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19th Century Chinese Scholars Ruyi Display Stand
Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Walnut
For thousands of years, precious Chinese artworks have been displayed on auspicious wooden pedestals. Recognized today as pieces of art, root sculptures like this stand are born from th...
Antique Japanese Yatate Bronze Calligraphy Box
Antique Japanese Yatate Bronze Calligraphy Box
Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Scholar's Objects
Bronze
Antique Japanese Yatate bronze calligraphy box. Ornately decorated Shishi dogs, leaves, vines, and gourds can be found on the long handle that terminates with a hook to hang from a scho...
Small Meiji Japanese Bronze Figure of a Monkey Wearing a Kimono
Small Meiji Japanese Bronze Figure of a Monkey Wea...
Antique 1890s Japanese Meiji Scholar's Objects
Bronze
A small and interesting Okimono bronze figure of a monkey wearing a Kimono. Unsigned but a well-executed and delightfully detailed piece. Pretty flower and petal detail on the arms and ...
Chinese Qing Dynasty Gold Splashed Bronze Ding and...
Antique 17th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Bronze, Horn, Hardwood, Zitan
A stunning and unusual late 17th century early Qing dynasty Chinese gold splashed and lacquer patinated bronze censer in the form of an archaistic ding. The bulbous vessel sits on cylin...
'Falcon' Red Taihu Spirit Stone on Rosewood Stand
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Rosewood
Working within the rarefied atmosphere of his studio, a Chinese scholar gazed upon the evocative formations of this spirit stone, seeking aesthetic and philosophical inspiration. Medita...
Chinese Chrysanthemum Stone

Chinese Chrysanthemum Stone
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
Stone
Formed millions of years ago, chrysanthemum stones are appreciated for their naturally occurring celestine crystals, which resemble chrysanthemum blossoms, symbols of autumn, endurance,...
Chinese Chrysanthemum Stone

Chinese Chrysanthemum Stone
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
Stone
Formed millions of years ago, chrysanthemum stones are appreciated for their naturally occurring celestine crystals, which resemble chrysanthemum blossoms, symbols of autumn, endurance,...
"Moon Gate" Scholars' Rock on Carved Stand
"Moon Gate" Scholars' Rock on Carved Stand
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Limestone, Hardwood
Sourced from China's Anhui province, long the subject of classical paintings and poems, this fantastically shaped stone once held pride of place in a scholar’s studio. A type of limesto...
Chinese Greenery Stone in Carved Stand
Chinese Greenery Stone in Carved Stand
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
Stone, Wood
Greenery stones are named for the naturally occurring patterns suggestive of trees, grass and other plantlike forms that result from the stone’s conglomerate mix of jadeite, moss agate,...
19th Century Chinese Root Shrine
19th Century Chinese Root Shrine
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Wood
Scholars in China's Qing dynasty often turned to the natural world as inspiration for their musings, apparent in the brushes, tables, pictures, and inkstones they surrounded themselves ...
Bronze Pen Rest, Brush Holder

