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Over 1000 antique Ceramics Over 200 Years Old

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Chinese blue and white ovoid jar, Chongzhen period
Chinese blue and white ovoid jar, Chongzhen period Ref: W304
Chinese blue and white ovoid jar, Chongzhen period (1628-1644), on a
straight foot and rising to a short, slightly flared upright neck, painted
around the exterior in washy cobalt tones with scholars in a rocky landscape
with plantains and bamboo all between incised scrolling floral borders;
height: 15.8 cm. ( 6 3/16in.), condition: neatly repaired shallow chip to
rim and a very short fine hair-crack to rim sealed; height: 15.8 cm. ( 6
3/16in.),

Literati scholars had been figures of transformation, self-expression and
moral virtuosity since the Song dynasty. Free from the confines of artistic
schools and the necessity of making a living through their work, these
figures considered themselves ideal observers of the workings of moral law
in nature. Thus, representations on porcelain of scholars within landscapes,
removed from society and the political intrigues of court, were common. They
were also often associated with bamboo, as the plant, which can bend with
the wind but never breaks, represents moral integrity and unbreakable
principles. During the political upheaval of the late Ming and early Qing,
literati-themed wares became popular, as the notions of traditional value
and stability associated with the ancient scholars offered a connection to
an idealised past.

Provenance: The Martin Robert Morland CMG (1933-2020) collection, friend of
fellow collector Sir Michael Butler. Purchased from Gordon Hand, London on
14th May 1975.



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Price: 9,000.00




Chinese Longquan celadon dish, Ming dynasty (1368-
Chinese Longquan celadon dish, Ming dynasty (1368- Ref: JB68
Chinese Longquan celadon dish, Ming dynasty (1368-1626), decorated to the centre with an incised lotus head and scrolling foliage to the rim, diameter: 13 3/16 in. (33.4 cm.); condition: minor glaze faults.

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Silver inlaid bronze belt hook, Daigou, Warring St
Silver inlaid bronze belt hook, Daigou, Warring St Ref: J131
Silver inlaid bronze belt hook, Daigou, Warring States Period (480-222 BC), the slender shaft decorated with silver sheet and wire inlay forming four horizontal lines and two spearhead scrolls at the centre, terminating in a tapering dragon's head hook, the reverse with a disc-shaped knop for attachment, with malachite encrustation, length 12.7cm.

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Price: 2,200.00




Chinese lacquered wooden box,  late Ming, early 17
Chinese lacquered wooden box, late Ming, early 17 Ref: K278
Chinese lacquered wooden box, late Ming, early 17th century, decorated on the lid with four ladies and a child on a terrace, with trees issuing from rockwork, all within a black framework with gilt panels of flowers on a hatched background; the front portion with a man seated on a terrace with three ladies standing and five attendants with trees issuing from rockwork, all within a black framework with gilt panels of flowers on a hatched background, the foot with panels of flowers in gilt on a red background, the end panels of flowers on a red background within a black framework with gilt panels of flowers on a hatched background with square metal handles, the back decorated with a lily, width: 17 3/16in. 43.4cm. height: 10 1/4in. 26cm., depth: 11 1/4in. 28.5cm. condition: wear to corners and some edges

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Price: 1,250.00




Chinese pottery jar, Tang dynasty (618-906), with
Chinese pottery jar, Tang dynasty (618-906), with Ref: R35
Chinese pottery jar, Tang dynasty (618-906), with a fine amber coloured glaze covering half of the finely grained body, height:10 in., 25.4 cm. Provenance: from the Henry Ginsburg Collection; Ginsburg (1940-2007), an author and lecturer, was the curator of the Thai and Cambodian collections at the British Library.

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Price: 1,800.00




Chinese circular bronze mirror, Han dynasty (206BC
Chinese circular bronze mirror, Han dynasty (206BC Ref: V385
Chinese circular bronze mirror, Han dynasty (206BC-220AD), the centre with a hemispherical knob, with bands of dogtooth decoration, diameter: 3 13/16in., 9.7cm. For a similar one see the British Museum catalogue number 1920,0218.1.

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Price: 1,800.00




Chinese bronze figure of Bodhisattva, Ming dynasty
Chinese bronze figure of Bodhisattva, Ming dynasty Ref: V428
Chinese bronze figure of Bodhisattva, Ming dynasty (1368-1626), seated in dhyanasana holding a cup in the left hand, dressed in flowing robes and wearing elaborate jewellery, the figure's face with downcast eyes, the hair in knotted plaits and topknot, the elaborate tiara centred by a figure of Amitabha Buddha; height: 8 1/4in. 21cm, condition: missing finger on right hand

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Price: 3,800.00




Chinese blue and white kraak charger, Wanli (1573-
Chinese blue and white kraak charger, Wanli (1573- Ref: X462
Chinese blue and white kraak charger, Wanli (1573-1619), decorated in the centre with a hanging basket containing flowers, lychees and pomegranates, the rim with eight compartments with alternate panels containing a phoenix, precious objects and fruit (possibly peach), diameter: 20 in. 51cm. condition: portion of rim broken and restored to a high standard.

