fam verte saucer AS386
SAUCER DISH
AS386
Culture, Origin: China, Kangxi (1662-1722)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 27cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This dish is appealing to both Chinese Export and Chinese Taste collectors. It is decorated in translucent famille verte enamels and depicts a mother and child being offered a sweet by an attendant. The figures stand beside a pair of cinnebar lacquer stools and hardwood table laden with food, tea, vase with lotus stems and a bronze tripod censer. All this, in an ornamental garden beneath a pale moon, within a border of diaper pattern and reserved panels of butterflies. The base has a double circle in underglaze blue with lotus mark. Rim is fritted.
Price: POA
scholar AS161
SCHOLAR
AS161
Culture, Origin: China, Kangxi (1662-1722)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 17cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The bald scholar is seated on rockwork in flowing robes, gently holding a Pekinese puppy in his hands. Figures decorated in famille verte enamels on biscuit (sansancai) are usually found on porcelains of the Kangxi period.
Price: POA
wisteria bowl AS381
BOWL
AS381
Culture, Origin: China, Late Qing Dynasty or Republic.
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 10.8 diam x 6.4cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The turquoise ground is decorated with a Hwamei bird perched on a flowering wisteria branch, to one side and flowering peony to the rear. The interior is flowering wisteria. The base has a four character "Hall where Wise Action is Celebrated" mark in underglaze blue. Compare this to the Spring pattern of the so-called DaYazhai porcelains ordered by Empress Dowager Cixi during the early reign of Guangxu.
Price: POA
parrot AS387
PARROT
AS387
Culture, Origin: China, 18th Century
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 19cm H.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Decorative pairs of birds figures were made for export to the West throughout the 18th and 19th Century, parrots in particular were most popular.
Price: £375
censer AS374
SHISOU TRIPOD CENSER
AS374
Culture, Origin: China, 19th Century
Material: bronze, silver, wood
Dimensions: 9.5 x 16.5 x 12cm (excluding cover)
Provenance: Private collection, UK
Notes/Literature: This tripod censer is inlaid in silver wire with a diaper band incorporating a shou roundel, and rock and bamboo cartouche which is repeated on each of the tapering feet. The sides are applied with elephant or Baku head loose ring handles. The later pierced cover is decorated lotus scrolls and show symbols. The base is inlaid with two characters Shi Sou ('old man Shi'). These small decoratively-inlaid censers were scholar's objects. See Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, p.65, pls.49 and 50.
Price: £675
bronze vase AS382
SINO-TIBETAN VASE
AS382
Culture, Origin: China or Himalayas, late Ming Dynasty
Material: bronze
Dimensions: 13.5 x 7cm
Provenance: Private collection, UK
Notes: This charming 17th Century vase probably belonged to a monk or scholar, and sat on his table as a container for implements. The upright rim has a faint diaper pattern, above a slender neck with jewelled collars hung with silk pendants from ruyi heads. The open circlets probably once contained tiny coral or turquoise onrmants. There are twin Baku head mask handles. The shoulder has a lappet collar, and it all resets on a multi-stepped circular foot. Allover is an ancient patina worn away in places.
Price: POA
Kogo
BOX, kogo
AS9
Culture, Origin: Kyoto, Japan, Meiji period.
Material: bronze, mixed metal inlay
Dimensions: 12.8 x 11.5 x 5cm
Provenance: Private collection, UK
Notes: The cover decorated with silver and shibuichi in iro-e takazogan, takabori and kebori, with a tori gate behind a pine tree, the inside cover decorated in hirazogan with a moon in wispy clouds. By Jomi Eisuke (1839-1900), with engraved stylised seal mark "Jomi kore o sei" to base. Eisuke was a master craftsman from Kyoto who exhibited extensively at the Domestic Industrial Expositions in 1881, 1890 and 1895 and also won many prizes abroad at the International Expositions in Philadelphia (1876), Paris (1878, 1889 and 1900), Chicago (1893). His son, Einosuke continued to exhibit at St Louis (1904) and the Great Britain-Japan Expo in London (1910).
Price: POA
vanity stand
Culture, Origin: Japan, Meiji Era
Material: lacquer, wood, copper
Dimensions: 64 x 28 x 28cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Used for displaying a mirror (kagami) and to contain toilet utensils. This kyodai still contains dressing accessories.
Price: POA
Imari teapotAS295
TEAPOT
AS295
Culture, Origin: China, Kangxi (1662-1722)
Material: Porcelain
Dimensions: 16cm long
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This small early 18th Century teapot is so simply decorated it invites comparison to the Zen aesthetic of Japanese Art. Each side is painted in underglaze blue, overglaze red and gilt highlights with a single branch of flowering prunus, the blossoms in both in bud and full bloom.Further branches appear on the cover, and the spout and handle are decorated with florets. There are iron red 'pinch' marks where the spout and handle join the body.
Price: £775
qingbai waterdropper AS56
QINGBAI WATER DROPPER
Culture, Origin: China, Song Dynasty (960-1279)
Material: proto-porcelain
Dimensions: 5.5cm H
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Very rare scholar's water dropper in the form of a fruit with textured skin, leaves and stalk. Used to drop water onto freshly ground ink powder for calligraphy or painting.
Price: POA
qingbai AS31
QINGBAI CONICAL BOWL
Culture, Origin: China, Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279)
Material: proto-porcelain
Dimensions: 18.4cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Of conical form rising from a short circular foot, this bowl is beautifully carved and combed to the interior with wave designs and covered in the characteristic smooth, translucent blue-green glaze. Old crack.
