Category Archives: Oriental

Elaine Leeming

French 20th century silver gilt throughout ladies combined card/note compact case on chain
with cabuchon sapphire thumbnails. Produced for Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

Elaine Leeming

Fine silver, Art & Crafts silver and metalware, jewellery, pottery including Burmantofts, Linthorpe, Brannam, Bretby, Ruskin, glass including Lalique and Scandinavian designs and some Chinese porcelain.

Elaine Leeming will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Fair on the 8th and 9th June 2018.

For further information or to view, buy or pre-order any of our antiques, e-mail

Marmaduke’s Emporium

The Marmaduke's Emporium stand at the 2016 York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair

The Marmaduke’s Emporium stand at the 2016 York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair

Marmaduke’s Emporium

Dealers in fine 18th, 19th and 20th century ceramics.

Marmaduke’s Emporium will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Fair on the 8 – 9 June 2017.

For further information about stock and an informal discussion, e-mail Marmaduke’s Emporium at

Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques, Decorative and Fine Art Fair 8 – 9 June 2018

York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair – Entry £5

Rose Antiques Fairs Ltd was established to provide York with an annual high quality, dealer led antiques fair.  Our first fair was held at The University of York in June 2015, and we moved to York Racecourse (Postcode YO23 1EX) in 2016 to allow the fair to double in size. Since then the fair has grown to become one of the largest high quality fully stand fitted decorative antiques fairs in Yorkshire, making it a must visit event for any antiques or interior design enthusiast.

The next fair will be held at York Racecourse on Friday 8th – Saturday 9th June 2018. Spread over two floors, there will be an extensive collection of antiques, fine art and decorative wares from the medieval to the modern day.

The fair will be a real day out, and will host a selling exhibition of Blue John jewellery by Treakcliff Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire, along with a series of lectures. Check the website for the full program and times.

The Fair will open at 10am and close at 5pm on both the Friday and the Saturday.

Entrance is £5 per person

There is ample free parking at the venue.


Directions to York Racecourse YO23 1EX

Head towards York along the A64. Take the A1036 (Tadcaster Road) into York and continue towards York.  After approximately 1.8 miles turn right into Knavesmire Road.Continue along Knavesmire Road into Campleshon Road. The carpark will be on the right just as you turn into Campleshon Road.

Selection stands at the 2017 Rose antiques fairs York racecourse antiques Decorative and Fine art fair

Selection of stands at the 2017 Rose Antiques Fairs Ltd York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair.

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The Japanese Netsuke: Form and Function by J.A. Yarwood

Netsuke (pronounced “netskee”) are Japanese functional toggles, often carved and decorated. The kimono, the traditional clothing of the Japanese, had no pockets. Instead a sometimes multi layered box called an Inro was worn, suspended from cords which were pushed up under the Obi, the broad band of fabric that was worn around the waist. The netsuke, through which the cords passed, allowed the suspension of the inro which was used to carry a variety of objects, from seals to medicines.

Hand Carved Wooden NetsukeNetsuke were also used to facilitate the suspension of other items from the obi. Pipe cases, (kiseruzutsu) tobacco boxes and pouches. The collective name for all these items is “sagemono”.

18th Century Ivory Netsuke of SamuraiThe first netsuke were simple sticks or sometimes stones to which the cords were tied, these, over time were replaced by pieces of ivory or bone, still in the traditional stick shape, now with a hole for the cord to pass through. This was called the “himotoshi”. The stick form of netsuke is known as “Sashi”.

Although there are many different forms of netsuke, the most sought after are the “katabori”. These are sculptural netsuke and show a wide range of subjects from mythical creatures, animals, day to day objects and people. Through various levels of research, it is usually possible to identify the meaning behind the carving and sometimes the type of person that would have owned or used the netsuke.

A fine example of this is shown here. This hand carved mid-late nineteenth century ivory netsuke shows two Sennins. A Sennin is a Japanese hermit, known for living Two Seninsin isolation on mountaintops. There are over eight hundred different Sennins in Japanese mythology. The Sennin on the left is Gamma Sennin with his pet toad. He is recognized as a wise man who specialises in medicine. If someone was ill, a member of their family would trek to the top of the mountain to seek his advice. The one on the right is Chokaro Sennin. He is the only Sennin out of eight hundred who travels. He is always depicted with a staff and a gourd, in which he keeps a magical white horse, who will take him wherever he wishes to go.