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Chinese blue and white Kraak charger, Wanli (1573-
Chinese blue and white Kraak charger, Wanli (1573- Ref: Y145
Chinese blue and white Kraak charger, Wanli (1573-1619), decorated in the centre with peonies and rockwork issuing from a hanging basket with protruding roots, within a border decorated with ruyi heads, the rim with eight alternating panels containing branches bearing fruit and auspicious objects, diameter: 19 3/4in. 50 cm; condition: neatly restored break to rim, slight warping.

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Price: 3,800.00




Chinese Longquan celadon dish, Ming dynasty (1368-
Chinese Longquan celadon dish, Ming dynasty (1368- Ref: U235
Chinese Longquan celadon dish, Ming dynasty (1368-1626), with foliate rim, with incised decoration of a peony spray and scrolling foliage, diameter: 11 1/8in., 28.3cm; condition: small glaze fault.

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Price: 2,600.00




Chinese blue and white dish, Wanli mark and period
Chinese blue and white dish, Wanli mark and period Ref: U248
Chinese blue and white dish, Wanli mark and period (1573-1619), decorated in the centre with a scholar and his attendants beside a gushing rover and below fruiting branches, with Shoulao riding a crane above, the border with shou characters and a garland of scrolling lingzhi, the reverse with flower sprays and six-character mark within a double circle, diameter: 6 13/16in., 17.2cm; condition: fritting to rim.

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Price: 14,500.00




Chinese gilt-lacquer bronze figure of the Daoist d
Chinese gilt-lacquer bronze figure of the Daoist d Ref: U251
Chinese gilt-lacquer bronze figure of the Daoist deity Wenchang Wang, late Ming (1368-1626), seated upon a raised stand, holding a hu-tablet in front of his chest, wearing layered robes, height: 9 1/4in., 23.5cm. Wenchang Wang is the Daoist god of literature and culture.

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Price: 8,200.00




Chinese gold and silver inlaid bronze belt hook, H
Chinese gold and silver inlaid bronze belt hook, H Ref: U329
Chinese gold and silver inlaid bronze belt hook, Han dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.), the slender rounded shaft decorated with gold and silver sheet wire inlay forming geometric motifs between horizontal lines, below a tapering dragon's head hook, the reverse with a flat knop for attachment, length: 4in., 10.2cm; condition: chip to knop.

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Price: 2,200.00




Chinese blue and white kraak double-gourd vase, Wa
Chinese blue and white kraak double-gourd vase, Wa Ref: U438
Chinese blue and white kraak double-gourd vase, Wanli (1573-1619), the lower gourd decorated with shaped cartouches containing flowers issuing from, separated by horses flying above cloudscrolls, the upper gourd with panels containing jardinières and branches of fruit, the neck decorated with stiff leaves, height: 11 3/4in. (30cm); condition: frits to rim, drill hole to base neatly restored. For a similar example see the Victoria and Albert Museum, No. C.1869-1921.

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Price: 3,500.00




Small Chinese blue and white 'Hatcher Cargo' bottl
Small Chinese blue and white 'Hatcher Cargo' bottl Ref: U571
Small Chinese blue and white 'Hatcher Cargo' bottle vase, Shunzhi period (1644-46), decorated with a spray of lotus and convolvulus to the body separated by berries and leaves, the neck with bamboo and leaves above a ring of lappets, height: 7 ½ in. (19 cm.); condition:. Provenance: From the Hatcher Collection; sold at Christie's Amsterdam 12-13th June 1984. The Hatcher Cargo (1643-1646) was recovered from the wreck of a Chinese junk in the South China seas port of Batavia (today Jakarta), where Chinese cargoes were transhipped to Dutch East Indiamen for their journey to Europe. In 1983 Captain Michael Hatcher and his crew brought up around 25,000 pieces of unbroken porcelain from the Hatcher junk, many of which were sold at Christies Amsterdam. A date for the cargo was established by the existence in the find of two pieces with the Chinese cyclical date of 1643. For a similar vase see Sheaf, Colin and Kilburn, Richard, ‘The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes: The Complete Record’, (Christie’s Ltd. 1988), p. 56, pl. 72.