Price: POA
Yaozhou bowl AS64
YAOZHOU CELADON BOWL
Culture, Origin: China, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty (960-1234)
Material: stoneware
Dimensions: 11.8cm D
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Of small size, this delightful gently rounded conical bowl is carved in the inside with five scrolling flower heads within a slightly everted rim, and is covered in an olive brown glaze, all raised on a circular foot.
Price: POA
paste box AS375
PASTE BOX
AS375
Culture, Origin: China, Kangxi mark but 19th Century
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 7cm diam.
Provenance: Private collection, UK
Notes:This charming blue and white box is painted on the cover with a garden scene depicting a scholar standing beside a bench being brought a manuscript by an attendant. The gnarled pine tree in the background alludes to longevity. The box edges have a landscape of low undulating hills. The base bears a six-character mark of Kangxi. (The lid has been broken and reglued and has a regaled chip).
Price: £475
tea bowl AS32
TEABOWL
AS32
Culture, Origin: China, Kangxi (1661-1722)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 8 x 5.8cm high
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Painted in medium blue tones with a building with smoking chimneystack and a tall chimney outside, possibly a factory or kiln, and two quails between flowing shrubs, the inside with four fish and floral medallion, foliate border. Base bears ruyi head mark in a double circle.
Price: £550
Chinese coin buckle AS78
ANCIENT COIN BUCKLE
Culture, Origin: China, Xin Dynasty (9-23AD) and 18th/19th Century
Material: bronze
Dimensions: 11 x 2.8cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This gilt bronze buckle is modelled with the mythical animal mask hook and is mounted with two ancient cast bronze coins. The circular coin is a Wu-Shu (worth 5 Shu) and the rarer spade coin is a Huo-Pu (worth 25 Wu Shu or 125 Shu). The higher denomination coin was minted for only a short period during the Wang Mang interregnum (7-23 AD) between the end of the Eastern Han and beginning of the Western Han Dynasties. The bronze buckle bears an impressed stamp.
Price: POA
spice bottle
SPICE BOTTLE
Culture, Origin: China, Kangxi (1661-1722)
Material: porcelain, silver
Dimensions: 11cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Well painted with two elegant women conversing beside a table, a parrot on a swing behind one, a pair of low tables or stands behind the other, divided by an ornamental rock with pine sapling, cloud collar at the shoulder and floral border at the socle foot, mounted with pierced conical silver cap.
Price: £850
snuff
SNUFF BOX
Culture, Origin: Canton, China c. 1830
Material: tortoiseshell
Dimensions: 6.5cm
Provenance: Private collection, UK
Notes: Cover with hinge, chip to edge.
Price: £475
boddhisttva vase AF63
GUANYIN BOTTLE VASE
Culture, Origin: China, Republic Period (1912-1949)
Material: Porcelain
Dimensions: 25.4cm H.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Beautifully painted in muted famille rose enamels with Guanyin, the goddess of Mercy, seated on a rock in a river, with one foot resting on a lotus. The reverse with poetic inscription in black characters and three red seals. Base with four character Jurentang mark in red seal script, reading "Hall Where Benevolence Resides".
Price: POA
pear shaped vase AS62
VASE
Culture, Origin: China, Republic (1912-1949)
Material: Porcelain
Dimensions: 11.5cm H.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The pear-shaped body painted in bright famille rose enamels with a long-tailed bird perched on a flowering camellia beside a peony shrub, below a black ruyi-head and drop pendant collar at the rim. Base with four character Jingdezhen Zhi mark in red seal script.
Price: £450
flowers insects bowl
FLOWERS & INSECTS BOWL
Culture, Origin: China, Tongzhi mark and period (1862-74)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 12.5cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This chrysanthemum fluted bowl is beautifully painted in muted famille rose enamels with a cricket, grasshopper and cicada perched on flowering chrysanthemum, peony and lotus all beneath a gilt rim, the base is marked in red seal script with six-character Tongzhi reign mark.
Price: £590
mille fleurs bowl
MILLE FLEURS BOWL
Culture, Origin: China, Republic Period (1912-1949)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 12.5cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This delightful bowl is densely decorated with the so-called mille fleurs (thousand flowers) pattern in pastel famille rose enamels. the inside is centred with a longevity shou roundel, the base bears a Qianlong six-character mark in red seal script.
Price: £580
cylinder teapot
LONGEVITY TEAPOT
Culture, Origin: China, Republic (1912-1949)
Material: porcelain, copper wire
Dimensions: 13cm H.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: One side of this teapot is painted in the literati style with an elderly scholar reading a book whilst seated under a pine tree, subjects emblematic of long life. The reverse with seven character poetic inscription and two line signature with red seal mark. Lid with four characters.
Price: £550
octagonal bowl
OFFERING DISH
Culture, Origin: China, Guangxu mark but Republic Period (1912-49)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 12cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This octagonal pedestal dish is painted in the Qianjiang (literati) style with a rural landscape, with thatched cottages nestling in in a hilly valley beside a river with a small stone bridge, within gilt rim. Signed with three characters and artist's seal. Base is marked with red four-character Guangxu reign mark.
Price: £990
crab plate
CRAB & PEONY PLATE
