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Antique Bronze Censer.  Incense Burner.  Phoenix.  China.

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    Older censer with wear.  The deep reliefs of phoenixes plus the elephant heads (as handles) makes this a very special piece.   The unique handle on the lid allows the incense to be distributed in a variety of ways.   Acquired from an estate sale in Midwest… Continue reading

Antique Jadestone and Bronze Tripod Censer.  Incense Burner.  Dushan.  Nanyang, Henan Province, China

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    According to Chinese tradition, green jade represents the five human virtues of courage, modesty, justice, compassion, wisdom  . . . with strong spiritual vibes connected to the heart chakra.   And mix that with some handcrafted bronze work and you have an outstanding piece of art from… Continue reading

Warrior Short Sword. Brass Scabbard.  Dragon.  Bhutan / Tibet

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    Strong, straight, single-edged blade with scabbard and hilt covered with brass finish with wire-wrapped grip.  Scrollwork and engraving with a rare five-toed dragon . . representing dignity and honor.   Commonly used during the 18th and 19th Centuries.   . . . a rarity for dragons… Continue reading

Vintage Carved Stone Christian Crucifix.  Wall hung.

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    Very Unique.   I am sure that the metal-looking parts are not Celtic in design.  And, I am pretty sure that the design is not the timeless elegance of a fleur-de-lis.  Unless, of course, the elements are an artist’s own creation.   But, there is something… Continue reading

BOOKS:  The British Museum:  Egyptian Antiquities.  Leather Bound.  Volumes 1 & 2.  Reprinted from 1840 original edition

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    Beautifully bound in leather with gold leaf on cover and spine.  These two volumes were reprinted from the original nearly-lost books due to degradation.  These reference books examine the holdings of the British Museum before Britain colonized Egypt in 1882.   Fascinating!  A stunning and… Continue reading

Antique Inkwell.  19th Century.  Heavy Bronze with Marble Base.  Japanese Dragonboat.  France.

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    An objet d’art coming out of the Louis-Philippe era, characterized by elegant lines that combine robustness and some restraint . . . and, in this case, an authentic and robust inkwell for your desk.   The inkwell is in the form of a Japanese longboat with two hinged… Continue reading

Tang Dynasty Painted Clay Burial Tomb Figure. Ceramic. China

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      I guess I could spend a few hundred dollars having a thermoluminescence test done on this to validate the Han Dynasty claim but I have some doubts about the outcome.   The pose and stance is not Han Dynasty.   It is likely a Tang Dynasty… Continue reading

Vintage Asian Elephant Bookends.  Bronze Tone.  Pair.  Heavy Cast Metal.

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    Great detail.  From the late 1930s.   Suitable for holding up a bunch of great books!   Felt bottoms,  

Old and Rare Bronze Tripod Censer.  Buddhist Incense Burner. Early 1800’s. Temple.  Tibet.

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    Bowl formed into censer with reinforced mouth rim, lion head handles and feet. Used specifically in temples where there are high standards of quality.   Xuande mark?  Not sure as this mark originally came out of the Xuande period (1400s).  The mark was used often after… Continue reading

Magnificent Carved Hindu Architectural Corbel.  Fragment.  Relief. Temple.  Tamil Nadu, India

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    Carved architectural temple fragment/corbel/relief.  It is populated by Hindu deities . . .  many hard for me to identify.  I am reasonably sure that Vishnu is in the center shown with multiple arms.  The raised arm is a sign of reassurance.   Above is… Continue reading
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