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Category: Snuff Bottles

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    No Reserve Single Owner Los Angeles Collector, Session II

    In ancient China, powdered tobacco was widely used as a treatment for mild illness. This tobacco was stored in snuff bottles. In the 18th century, these bottles appeared as a status symbol and were manufactured at a much greater volume for the public. The second session of the Single Owner…

    Chinese Carnelian Covered Box
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    No Reserve Single Owner Los Angeles Collector, Session I

    The production of porcelain decorative art reached its height during the Chinese Ming dynasty. These porcelain pieces, particularly moon flasks, were often made in a traditional style. Moon flasks were mainly designed with symbolic floral motifs that reflected the passing seasons. A blue-glazed moon flask vase is among the highlights…

    Chinese Enameled Porcelain Covered Container
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    The Hundred Antiques: Fine and Decorative

    The fahua glaze was developed in the early 13th century during the Yuan dynasty. This low-temperature glaze is used to create shades of blue, green, yellow, purple, and white. Known for its aesthetics, fahua remains a popular glaze for Chinese ceramics. A pair of fahua-glazed figures of seated lions is…

    AN UNUSUAL POLYCHROME OVERLAY GLASS CHILONG BELT BUCKLE
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    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    A Chinese hu is a pear-shaped wine vessel with a swollen body flaring into a narrow neck. Author Jenny So documents the evolution of the vessel in Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. III. According to So, hu vessels were made from the end of the 8th century…

    A GILT REPOUSSÉ BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA
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    Showplace Antique + Design Center Offers Asian Art in its New York City Estate Auction

    Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) was the longest-reigning emperor of China. One of the cornerstones of his tenure was the rejuvenation of porcelain manufacturing. He oversaw the reopening of imperial factories, which had been dormant for 60 years. Featured in the New York City Estate Auction, presented by Showplace Antique + Design…

    Durand Feathered Art Glass Vase
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    Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art

    The Khasa Malla kingdom, ruled by the Malla family of Nepal, can be traced back to the 11th century. Although the existence of the Khasa Malla kingdom was long known to historians, its artworks were discovered only during the mid-20th century. The first Khasa Malla artwork was found by researcher…

    A TURQUOISE AND GOLD MOONEATER (CHEPPU)
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    Samurai Armor and Korean Porcelain to Highlight Bonhams Auction

    The simplicity of white porcelain caught the eye of Korea’s aristocracy and upper class in the 15th century. Demand became so high for the porcelain that makers eventually sprouted up across the peninsula. Several examples of these pieces are available in the upcoming Fine Japanese and Korean Art auction, presented…

    KAWASE HASUI (1883-1957)
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    Chinese and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    An Imperial folding fan from the Qianlong period will be offered in the upcoming Chinese and Southeast Asian Works of Art auction, presented by Hindman. The fan was created for the Qianlong emperor of the 18th century by three artisans of the Imperial cabinet: Ji Yun, Liang Shizheng, and Qian…

    A Russet and Pale Celadon Jade 'Chilong' Rhyton Cup Height 5 3-4 in., 14.6 cm.
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    Important Chinese Art

    One featured item of the upcoming Important Chinese Art auction, offered by Sotheby’s, is a gold, silver, and glass-embellished bronze vessel from the Warring States period. The piece was likely created for a royal patron. Due to its uncommon style, the auction house indicates that the method for its creation…

    A FINE GREEN-ENAMELED DRAGON JAR AND COVER, JIAQING SEAL MARK AND PERIOD
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    Indian, Himalayan, Southeast Asian Works Of Art

    Avalokiteśvara is a bodhisattva (a being committed to attaining Buddhahood) who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. One of the noteworthy lots at the upcoming Indian, Himalayan, Southeast Asian Works of Art auction, presented by Sotheby’s, is a gilt copper figure of Avalokiteśvara from 9th or 10th-century Nepal. The bodhisattva…

    A GILT COPPER FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA, NEPAL, 9TH/10TH CENTURY
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    Japanese and Korean Art

    Before Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave print became an international sensation, it was just one part of a series exploring the capacity of Japanese landscape art. Hokusai was an ukiyo-e woodblock print artist active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During his long career, Hokusai constantly experimented with…

    AN IRON SOMEN (FULL FACE MASK)
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    Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art

    Maitreya is a bodhisattva who, according to Buddhist beliefs, will return to Earth from the heavens when the Buddhist teachings are neglected. The promise of Maitreya's return and his ability to restore order inspired many to join religious movements dedicated to the bodhisattva in China around the Tang period. A…

    A SHADOW AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
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    Los Angeles Collection | No Reserve

    The Kangxi emperor was among the most prominent Chinese emperors of the Manchu Qing dynasty. The imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, overlooked for almost 60 years, were reopened during his reign. With the help of Jesuit missionaries, the emperor introduced new technologies to manufacture commercial and imperial porcelain. Kangxi-period porcelain especially…

    Chinese Doucai Porcelain Vase
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    Asian Art, Antiques & Estates

    Amedeo Simonetti was a famous Italian painter known for his Orientalist paintings. The watercolors completed by his uncle, Ettore Simonetti, served as inspiration for the artist's compositions. Simonetti later went on to study at the Accademia di San Luca and learned the techniques of en plein air painting. The Eastern scenes depicted…

    Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Brush Pot
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    Los Angeles Collection | Single Owner

    A gu vessel is a Chinese container that was used for wine or ritual offerings during the Shang and Zhou dynasties. The tall and slim vessels have a flared and tapered base and a wider mouth. The high stem cups used during the Neolithic age were an inspiration for the…

    Chinese Enameled Porcelain Covered Jar
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    Asian Works of Art

    A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals’ upcoming Asian Works of Art auction will particularly highlight Chinese jade and porcelain works, ranging from the Yuan dynasty to the Republican period. An 18th-century vessel from the Qing dynasty covered with celadon jade is among the key lots. Designed to resemble a historical bronze…

    MING JIAJING BLUE & WHITE PHOENIX & TRIGRAM BOWL
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    Asian Arts

    Cloisonné enamel gained popularity in China during the early 14th and 15th centuries under the reign of the Ming Xuande emperor. This technique first arrived in the western province of Yunnan, where it became known as Dashi ware. Originally intended for the furnishing of temples, cloisonné objects were later showcased…

    Chinese, Rare and Large Guanyin
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    Art of Asia | Antiquity to Present Day

    Gandhara is the ancient name of a region in northwest Pakistan bounded by the Hindu Kush mountain range and the Himalayas. The Gandharan Empire made itself wealthy in part by controlling trade between China and the Mediterranean Sea; a great deal of this wealth went into local patronage of artisans…

    Early 20th C. Chinese White Jade Pendant Twin Dragons
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    East Meets West: Works of Art Across Cultures

    Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, desire, passion, and fertility. She is often portrayed as a complicated goddess, both generous and loving to those who respected her and easily offended with a temper. A Greek terracotta depiction of Aphrodite from the late Hellenistic period (400 - 30 BCE)…

    Fine Greek Terracotta Standing Aphrodite
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    July Asian Sale

    Showcased in the upcoming July Asian Sale, offered by WR Auction Gallery, is a Chinese bronze Buddha potentially created in the Qing dynasty. The Qing dynasty was the last imperial dynasty in China, ruling from 1644 to 1912. Chinese Buddhism is one of the country’s oldest foreign religions and balances…

    Chinese porcelain vessel, possibly 19th c.