Culture, Origin: China, Yongzheng (1723-1735)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 23cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The Chinese words 'crab' (蟹) and 'harmony' (协) are homonyms pronounced 'xie'. Two crabs therefore symbolise marital harmony. The crab is also used to symbolise success in the imperial examination system. The Chinese word for the crab's shell (jia 甲) has the additional meaning of "first" as in achieving the highest score in the examination to become a government official. Peonies symbolise the month of Summer. Compare with a similar plate in the Drayton Hall Collection, South Carolina, USA.
Price: £290
star gods plate AS67
STAR GODS PLATE
Culture, Origin: China, 19th Century
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 23cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This dish is beautifully enamelled in the famille rose palette with the Three Star Gods and attendants. Each immortal is dressed in flowing robes holding their respective attributes; Fu, the god of happiness holding a ruyi scepter symbolizing all wishes coming true, Lu the god of emoluments holding a scroll symbolizing an official career, and Shou, the god of longevity holding a peach and gnarled staff symbolizing long life. Attended by two maidens, within a gilt band at the rim.
Price: £290
100 antiques bowl
ONE HUNDRED ANTIQUES BOWL
Culture, Origin: China, 4-character mark of Jiaqing (1796-1820)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 14cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Decorated in famille rose enamels in a design known as the 'One Hundred Antiques'. It encapsulates the traditional scholar's interest in collecting objects which symbolised his refinement and education. It was fashionable to use antiques as decoration on porcelain in the late Ming and Qing periods.
Price: £450
Blue white flowering vase dish AS30
FLOWERING VASE DISH
Culture, Origin: China, 18th Century
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 27.6cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Larger than the usual 9in. (23cm) standard dinner plate, this dish is painted in tones of bright blue with a large bronze urn of flowers including lotus and chrysanthemum, within multiple lines at the cavetto and a bold floral border of lotus, peony and chrysanthum. Qianlong or Jiaqing period.
Price: £450
musicians plate
MUSICIANS DISH
Culture, Origin: China, 18th Century
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 13cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Price: £490
fam rose VASE plate AS29
FLOWERING VASE PLATE
Culture, Origin: China, 18th Century
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 23.3m D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This export plate is boldly painted in famille rose (pink) enamels with a bronze urn of flowers including peony with five flying insects, all within a composite border of keyfret diaper panels, formal lotus on waves and lotus swags. Very much in the style of Yongzheng decoration but Qianlong or Jiaqing period.
Price: £350
Powder blue bowl
TEABOWL
Culture, Origin: China, Kangxi (1661-1722)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 9cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Decorated to the outside in powder blue and gilt with ornamental rockwork and flowers, the inside centred with a small red and gilt flowerhead. Base with underglaze blue Ding mark within a double circle.
Price: £350
Brushpot AS57
BRUSHPOT, bitong
Culture, Origin: China, Republic Period (1912-1949)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 11.5cm H
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Delightfully painted in dark to medium blue tones with two boys each riding a buffalo in an ornamental garden with pine tree and rockwork. One boy flies a kite from the back of his buffalo. Base bears four character Xuande mark.
Price: £480
Ca Mao saucer
SHIP WRECK SAUCER
Culture, Origin: China, Yongzheng c. 1725
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 11.8 cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK. Sotheby's Amsterdam 29-31 Jan 2007, lot 17138 and original hand written ref. no. CMI-19132.
Notes: Base retains Sothebys - UNICOM label 17138. The Ca Mau Shipwreck, c.1725 The Ca Mau shipwreck was a Chinese ocean going junk, almost certainly en route from Canton (now Kuangzhou) to the Dutch trading port of Batavia (now Jakarta). Disaster struck of the Ca Mau peninsular, there was a fire on board so severe that some of the porcelain was fused together. There were a few wine cups recovered bearing the mark of the Emperor Yongzheng who reigned from 1723 to 1735. By this time tea and coffee was the rage throughout Europe and the principal traders were the British East India Company and the Dutch East India Company, With the demand for tea came demand for porcelain by which to drink it and so most of what they imported at this time was tea wares. (Amsterdam 2007, pp.8-9) The Ca Mau shipwreck was discovered by fishermen working of the Ca Mau peninsular when their nets snagged on it. When they realised the porcelain was saleable they began dredging up as much as possible. Once the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information realised what was happening they moved in quickly to secure the wreck site. The excavation was lead by the Curator of The National Museum of Vietnamese culture. Most pieces not only have the Sotheby’s auction label but also the 'CM' reference number of the Vietnamese conservators. In all, 130,000 pieces were recovered and 76,000 of the finer condition pieces were selected to be sold as 'Made in Imperial China. 76,000 pieces of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Ca Mau Shipwreck, circa 1725' by Sotheby’s Amsterdam on 29, 30 & 31 January 2007. (Amsterdam 2007, pp.6-7)
Price: £145
teapot AS291
Culture, Origin: China, Qianlong (1735-1795)
Material: porcelain
Dimensions: 13cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Export porcelain. Unusually, enamelled in the Meissen-style with vignettes of Chinese figures sitting at a table and taking tea in the European manner.
Price: £575
spoon tray
SPOON DISH
Culture, Origin: Canton (Guangzhou) China, 19th Century
Material: enamel, copper
Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Price: £375