Bronze Pen Rest, Brush Holder
20th Century Chinese Scholar's Objects
Bronze
A beautiful Chinese bronze pen/brush rest. The bronze piece features three dragons perched on waves. Their tails blend into the waves, making an artistic statement. There are four slots...
"Mountain Pasture" Meditation Stone
"Mountain Pasture" Meditation Stone
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
Steel, Stone
Unearthed in Jiangsu province, this gorgeous stone has been polished to reveal the full array of its golden colors and intriguing patterns. Prized by collectors for centuries, such ston...
"Dwellers' Cliff" Chinese Scholars Rock
"Dwellers' Cliff" Chinese Scholars Rock
Antique Late 18th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Limestone, Rosewood
Prized for their unique formations, scholars' stones are sculptural objects of contemplation that have inspired Chinese artists for hundreds of years. They are wonderfully suggestive fo...
19th Century Chinese Wide Mouth Frog Burl Containe...
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Burl
Chinese scholars and connoisseurs prized the organic form of burl wood and the way it referenced the wonders of the natural world. This 19th scroll container carved from a burl of a rar...
"Tree Jade" Chinese Petrified Wood Specimen
"Tree Jade" Chinese Petrified Wood Specimen
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Scholar's Objects
Petrified Wood
Like scholars' rocks, petrified, or fossilized, wood is appreciated for its natural beauty. Sometimes called "Tree Jade," petrified wood is thought to bring peace and prosperity to its ...
Antique Japanese Wooden Writing Box with Decorative Hardware 'Meiji Era'
Antique Japanese Wooden Writing Box with Decorativ...
Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Scholar's Objects
Metal, Wood
Antique Japanese wooden writing box with decorative hardware (Meiji Era). This calligraphy box has sumptuous wood with characterful painted black hardware. The lid is hinged and has a c...
Mid-20th Century Tall Chinese Taihu Scholar Rock o...
Mid-20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Limestone, Rosewood
A tall and dramatic Taihu scholar's stone, mid-20th century, circa 1940s, China. The natural rock of a pleasant cream color with a waxy surface patina. Set in a custom rosewood base wit...
19th Century Chinese Bone Calligraphy Brush
19th Century Chinese Bone Calligraphy Brush
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Natural Fiber, Bone
Along with paper, ink and ink stone, the brush was part of the four treasures found in a scholar’s studio. Arguably the most important tool, the brush served as a direct link to the art...
Chinese Meditation Painting Stone
Chinese Meditation Painting Stone
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
Stone
This sculptural painting stone is hundreds of millions of years old and was foraged from the Zhejiang area of China. Artisans sculpted the natural form in the shape of a mountain range....
20th Century Chinese Lingbi Scholar Stone 'Gongshi...
20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Limestone, Rosewood
An elegant and evocative Chinese lingbi scholar stone in the form of a bridge. The natural limestone worn by millennia of weathering and plucked from nature for the scholar's studio to ...
Chinese Qing Dynasty Porcelain Spotted Deer Brush ...
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Porcelain
A charming and elegant Chinese brush washer in the form of a recumbent spotted deer, Qing dynasty, circa 1850. The graceful animal modeled with legs folded under its body, head turned...
Large 20th Century Scholar's or Spirit Stone, Chin...
Unknown
20th Century Japanese Organic Modern Scholar's Objects
Stone, Wood
Offered by ZENA KRUZICK Large 20th Century Scholar's or Spirit Stone, China These gorgeous, complex forms were used for contemplation. This large example weighs 12 pounds.
Chinese Scholars Pewter Lined Burl Libation Cup
Antique Early 17th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Pewter, Burl
Like brush pots, libation cups are made in a variety of sizes and woods. Some maintain the natural contours of the wood, others enjoy skilful carvings. This grand 17th century natural b...
Chinese Dream Stone and Hardwood Table Screen, Republic Period
On Hold
Chinese Dream Stone and Hardwood Table Screen, Rep...
Mid-20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Marble, Hardwood
An attractive Chinese Republic period carved hardwood and Dali marble table screen. The well patterned Dali marble dream stone evocative of a misty mountain landscape and set in a hardw...
Chinese Cloisonné Dragon Box with Stand
Chinese Cloisonné Dragon Box with Stand
Antique 1850s Chinese Chinese Export Scholar's Objects
Metal
The Cloisonné box is well handmade with stand the lid to match. Dragon Design with 5 claw fingers! Scholar's object.
"Tree Jade" Petrified Wood Planter
"Tree Jade" Petrified Wood Planter
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Scholar's Objects
Petrified Wood
Like scholars' rocks, petrified or fossilized wood is appreciated for its natural beauty. Sometimes called "Tree Jade," petrified wood is thought to bring peace and prosperity to its su...
Chinese Bamboo Brush Container

Chinese Bamboo Brush Container
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Bamboo
A Chinese calligrapher would work with many types of brushes of different thicknesses and sizes to achieve the perfect stroke. Each artist stored their brushes in a favorite handmade br...
Chinese Painting Stone in Stand

Chinese Painting Stone in Stand
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Wood
As if brushed with ink and inscribed with intricate calligraphy, this polished jasper stone is marked with dark swirls and intricate patterns. Unusual stones such as this one have been ...
Chinese Peach Form Inkstone

