through; Provenance: Ex Gibbons collection by inheritance in UK; acquired before 1990; Condition: old natural patina all over; Language: Kufic language; References: http://www.antiques.com/classified/1065041/Antique-Seljuk-Bronze-Mirror---FZ-289; $6,000; Seljuk Bronze Mirror - FZ.289, Origin: Central Asia, Circa: 11 th Century AD to 12 th Century AD, Dimensions: 4.375" (11.1cm) high, Collection: Islamic Art, Style: Seljuk, Medium: Bronze. In the 9th century, hordes of nomadic Turkic horseman living on the outskirts of the Muslim world began to migrate westward into the heart of Central Asia. By the 10 century, a branch known as the House of Seljuk had broken off from the Oghuz confederation of Turkomen tribesmen, arrived into mainland Persia, and settled in the province of Khurasan. Overtime, the Seljuks converted to Islam and began to adopt the Persian language and culture. In the 11th century, the Seljuks set up an independent state under their leader Tugrul Bey with its capital in Isfahan, initially under the auspices of the Abbasid Caliph in Baghdad. The arts thrived during the Seljuk period as the Turkic rulers patronized Persian culture, arts, and literature. Condition old natural patina and some wear all over; no defects. Low Estimate: 8000; High Estimate: 15000; Original: Yes; Circa: 1200; Eternity Gallery
European Antique Porcelain Figurines: Hussar and Lady
European Antique Porcelain Figurines: Hussar and Lady Height: 17 = 42.5 cm Base: 14 x 11 = 35 cm x 27.5 cm Weight: approximately 8-10 lb. Condition: good, there are several repaired cracks: hand and foot of the man. There is a long crack at the back, which was professionally fixed. Country: France? Austria?   Low Estimate: 2000 High Estimate: 4000 Original: Yes Eternity Gallery
Jin Dyn (1115-1234) Chinese Bronze mirror,- Double Carp
Jin Dyn (1115-1234) Authentic Chinese Bronze mirror Double Carp Design. Jin Dynasty, 1115-1234. Diameter: 4 7/8 inches = 124 mm; Weight: 10 oz. = 240 g; Rim: raised: Mirror surface: concave: Knob 7 mm high, a hole is not visible because of oxidized metal: Inner section: 4 dragons, eating nipples. Metal: white bronze, nice patina: Double carp design. Double fish design was one of the auspicious symbols in use from the Han dynasty onwards. Among these, the carp, thought to transform into a dragon, carried a particular congratulatory meaning. It is usually combined with a lotus and scrollwork background to imply the water in which the fish swim. Examples of this design exist from the Jin, Yuan and Ming dynasties. Condition: White bronze, nice patina, no defects; Low Estimate: 2000; High Estimate: 10000; Original: Yes; Eternity Gallery
Chinese porcelain fish bowl, Qianlong Emperor 1711-1799
Chinese Masterpiece, Famille Rose, porcelain fish bowl, Qianlong Emperor Period Made. Magnificent fish bowl, on a matching wooden stand, with a lot of hand-painted decorations. Mark: Da Qing Qianlong Nian Zhi "Great Qing Qianlong Period Made": 25 September 1711 7 February 1799. The style of writing of Qing reign marks varies, but can be separated into two broad divisions within which there are further sub-divisions. In the first division written in 'kai-shu' (regular or modern script), the mark consists of six characters written in two columns of three characters. It is read from right to left and in descending order. The first character reads 'da' (great), followed by 'qing' (pure), the official name of the alien Manchu dynasty. This is followed by the two characters giving the reign title of the ruling emperor. The fifth character reads 'nian' (year) and the final character reads 'zhi' (made/manufactured). Composition outside: Highly embellished and decorated Famille Rose fish bowl. First composition: Emperor Palace with Emperor Family and nobility. Second composition: Ceremonial greeting in Emperor Palace of Emperor Family and nobility. Two garden scenes between two compositions, with two birds, butterflies and flowers. Painting inside: depicts 5 golden fish, swimming between sea grasses. The two gold fish are usually shown head to head and represent fertility as fish produce many offspring. They are one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. The Chinese words for goldfish are identical with the two words meaning "Gold and Abundance" therefore many Chinese keep goldfish at their homes or in ponds in temple gardens. Fish in Chinese sounds like the word for "Abundance and Affluence" so the fish symbolizes wealth. Fish shown with a lotus blossom symbolize "Year after Year may you live in Affluence". Dimensions: Upper Diameter opening: 14.5 inches = 36.2 cm; Lower base diameter: 9.6 inches = 24 cm; Height: 12.8 inches = 32 cm; Height of the bowl on the stand: 20 inches = 50 cm; Weight: 18 lb. = 8.1 kg; Authenticity report: There are a lot of details, which support the age of Qianlong Emperor (1711 -1799): 1) A red six characters, hand-painted with thin brush (lines have different intensity) say that this vase was produced during the rule of Qianlong Emperor. 2) Light colors (white, pink, yellow) have a lot of natural crackles. 3) Generally the colors are somewhat dull, which reflects the influence of the age. 4) There is a strong aura of old antique masterpiece, which is irresistable. Provenance: Originally the Famille Rose porcelain fish bowl was a part the collection (1950-1970) of old antique dealer in New York, who passed away about 40 years ago. Approximately 35 years ago the whole collection was brought to Florida by his successor, where Eternity Gallery purchased the bowl. References: 1) Masterpieces from the collection of the Shanghai Museum. Exhibition Sovereign Splendour in Gemeentemuseum The Hague. http://www.flickr.com/photos/54576605@N00/5703078546/ Condition Overall very good condition. Natural wear of the rim of the base. Generally the colors are somewhat dull, which reflects the influence of the age. Low Estimate: 10000 High Estimate: 50000 Eternity Gallery
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