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Antique Japanese Yatate Bronze Calligraphy Box
Antique Japanese Yatate Bronze Calligraphy Box
Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Decorative Boxes
Bronze
Antique Japanese Yatate bronze calligraphy box. Shishi dogs, leaves, vines, and gourds can be found on the long handle that ends with a hook to hang from a scholar's belt. The decora...
Chinese Danma Stone
Chinese Danma Stone
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Natural Specimens
Stone
Elevated on a wood base, this mesmerizing danma stone is intricately patterned with swirling mineral deposits. Meditating on the stone’s intriguing, irregular composition, the schola...
19th Century Set of Torah (Hebrew) Markers Framed in Giltwood Frame-Judicah
19th Century Set of Torah (Hebrew) Markers Fram...
Antique 19th Century Unknown Mounted Objects
Stone
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 go...
19th Century Chinese Square Rosewood, Boxwood, and Bone Brush Pot
19th Century Chinese Square Rosewood, Boxwood, ...
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes
Bone, Boxwood, Rosewood
A Chinese calligrapher worked with many types of brushes to achieve the perfect stroke and often stored his brushes in a special container that had personal meaning. Each side of thi...
Antique Japanese Wooden Writing Box with Decorative Hardware 'Meiji Era'
Antique Japanese Wooden Writing Box with Decora...
Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Scholar's Objects
Metal
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 ...
Early 19th Century Chinese Scholar's Root Pot
Early 19th Century Chinese Scholar's Root Pot
Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Urns
Wood
Wood brush and scroll pots carved to resemble tree trunks were popular during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), and were among the many esteemed objects found in a scholar’s studio. This...
Small Meiji Japanese Bronze Figure of a Monkey Wearing a Kimono
Small Meiji Japanese Bronze Figure of a Monkey ...
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 a...
19th Century Set of Wood Carved Chinese Masks from a Classic Historical Novel
19th Century Set of Wood Carved Chinese Masks f...
Antique 19th Century Chinese Meiji Sculptures
Bone, Glass, Rosewood
A set of five rosewood finely carved masks with glass eyes and ivory teeth and elaborate hair styles. Carved from a single piece of wood, showing the faces of characters from literat...
Chinese 19th Century Qing Dynasty Bronze Crane Form Censer
Chinese 19th Century Qing Dynasty Bronze Crane ...
Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Bronze
An unusual Chinese bronze censer in the form of a crane, Qing dynasty, late 19th century. The noble bird is portrayed with a strong sense of motion - standing in a walking stance u...
19th Century Chinese Scholars Ruyi Display Stand
Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Abstract Sculptures
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...
Chinese Qing Dynasty Gold Splashed Bronze Ding ...
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 cy...
'Falcon' Red Taihu Spirit Stone on Rosewood Stand
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
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. Med...
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, enduran...
"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 lime...
Chinese Greenery Stone in Carved Stand
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
Stone
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 aga...
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 themselv...
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 sl...
"Mountain Pasture" Meditation Stone
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scholar's Objects
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 s...
"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...
19th Century Chinese Wide Mouth Frog Burl Conta...
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 ...
"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 i...
Mid-20th Century Tall Chinese Taihu Scholar Roc...
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 ...
19th Century Chinese Bone Calligraphy Brush
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Bone, Natural Fiber
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 ...
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 ran...
20th Century Chinese Lingbi Scholar Stone 'Gong...
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 ...
Chinese Qing Dynasty Porcelain Spotted Deer Bru...
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 tur...
Large 20th Century Scholar's or Spirit Stone, C...
Unknown
20th Century Japanese Organic Modern Scholar's Objects
Stone
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 natura...
Chinese Dream Stone and Hardwood Table Screen, ...
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 ha...
Chinese Cloisonné Dragon Box with Stand
Antique 1850s Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes
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
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...
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...
Chinese Painting Stone in Stand
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
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 be...
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...
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 al...
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 stonemaso...
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...
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 ...
Chinese Mountain Form Scholars' Stone Brush Washer
Antique 1870s Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
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 showcase...
Chinese Flora and Fauna Inkstone
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
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. ...
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 f...
Chinese Phoenix Carved Inkstone with Box
Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
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 Chin...
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 shi...
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 i...
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...
Chinese Scholars' Lingbi Stone
Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Scholar's Objects
Stone
Chinese connoisseurs valued Lingbi stones for their natural beauty. They preferred rocks that showed four features: perforations (lou), thinness (shou), openness (tou), and wrinkling...
Chinese White Scholar's Rock
Antique 16th Century Chinese Scholar's Objects
Archaic stone with Ming dynasty (1368-1644) rosewood base.
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 decoratio...
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...
Assembled Chinese Late Yuan / Early Ming Dynast...
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 f...
Japanese Root Wood and Burl Vessel for Ikebana,...
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"...
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 ...
Chinese Carved Jadeite Vase and Cover, Qing Dyn...
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 ja...
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 a...
Large 19th Century Chinese Huanghuali Brush Pot...
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, remini...
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 a...
19th Century Chinoiserie Papier Mâché Japanese ...
Antique Late 19th Century Japanese More Desk Accessories
Beautifully detailed circa 1880 chinoiserie brush tray is perfect as a desk accessory for pens.
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 i...
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