This is a particularly rare netsuke as Sennins are normally never shown together, so why here? This is one of those rare occasions where it is possible to deduce the kind of person who owned and used the netsuke. He is most likely to have been a traveling Doctor – hence the two Sennins. Anyone who saw his netsuke would have instantly known his profession and would have been able to seek his advice.

Netsuke developed for over three hundred years in Japan and as their use died out at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century, netsuke carvers pushed the boundaries of art and developed them as miniature sculptures. They are an endless source of fascination and delight, but as with all valuable and rare works of art, fakes and forgeries abound and if you wish to build a collection it is always worth buying from a reputable dealer, willing to guarantee authenticity.

Tea Drinking And The Origins of English Porcelain Manufacture

The history of tea drinking in England begins with Portuguese traders importing tea to Portugal. The exotic oriental nature of this new drink, along with its high price, soon brought it to the attention of the Portuguese Royal Court, where tea became highly fashionable. Samual Pepys diary records that small amounts of tea were being imported into England by 1660, but tea didn’t acquire popularity. It took the Restoration of the Monarchy and the marriage of Charles II to the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza in 1662 before tea gained favour in England. Catherine had been brought up with tea in the Portuguese court and brought the tea drinking habit with her to the English court. Very soon tea became fashionable at court from where tea drinking spread to the aristocracy. This led to the East India Company, founded in 1600, making its first order of 100lbs of China tea from Java in 1664. Throughout the rest of the 17th century the amounts of tea shipped into Britain by the East India Tea Company steadily increased, but tea really took off as a popular drink in the 18th century, such that by 1750 the East India Company was shipping in just under 5 million pounds of tea.

During the early to mid 18th century, the East India Trading Company shipped tea along with other goods from China to England. One of the problems with the shipping of perishable commodities from China to England was the length of the voyage. The return trip could take up to 22 months and sea water could get into the holds. In order to use this space profitably, the East India Company and its officers, who traded privately, began to buy inexpensively manufactured Chinese porcelain teaware from dealers in Canton. As the teaware was sea water resistant, it could be used as ballast by packing it into the lower, leaky parts of the hold. The teaware could then be sold at 3-4 times the price paid on arrival in England. The availability of teaware further promoted tea drinking and the sale of tea.

Most of the Chinese porcelain imported by the East India Company was landed at the company wharf at London Bridge and sold via East India House in Leadenhall Street to a group of English merchants referred to as the London Chinamen. This had the effect of centralising the supply of teaware and Chinese porcelain in London.

Chinese porcelain was quite different to English and continental earthenware based ceramics. The Chinese porcelain was hard, glass-like and could withstand large changes in temperature, making it the perfect choice forFigure 1 New Hall Boy With The Butterfly Patterned Tea Bowl and Saucer C1790 tea drinkers. European pottery makers recognised the value of Chinese porcelain and strove to emulate it. In Europe, this was first achieved at Meissen near Dresden in 1709 by the development of a feldspar based paste supplemented with kaolin, fired at high temperatures. The English pottery manufacturers came up with an alternative, so called soft paste porcelain, formed from a combination of clay and frit (ground quartz) fired at lower temperatures than hard paste porcelain. One of the earliest manufacturers of soft paste porcelain was Bow circa 1749. Such was the value of the Bow paste, which incorporated bone ash, that it was said Robert Brown, the founder of Lowestoft, hid in a barrel at the Bow works to watch the mixing of the paste.

Figure 2 Worcester Tea Canister Circa 1770The development of English soft paste porcelains by Bow, Lowestoft, Chelsea, Derby and Worcester, and the later production of hard paste porcelains by New Hall and Keeling allowed English pottery makers to emulate the Chinese porcelains styles/patterns (Figures 1) or Europeanised Chinese styles (Figure 2) by producing tea wares of comparable translucency and quality. This rise in good quality English tea wares combined with an ever increasing import duty on Chinese porcelain, made the continued trade in Chinese tea wares unviable. This resulted in the East India Company ceasing its trade in imported Chinese porcelain in 1798, which left the English tea ware market to the English ceramics manufacturers.