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Guanyin Porcelain Statues
The James A. Thomas Collection
Chinese, Gift of Mrs. Douglas A. MacArthur

Holding lotus blossoms, this porcelain pair of Guanyin wear necklaces and stand on lotus petals. The statues frequently come in pairs and smaller…

Guanyin Statues
The James A. Thomas Collection
Chinese, Qianlong Period (1735-1795)

This pair of Guanyin figures are from the Fujian province, famous for the quality of its "blanc de Chine" porcelain production. According to myth, Guanyin…

Porcelain Vases
Chinese, Qianlong period (1735-1795)
The James A. Thomas Collection

Delicate floral designs and medallions feature figures in landscapes. Delicate and subdued pastels, as well as the stylized design of the vines and lotus…

Porcelain Urns
The James A. Thomas Collection
1'-8" high, 7.5" base, 12" at the widest point (one urn has been reconstructed)

On the mantel of the south fireplace are a pair of urns, decorated with medallions against a background of flowers and…

Porcelain Urns with Mythical Beasts
The James A. Thomas Collection
Qing Dynasty, during the reign of Kangxi, 1622-1723, 1'-6" high, 12" wide

On the mantel of the north fireplace are a pair of urns with lids, which date from the Qing Dynasty,…

Porcelain Lion or Fo lamps
Date from mid-Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 18" tall (35" tall including lampshade)
The James A. Thomas Collection

A pair of green porcelain lions from the same period, mid-Qing Dynasty, are mounted as lamps and stand on…

Pilgrim Flask
The James A. Thomas Collection
Gift of Mrs. Douglas A. MacArthur, 1970

This modern flask shaped vase is hand painted porcelain. A bird rests on a branch as a peony blooms on one side of the vase, and Chinese characters are…

Ishii Vases, Meiji Period (Japan), 1868-1912, 24"x 18"
Gift of the Mrs. James A. Thomas Estate
Two large enameled vases stand on top of the teakwood chests on either side of the north wall fireplace. The vases are cloisonné, dating from the Meiji…

White Bowl
Gift from the Office of Nannerl O. Keohane
President of Duke University (1993-2004)
Presentation to the University, date unknown

Blue and White Bowl
Gift from the Office of Nannerl O. Keohane
President of Duke University (1993-2004)
Presentation to the University, date unknown
 

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