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Price: 2,200.00




Small Chinese blue and white 'Hatcher Cargo' bottl
Small Chinese blue and white 'Hatcher Cargo' bottl Ref: U571A
Small Chinese blue and white 'Hatcher Cargo' bottle vase, Shunzhi period (1644-46), decorated with floral sprays to the body separated by grass and sprigs of bamboo, the neck with sprays of fine leaves and foliage above a band of scrollwork, with Christie's label to base, height: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.); condition:. Provenance: From the Hatcher Collection; sold at Christie's Amsterdam 12-13th June 1984. The Hatcher Cargo (1643-1646) was recovered from the wreck of a Chinese junk in the South China seas port of Batavia (today Jakarta), where Chinese cargoes were transhipped to Dutch East Indiamen for their journey to Europe. In 1983 Captain Michael Hatcher and his crew brought up around 25,000 pieces of unbroken porcelain from the Hatcher junk, many of which were sold at Christies Amsterdam. A date for the cargo was established by the existence in the find of two pieces with the Chinese cyclical date of 1643. For a similar vase see Sheaf, Colin and Kilburn, Richard, ‘The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes: The Complete Record’, (Christie’s Ltd. 1988), p. 56, pl. 72.

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Price: 2,200.00




Small Chinese 'cizhou' russet-splashed black-glaze
Small Chinese 'cizhou' russet-splashed black-glaze Ref: U669
Small Chinese 'cizhou' russet-splashed black-glazed jar, Song dynasty height: 4 ? in. (11 cm.); condition: Provenance: From the Morpugo Collection.

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Price: 1,800.00




Chinese lobed celadon charger, Ming dynasty  (1368
Chinese lobed celadon charger, Ming dynasty (1368 Ref: U677
Chinese lobed celadon charger, Ming dynasty (1368-1626), with incised decoration and horses and ruyi to the centre, diameter: 13 1/2 in. (34.4 cm.)

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Price: 5,800.00




Large Chinese kraak dish, WanlI (1573-1619), decor
Large Chinese kraak dish, WanlI (1573-1619), decor Ref: U734
Large Chinese kraak dish, WanlI (1573-1619), decorated in the centre with a jardiniere of flowers on a stand within a fenced garden, the wide rim with alternating panels of a fruiting branch or precious emblems interspersed by pendant tassels, diameter: 19 1/4 in. (48.5 cm), condition: rivetted area to rim, burst glaze bubble all neatly restored

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Price: 3,800.00




Chinese blue and white transitional baluster vase
Chinese blue and white transitional baluster vase Ref: U777
Chinese blue and white transitional baluster vase and cover, circa 1640, the body decorated with a narrative scene of an official accompanied by a bannerman and two further attendants meeting another dignitary proffering gifts among plants within a mountainous setting with cloudscrolls, the neck with a lappet border, the cover with a pagoda amongst trees in a mountainous landscape height: 11 in. (28 cm.); condition: the cover restored, hairline to lower body

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Price: 6,200.00




Chinese blue and white transitional jar, circa 165
Chinese blue and white transitional jar, circa 165 Ref: U783
Chinese blue and white transitional jar, circa 1650, the body decorated with a continuous scene of two birds flying above foliate sprays of flowers and bamboo issuing from rockwork amidst insects and beneath clouds beneath a band of lappets to the neck, height: 10 3/4in. (27.5 cm.); condition: chip to rim. for a similarly decorated jar see, Feng-Chun MA, ‘Chinese Porcelain from the Wanli to Kangxi Period’, p. 102, no. 46.

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Price: 7,500.00




Chinese blue and white transitional jar, circa 165
Chinese blue and white transitional jar, circa 165 Ref: U784
Chinese blue and white transitional jar, circa 1650, the body decorated with a continuous scene of floral sprays and grasses, with lappets to the neck; height: 10 3/4in. (27.5 cm.), condition: small chip to rim neatly restored

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Price: 5,500.00




Chinese small Longquan celadon brush washer, South
Chinese small Longquan celadon brush washer, South Ref: U808
Chinese small Longquan celadon brush washer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279), covered in a sea-green glaze, the spreading sides , slightly everted at the rim, rising from a tapered foot; diameter: 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm.); condition: (small frit to footrim). Provenance: Bluett label to base. For a similar example see the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, No. FE.180-1974.

