Thursday, September 24, 2009

Antique Chinese Brush Washer and Spoon. Porcelain

Lovely old, white porcelain brush washer, actually a water dipper with spoon to add water on the ink stone for grinding the ink. It is in shape of a toad.

There is a red wax seal at the bottom, stating that it is antique. It has been certified by a Chinese authority in the 1970s.

Size; 2,5 x 1,4 x 1 inches.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

China, Agate Snuff Bottle, attractive Structure.

Beautiful, Chinese Agate snuff-bottle with Jade stopper and spoon.

2,2 x 4 x 1,2 inches. 224 gram.

The snuff-bottle is app. 100 years old, the stopper has been added later

Nice structure of the stone, somehow resembling a landscape. Very fine condition.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Emil Scaria CdV. Photo by Luckhardt.

Austrian bass Emil Scaria (1838 - 1886) made his d├ębut (1860) in Budapest as Saint-Bris (Les Huguenots). He made appearances in Dessau, Leipzig, and Dresden.

In 1863 he appeared with the Leipzig Opera; in 1864 he was working in Dresden. He was engaged by the Vienna State Opera in 1872.

From 1873 until his death Scaria was engaged at the Vienna Hofoper. While in London performing a Ring Cycle he suffered a mental breakdown. He continued to sing but in 1886 he again suffered a mental breakdown and soon after died insane.