Chinese Peach Form Inkstone
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
A scholar chose this peach-shaped inkstone to mix dry ink with water for use in calligraphy or painting. In traditional Chinese culture, peaches are symbols of longevity and, as such, a...
Chinese Horse and Full Moon Inkstone
Chinese Horse and Full Moon Inkstone
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
Scholarly pursuits such as painting, calligraphy and poetry were a highly respected and revered subculture in ancient China, and demanded their own set of not only functional, but also ...
Chinese Chrysanthemum Stone

Chinese Chrysanthemum Stone
20th Century Chinese Scholar's Objects
Stone
Chrysanthemum stones, formed hundreds of millions of years ago, are appreciated for their naturally occurring celestine crystals, which resemble chrysanthemum blossoms. Our stonemasons ...
Chinese Gnarled Brush Pot

Chinese Gnarled Brush Pot
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Wood
A brush pot, such as this one made in Hainan province, may once have sat on the desk of a learned scholar next to his brushes, inkpot, and inkstone. Made of rustic, gnarled wood, the br...
Chinese Amethyst Peach

Chinese Amethyst Peach
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Amethyst
A Qing dynasty scholar would have used this finely crafted amethyst brush washer to rinse the ink from his calligraphy brush. It is carved in the shape of a peach, which is a symbol of ...
Chinese Mountain Form Scholars' Stone Brush Washer...
Antique 1870s Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Wood
A Qing-dynasty scholar would have used this organically shaped brush washer to rinse the ink from his calligraphy brush. Made of jasper, the vessel’s naturally gnarled shape showcases t...
Chinese Flora and Fauna Inkstone
Chinese Flora and Fauna Inkstone
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Wood
This 19th century inkstone is designed with a water well that follows the shape of the auspicious birds and flowers that define it. The stone fits like a glove into its wooden case. Thi...
Chinese Eternal Prosperity Bamboo Brush Pot
Chinese Eternal Prosperity Bamboo Brush Pot
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Bamboo
A Qing-dynasty scholar once rested his calligraphy brushes in this exceptional brush pot. Appealing to the scholar’s appreciation for natural forms, the pot takes its form directly from...
Chinese Phoenix Carved Inkstone with Box
Chinese Phoenix Carved Inkstone with Box
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Rosewood
Functionally used as a surface to mix dry ink and water for calligraphy, this inkstone was also an object revered for its symbolism. The phoenix, known as “the king of birds” in Chinese...
Chinese Guardian Dog Ink Stone

Chinese Guardian Dog Ink Stone
Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Limestone
Hunkered down on his drum perch, a fu dog jealousy guards the pool where a calligrapher once prepared his ink. A symbol of protection, the lion-like beast bears the features of a shih-t...
Chinese Rock Crystal Sphere

Chinese Rock Crystal Sphere
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
Crystal
Gem lore is endless, and every culture has its own beliefs about specific stones tied to cultural history, geography, and spiritual practices. In China, some practitioners of feng shui ...
19th Century Set of Torah (Hebrew) Markers Framed in Giltwood Frame-Judicah
19th Century Set of Torah (Hebrew) Markers Framed ...
Antique 19th Century Unknown Scholar's Objects
Stone, Glass, Wood
19th century set of Torah (Hebrew) marker framed in hand-painted giltwood frame. Set of stone tiles are engraved with Hebrew lettering Recently mounted and framed in an antiqued gold ...
Chinese Calligraphy Brush

Chinese Calligraphy Brush
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Natural Fiber, Wood
During the early 20th century hinese scholar would have used this finely made calligraphy brush to write official documents or compose poetry. He would have held the handle upright in h...
Chinese "Reclining Lion" Scholars' Root Sculpture
Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Wood
The unique formation of this early 19th century Chinese scholars' root sculpture brings to mind a sleeping sow in repose posture. This type of natural sculpture is characterized as a "w...
Chinese Scholars' Lingbi Stone

Chinese Scholars' Lingbi Stone
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone, Rosewood
Chinese connoisseurs valued Lingbi stones for their natural beauty. They preferred rocks that showed four features: perforations (lou), thinness (shou), openness (tou), and wrinkling (z...
Chinese White Scholar's Rock

Chinese White Scholar's Rock
Antique 16th Century Chinese Scholar's Objects
Archaic stone with Ming dynasty (1368-1644) rosewood base.
Chinese Rock Crystal Sphere