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Price: 8,800.00




Small finely cast bronze incense burner, late Ming
Small finely cast bronze incense burner, late Ming Ref: U882
Small finely cast bronze incense burner, late Ming, the compressed globular body rising from a spreading shallow foot to an everted rim, the sides with two opposing lion-head handles cast in high relief, the base with an apocryphal kaishu inscription in a recessed panel translated as reading Daming Xuande wunian jiandu gongbu guanchen Wu Bangzuo zao (‘Made for the Board of Works under the Supervision of Wu Bangzuo in the Fifth Year of Xuande’). The patina of a soft variegated brown. Diameter: 6 ¼ in. (15.5 cm.) Weight: approx. 720g. This was a popular mark during the Ming dynasty. For a related example, see Paul Moss and Gerard Hawthorn, The Second Bronze Age. Later Chinese Metalwork. Sydney Moss Ltd., London, 1991, cat. no. 46. See also a bronze incense burner stand with this inscription from the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection.
For a related example, see Paul Moss and Gerard Hawthorn, The Second Bronze Age. Later Chinese Metalwork. Sydney Moss Ltd., London, 1991, cat. no. 46. See also a bronze incense burner stand with this inscription from the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection

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Chinese blue and white kraak lobed dish, Wanli (15
Chinese blue and white kraak lobed dish, Wanli (15 Ref: U885
Chinese blue and white kraak lobed dish, Wanli (1573-1603) decorated in the centre with a basket of flowers, the moulded cavetto with roundels flowers, fruit, vases and precious objects, interspersed by ruyi; diameter: 8 in. (20.2 cm.); condition: minor frits, two chips to rim. Provenance: with a Bluett & Sons label to the base.

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Price: 1,200.00




Chinese wucai transitional vase and cover, 17th ce
Chinese wucai transitional vase and cover, 17th ce Ref: U930
Chinese wucai transitional vase and cover, 17th century, brightly decorated with tall mountain peaks against a background of iron-red whorls with auspicious emblems and dotted with prunus flowerheads, the base and shoulders with a peony foliate scroll, below a band of lappets to the neck, the domed cover similarly decorated with pear shape finial; height: 12 ½ in. (31.7 cm.) ; condition: restoration to cover, chips and two hairlines to rim.

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Price: 3,500.00




Chinese kraak blue and white bottle vase, Wanli (1
Chinese kraak blue and white bottle vase, Wanli (1 Ref: W153
Chinese kraak blue and white bottle vase, Wanli (1573-1619), decorated with 5 vertical panels of stylised flowers, height: 23.5cm. (9 1/4in.), condition: firing fault to the body and small scratch to inner rim

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Price: 1,950.00




Chinese blue and white molded kendi, Wanli (1573-1
Chinese blue and white molded kendi, Wanli (1573-1 Ref: W277
Chinese blue and white molded kendi, Wanli (1573-1619), with star-shaped rim and molded leaf decoration to the bulbous body, decorated to the lower half with raised panels of pomegranate pattern, chrysanthemum heads and foliate designs, the neck with scrollwork, tassels and ruyi heads, height: condition: spout missing, damage to moulded decoration, chips to rim

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Price: 2,800.00




Chinese blue and white kraak bottle vase, Wanli (1
Chinese blue and white kraak bottle vase, Wanli (1 Ref: W344
Chinese blue and white kraak bottle vase, Wanli (1575-1619), decorated to the body with panels containing floral sprays and tasselled precious objects, a band of ruyi heads to the mid-section, further panels of tassels and dots to the neck and rim, height: 27cm. (10 5/8 in.), condition:faint hair line to the neck. Kraakware was produced in Jingdezhen from around 1580; with a light body ideal for transport, it was produced almost entirely for export to Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

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Price: 1,800.00




A moulded and carved Longquan celadon 'dragon' dis
A moulded and carved Longquan celadon 'dragon' dis Ref: W347
A moulded and carved Longquan celadon 'dragon' dish, early Ming dynasty, 13th - 14th century, the heavily potted dish relief-decorated at the centre with a writhing four-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl, enclosed by an incised wave design at the cavetto below the everted, flattened rim, the exterior carved with a series of ribs to the sides, all beneath a rich green glaze, diameter c. 35.5 cm (14in.)
Provenance: From a private Swedish collection, purchased during the early 20th century.


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Price: 16,000.00




A Junyao shallow dish, Song Dynasty (960 -1279), t
A Junyao shallow dish, Song Dynasty (960 -1279), t Ref: W348
A Junyao shallow dish, Song Dynasty (960 -1279), the flat body gently rounding upwards at the rim, covered inside and out with a glaze of even greenish-olive tone thinning at the rim, inside of foot glazed, marked with label 'Bluett & Sons, London', diameter: 15 cm (5 7/8in.). condition:
Provenance: From the collection of the Principal Sture Nydell (1891-1986) and his wife, Valborg Nydell (1905-2003). The dish was purchased at an auction in 1964 at Sotheby's, London, earlier in the collection of Mrs R Colin Smith.

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