Enquiries, Payment, Shipping & Returns

We want to hear from you. Please request further images, condition reports, additional measurements etc. using the contact form, and we will respond directly. Please tick the GDPR compliance box if you wish to be updated about events at Ancestor Gallery in the future. 

Payment is accepted by bank transfer. Once purchase has been agreed, a shipping charge will be added to the bill. After the total bill has been paid in full, your purchase will be shipped by courier within five working days to your home. Please note that shipping may be delayed if export permits are required for CITES related purchases.

Returns will be accepted within fourteen days of receipt at the purchaser’s cost to include freight, insurance, packaging. Insurance cover against loss and damage must be provided for the full cost of the item. Items must be returned in the same condition as when they were shipped, and will not be accepted if damaged or altered in any way. Refunds will only be issued once inspected and received. Any claim for items damaged in transit must be reported to us within two days of receipt with full written details and images by email.

Contact Form

Collection of personal information

You may choose to provide us with your personal information on some pages of the website, for example when you complete an enquiry form.

When you submit personal information, you consent to our use of the information as set out in these terms and conditions.

Use of personal information

We shall use any personal information you give to us in accordance with these terms and conditions, and with any additional statements appearing on forms used for submitting your personal information. We shall not disclose your personal information to any third parties unless we are required by law to do so. In particular, if you submit an enquiry, we shall use your personal information to administer and respond to your enquiry. We shall securely store the information you supply and the response we provide.

Cookies and IP logging

This website uses cookies. A cookie is a piece of data that may be stored on your computer when you visit a website. When you visit our website, our server will store a cookie on your computer.

This cookie will be used to record the pages you visit on our website. We will use this information to analyse the way our site is used, and to administer and improve the accessibility of our site. We will not use it to identify individuals or for any other purpose.

You may disable the use of cookies in your Internet browser without affecting your use of this website.