8 Exquisite Chinese Yixing Zisha Pottery Nuts Walnut, Peanut, Water Caltrop, EtcI have for sale a collection of 8 various vintage/antique Chinese Yixing pottery nuts & seeds made of various clay material. I do not purport to know from what time period these are from. This set appears to be museum quality with a very exquisite detailing. You would almost think they are real - as I did when I first picked these up. The objects depicted include; almond, peanut, water caltrop (bat nut?), water chestnut, large chestnut seed,? walnut, what looks like a gourd seed (water jug) and a watermelon seed. I believe I now have these fairly priced to sell.
Perfected by Master Potter Chen Mingyuan in the 18th century, these small sets of seeds are nice examples of the Chinese art of using objects of nature and incorporating them into Yixing wares. Objects of this type can be seen in museums worldwide and are highly sought after by collectors. The tradition of this art form continued into the 20th century with the Rong family of potters. Based upon the detailing some of these look like they might be from the late Qing dynasty, none are signed that I can see, so statistically, the probability is low. This set features the type of high quality pottery one would expect of an artisan of high standing. I will let you be the final judge or this.
There is no dish or case for these. The gourd seed has a chip at the tip and natural "cracks" from shrinkage over time of the clay material. The watermelon seed looks to have a small flea bite. The chestnut looks to have tip losses, possibly from shrinkage of the clay material. The almond has edge wear. These may not have originally been a set, but rather a collected grouping so age may vary from piece to piece.
Look closely at the quality and high detail on these pieces. Comparable quality pieces have sold for well over $3000.00 in an auction setting. There are no noted artist stamps.
Provenance is not available. I can only tell you these were in a storage locker I purchased about 2 years ago in Hampstead NC. It was a small 5x10 unit that apparently family members placed some personal affects of the father. The father was a dealer in Chinese antiquities though very little material was included in the unit. Mostly what were found were Sotheby's and other auction house materials with notes on the various Chinese items for sale, various catalogs, lots of books, personal affects, receipts etc along with a small grouping of genuine antique Chinese bits which were randomly found in boxes, desk drawers and a jewelry box. All of these materials have been sold already. I set these aside until I found some time to research them. These come in the pictured men's jewelry accessory box from the circa 1970's time period in which they were stored.
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This item condition is good overall condition.
This item will be shipped via USPS Parcel Post.
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Tags: Collectible cultural, Return, Used
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