War horses were the pride of the Tang (AD 618-907), a dynasty of prosperity, military expansion and artistic achievement. Tang emperors were known for their openness to new ideas about art, religion, philosophy and music, unlike most Chinese dynasties which tried to cut off their empire from outside influences. Since the horse was so revered culturally, it was often the subject of artistic endeavors during this time. Among the most treasured Tang art figures were ceramic horses glazed in cobalt blue since they comprised such a small percentage of all Tang horses. Cobalt was an extremely expensive commodity from the Middle East that was even more valuable than gold. Its use meant the horse was created for someone of the highest rank. While the price of blue has decreased over the years, the use of the color still renders this figurine the pride of any Tang nobleman. Sapphire blue fishnet combined with the blue coloration of the chrysanthemum pattern on the blanket offset by the 24 karat gold highlights throughout the body make for a very saturated and intense figurine. Handmade and hand-painted in Hungary on white porcelain. Limited Edition of 150. Measures 14"l x 12"h.
Item #: VHSP2505347000
Catalog HotKey: AG278
Blue doves with gold flecks and stripes are handmade, mouth-blown glass from the Venetian island of Murano. Artisans create these famed Murano glass sculptures by firing their unique glass mixture in a special furnace and adding different minerals to provide the color.
Made from fine quality 18k white gold, these shark cufflinks are a fierce addition to your collection. With a moving jaw and popping diamond eyes weighing a total of 0.5 cts., these quirky cufflinks are unique and great for the man who has everything.
Stunning square tray-style tables (tray is fixed) are hand-stenciled, then handpainted in America in a floral Chinoiserie design with gold accents on either black or red. Bamboo-style legs are tapered have decorative fretwork.
Measures 31 ¼" square x 19" h.
This attractive lamp feels like spring with its vibrant poppies on sky blue background. Handmade and handpainted in Italy. Comes with white linen shade and black rosewood stand.
Measures 30 ½" h x 8 ½" w. 18" w at base of shade.
Blue Shòu features design elements adapted from Mottahedeh's iconic and historic Blue Canton pattern and applied to newer contemporary shapes that echo the lines of the earlier pattern. The word Shòu (pronounced "show") is the Chinese word for long life. The evergreen tree appears as the key design element throughout, symbolizing longevity and endurance. The design uses classic cobalt on bright white high fire porcelain. Blue Shòu is dishwasher safe and microwave safe.
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