A ceramic glaze applied to various kinds of ceramics fulfills different purposes. Its application and subsequent firing fuses it directly to the original biscuit clay surface of the object with or without paint resulting in an impervious waterproof outside coating and a glass-like vitreous layer as high heat in a kiln fuses the glaze to the object. The glaze also can color, decorate and seal the formerly porous biscuit surface that was prone to leakage. Some glazes may be colored and others clear depending on the effects and colors desired in the final piece, and clear glazes may be applied over painted surfaces to permanently seal them to the object. Distinct apple green glazes were popular in the late Qing dynasty.

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  • Ancient Glazed Ceramic Han Wing Cup, China (1009BOH) $450

    H: 1.5”  W: 5.125”  D: 3.875” | FREE SHIPPING WITHIN CONTINENTAL U.S.!

    This Han dynasty green glazed winged cup is a mingqi burial object placed in a tomb to comfort and satisfy the deceased. Winged cups were popular during the Han Dynasty when they were made from molded earthenware covered with a thick green leaded glaze which sometimes , as here, caused a chemical reaction between the lead and the tomb’s humidity resulting in an iridescent silver-green color.

  • Ancient Han Dynasty Glazed Hu Jar, China (1604AOK) $495

    H: 6.75” Dia: 6″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This two thousand year old heavy wine vessel called a Hu is covered in a dark-green lead glaze used often during the Han dynasty for burial items called mingqia variety of which were placed in tombs to provide comfort to the deceased in their afterlife. With a characteristic elegant hu shape, it rests on a wide foot and rises to a minimally decorated globular body with low relief horizontal bars, a wide tapering neck and is topped by a wide flaring bowl-like mouth. Its underside, like most, was left unglazed.

  • Ancient Han Dynasty Pottery Pig, China (2029BKE) $395

    H: 2.5”  W: 4.5”  D: 2.375” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This glazed pig mingqi was one of many items made for a tomb to placate the spirit of the deceased and assure the soul’s access to the things enjoyed when alive. This animal mingqi confirms the importance of pigs as a food source and of raising livestock in Han China. An alert animal whose stocky body is typical, it’s dark lead green glaze and damp tomb created a chemical reaction over centuries making it a lustrous, iridescent green impossible to copy that is highly valued in China and by collectors. In very good condition, it has expected glaze losses, minor abrasions and cracks due to its age and long tomb burial.

  • Ancient Lekanis Dish, Magna Graecia (3247BHK) $575

    H: 3.625”  Dia: 3.5″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This diminutive but very elegant piece is a lekanis, a lid-covered dish originating in Greece embraced by artisans from Apulia in Magna Graecia in Southern Italy who adapted this form in their Xenon wares in the 6th century BCE. This terracotta lidded bowl is covered with pale matte salmon decorations over a black glazed body, a bowl highlighted with decorative meandering bands. Fathers in ancient times filled these bowls with small items of adornment and gave them to their daughters as a wedding gift, which would be a delightful tradition to uphold today.

  • Antique Blue and White Porcelain Miniature Ewer, China (4056B-DKM) $135

    H:  5.25″    W: 4.625 ”    D: 2.375 ”    | FREE SHIPPING WITHIN CONTINENTAL U.S.!

    This charming miniature ewer or small pitcher was made during the Tongzhi Period and probably used in a restaurant or home kitchen as a dispenser for soy sauce, oils or other liquids. With an elegantly curved spout and handle it is covered with chrysanthemums, plantain curved vertical leaves and  bindweed vines. The lid has a lotus shaped bud  for lifting, and the bottom has a Chinese antique export seal.

  • Antique Enamel Yixing Stoneware Teapot, China (1152B-PAR) $365

    H: 2.375″    W: 6.25 ”    D:  4 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

    This delicate antique Yixing teapot is unusually shaped with a  loop handle, short spout, flaring rim, small flat cover and small loops below its rim that indicate it may have been used to suspend oil or soy sauce rather than serve tea. Its charm is enhanced by its free hand-painted colored enamels with circular panels containing fanciful and bright floral and leaf decorations.

  • Antique Garden Stool with Pierce-work Designs, China (16780ZLSE) $1400

    H: 19″  W: 13.25”  D: 11.75” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This magnificent  glazed stoneware garden stool was owned by a wealthy family that is reflected in its complex pierce-work and its use of cobalt blue, a prized mineral color normally used very sparingly. Its strong hexagonal walls are decorated with registers of varied heights running vertically up the sides and divided by horizontal cobalt blue lines surrounding the stool. The designs depicted here – narcissus flowers, double lozenges and the octagonal shapes below are all Chinese auspicious symbols, homophones, and visual puns laden with meaning and wishes for continual good fortune, prosperity and wealth and the protective casting out of demons for the family to reach their goals and wishes for a good life. This pairs well with garden stool 16779.


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  • Antique Glazed Garden Stool, Coin/Taotie Designs, China (16777B-VCEM) $1275

    H: 19”  W: 15”  D: 14” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    Fashioned in a traditional drum/barrel shape, this unusual and ornately decorated antique garden stool is covered with auspicious symbols, and the positive energy from them is believed to be absorbed by the lucky individual who sits on them. Highlighted with pierced decorations and circular reliefs the upper borders of the body of this beautiful stoneware stool is covered with four bands of apple green, white, brown and cobalt blue – an expensive and infrequently used pigment.  The bottom portion is covered in a mustard yellow glaze with pierced and relief images of double coins, tao tieh and florals.


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  • Antique Glazed Opium Pillow, Shiwan, China (3849A-ZHK) $235

    H: 7.25 ”    W: 5 ”    D: 5 ”    | FREE SHIPPING WITHIN CONTINENTAL U.S.!

    This five-sided Shiwan stoneware pillow with slanted top, open bottom, vibrant glazed surface, and etched coin and  diamond design was used for smoking opium as the cool shell cradled the users’ heads and necks and offset the warmth of smoking and the hollow inside stored valuables. We have another which can be paired with it. If a candle is placed inside it emits an amazing shadowy form of a coin, which appealed to those in an opium state.


  • Antique Pair Glazed Stoneware Candle Holders, Shiwan, China(16901CH-CEM ) $785/pr

    H: 13.25″  W: 4.75″  D: 4.75 ” | Call 213-568-3030 for shipping cost

    This pair of beautiful antique apple green gazed stoneware Shiwan candle holders are part of a 5-piece home altar set. Made with rounded, elegant soft corners and having intricate designs in relief against a smooth background, this graceful pair complements the entire altar presentation while creating its own appealing well-proportioned silhouettes.


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  • Antique Pair Glazed Stoneware Vases, Shiwan, China (16901V-CEM) $825/Pair

    H: 11.75″  W: 4.75 ”  D: 4.75 ” | Call 213-568-3030 for shipping cost

    Made with rounded, elegant, soft corners and having intricate designs in relief against a smooth background, this striking and graceful pair of vases will complement the overall presentation of any home They create an appealing, well-proportioned silhouette. A vase, actual or as an image, is commonly seen in Chinese homes as a symbol of peace and safety and the fulfillment of all of one’s wishes. Vase pairs can also used as part of a 5pc altar set when their decorative and/or structural designs are in sync with the other components.


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  • Antique Porcelain Cat Teapot, China (16944B-TLE) $145


    This charming antique white glazed porcelain figurine is a cat teapot with a raised paw with removable head for pouring liquid into the vessel and long sinuous tail as a handle to pour liquid from the opening at the end of the paw. The hand painted design is whimsical and colorful with a thin ribbon-like blue collar and a dangling ornamental bow with black accents defining the face, ears, head and paws.


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