CABINETS

 

 
 

1. An unusual antique Tibetan reliquary cabinet with ten olive green lacquer panels that depict a charming array of animal and floral studies. Three upper drawers and a double doored cabinet would traditionally house ritual objects and Buddhist texts. Characteristic wear and patina from an accumulation of smoke from yak butter lamps and incense. Circa 1880.

Measuring 36 ¼" high by 40 ¾" wide by 16" deep.

 

     

 

 
         
 
 

2. An antique Chinese "square corner" display cabinet with upper display area surrounded by a pierced apron of stylized clouds and 'guazhi' or sea dragons. The lower apron at the base of the cabinet is a bas relief of celestial dragons amongst clouds flanking the stylized Chinese character 'shou' - longevity. The double doors of the storage cabinet are fitted with pivot hinges and mounted with a bronze circular plate, lock hasps and leaf form pulls. The interior is an open space with two shallow drawers fitted right to the very top which also have leaf form pulls. Traditional mitered mortise and tenoned construction with much of the original dark burgundy lacquer finish. Middle 1800's.

Measuring 70 ½" high by 43" wide by 22 ¼" deep.

 

     

 

 
         
 
 

3. An 18th century Chinese muzhumengui round corner cabinet of classic Ming proportions. This gently tapered cabinet with rounded corners and overlapping round-edged top is fronted by a pair of well-paneled doors mounted with period bronze escutcheons and handles. The doors have a removable stile and the pivots swing on wooden pegs fitting into the top board and the stretcher. This pivoted door construction has been used since Western Zhou period, circa 1100-771 B.C. (found on bronze stove doors of the period). Traditional lacquered interior with characteristic attrition and pair of drawers forming the single interior shelf. Yumu, southern elm wood. Mid 1700's.

Measuring 54 ½" high by 31 ½" wide by 16 ¾" deep.

 
         
         
 
 

4. An authentic antique Tibetan reliquary trunk for the storage of ceremonial objects. The exterior surface wrapped in hemp and lacquered to seal and protect the contents. The front of the trunk is decorated in a geometric grid of lotus blossoms surrounding a central medallion of a primordial Dragon rising in a celestial firmament. Hammered bronze fittings secure the panels and corners. Circa 1840-60.

Measuring 18" high by 32 ½" wide by 13" deep.

 
     

 

 
         
 

 

5. An exceptional antique Indian Colonial hand carved rosewood credenza with elegant openwork foliate doors and four stylized foliate columns that end in lion’s claw feet. The cantilevered top is mounted with an exquisite carved openwork backboard. Circa 1890 for a British Colonial residence. 

Measuring 42 ¼” high (including backboard) by 58” wide by 11 ½” deep.

 
         
     

 

 
 
 

6. An antique Korean wood bandaji (‘half closing’ chest) with hand-wrought iron fittings. The upper front panel of this traditional bandaji is hinged along the bottom and is kept closed by an iron latch at the top center. Intended for the use of storing textiles and clothing. Yi Dynasty, mid-19th century.

Measuring 30 ¼” high by 40 ½” wide by 17” deep.

 
         
     

 

 
 
 

7. An antique Japanese Butsudan that inspires a sense of sanctuary. This intimate shrine served as an altar for a late 19th century family in their Buddhist practice of contemplative meditation and the recitation of mantras that are prayers of compassion. The interior is constructed of an extraordinary miniature architecture, the structure of which replicates full scale traditional Buddhist temples. The raised dais has three vestibules for a principle figure flanked by bronze vessels with carved gilded wood lotus blossoms. The more one looks the more there is to observe of finely carved auspicious symbols and elements of detail. This interior sanctuary is cloistered by a pair of double lattice folding screens with transparent gilt netting. The entire shrine is encased in a black lacquered cabinet with a pedestal containing drawers and a sliding door compartment for the storage of accoutrements of spiritual practice, such as Buddhist manuscripts, incense and candles. The principle figure in this Butsudan is a family heirloom that predates the shrine. Very stylized yet powerful in accordance with the Zen tradition, this sculpture is of Jizo – a Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion, protector of travelers and small children. It dates modestly to the early 1700’s and is encrusted with a characteristic patina of several hundred years of soot from incense and candles. The lanterns are more recent additions, likely from the mid-20th century, but very ambient in their sacred space. Butsudan circa 1880-90. 

Measuring 60 ¾” high by 42 ½” wide by 22” deep, when opened.

 
         
     

 

 
 
 

8. A beautiful antique Japanese ‘Jinja’ Shinto shrine of stunning traditional architecture. One observes this house symbolic of sacred space where ritual incense was offered on a platform at the base of the stairs that lead to the double doored sanctuary. The spirit of ‘Kami’, or divine presence, in the Shinto tradition could be found in nature’s manifestations of rock or tree, but on rare occasion manifests as a wise and pure being. Tenjin, the Shinto deity of literature and calligraphy, is one such manifestation. Tenjin is the deified persona of Sugawara no Michizane (845-903), great scholar and statesman of 9th century Japan. There are many temples throughout Japan dedicated in his name and an important Tenjin national festival is celebrated every year on the 25th of February, when the plum blossoms bloom. It is unusual to find a shrine of this scale that houses a traditional sculpture of this Shinto deity.  Likely this work was created by commission for a scholarly household. Taisho period (1912-25).

Measuring 53 ½” high by 45” wide by 27 ¼” deep.