Chinese Rock Crystal Sphere
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
Rock Crystal
Gem lore is endless, and every culture has its own beliefs about specific stones tied to cultural history, geography, and spiritual practices. In China, some practitioners of feng shui ...
19th Century, Korean Pearwood Scholar's Box
19th Century, Korean Pearwood Scholar's Box
Antique Late 19th Century Korean Scholar's Objects
Brass, Pearwood
A rare and beautiful Korean brass-mounted pearwood scholar's box. Of simple form and construction, conforming to Confucian literati ideals, the rectangular box has minimal decoration, ...
Pair of Chinese Huanghuali Nesting Trays
Pair of Chinese Huanghuali Nesting Trays
Antique 19th Century Chinese Scholar's Objects
A refined and elegant pair of huanghuali nesting trays. An exotic hardwood, huanghuali (which translate to "yellow flowering pear wood"), has long been prized in China. These tr...
Assembled Chinese Late Yuan / Early Ming Dynasty B...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Ming Scholar's Objects
Bronze, Lacquer
Consisting of a large baluster vase (H: 14.25") with arrow handles and a near pair of smaller baluster vases with mythical beast loop handles. The large vase, of yuhuchunping form, wit...
Japanese Root Wood and Burl Vessel for Ikebana, Ta...
Vintage 1920s Japanese Taisho Scholar's Objects
Burl
A natural root wood and burl formation adapted as a Japanese flower arranging (ikebana) vase. The elongated "body" of the vase with a natural hollow and resting on a pedestal "foot". T...
Large Huanghuali Brushpot, 17th Century
Large Huanghuali Brushpot, 17th Century
Antique Mid-17th Century Chinese Ming Scholar's Objects
Hardwood
An unusually large and beautifully grained 17th century huanghuali brushpot. Meant for the desk of a scholar to hold his calligraphy and paint brushes. Crafted from a single large sec...
Chinese Carved Jadeite Vase and Cover, Qing Dynast...
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Silver, Jade, Hardwood
A stunning carved and pierced Chinese jade vase, Qing Dynasty, 19th century. The vase is carved with a design of birds, flowers and trees, each rife with meaning. The dense, heavy jade ...
Chinese Dragon Carved Inkstone

Chinese Dragon Carved Inkstone
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
Ink stones were used in China for hundreds of years in artists' studios for grinding ink sticks and mixing the fine ink powder together with water to form ink. Chinese scholars and arti...
Large 19th Century Chinese Huanghuali Brush Pot, Bitong
Large 19th Century Chinese Huanghuali Brush Pot, B...
Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Hardwood
A large 19th century Qing dynasty huanghulai brush pot. Of simple cylindrical form. The wood displaying a lovely patina of rich honey brown, with an attractive, muted grain, reminisce...
Monumental Chinese Root Scroll Pot
Monumental Chinese Root Scroll Pot
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Wood
Crafted from a gnarled tree root, this container once stored painting scrolls in a scholar’s studio. Popular during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), such vessels were revered by the intell...
Chinese Lingbi Scholars' Rock

Chinese Lingbi Scholars' Rock
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Scholar's Objects
Limestone
Chinese connoisseurs valued Lingbi stones for their mystical beauty. The finest scholar’s stones came from Lingbi, in the northern province of Anhui, renowned for their black tones and ...
19th Century Chinoiserie Papier Mâché Japanese Bru...
Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Scholar's Objects
Beautifully detailed circa 1880 chinoiserie brush tray is perfect as a desk accessory for pens.
Chinese "Tree Jade" Petrified Wood Specimen
Chinese "Tree Jade" Petrified Wood Specimen
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Primitive Scholar's Objects
Petrified Wood
Like scholars' rocks, petrified, or fossilized, wood is appreciated for its natural beauty. Sometimes called "Tree Jade," petrified wood is thought to bring peace and prosperity to its ...
Chinese Lacquer and Gilt Brush Pot
Chinese Lacquer and Gilt Brush Pot
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Wood, Lacquer, Paint
This red and black lacquered brush pot, imbued with the texture of time from its many years of use, once held a scholar’s selected calligraphy brushes. The gilt-decorated pot was chosen...