Introduction To Cathay Crystal

by

Virginia B. Evans

Designer of Cathay Crystal


INTRODUCTION TO CATHAY BROCHURE

THE FOLLOWING IS TAKEN FROM A PROMOTIONAL BROCHURE SENT OUT BY IMPERIAL GLASS TO IT'S SALES REPRESENTATIVES TO PROMOTE THE SALE OF CATHAY CRYSTAL.

THE FIRST SECTION IS A PIECE WRITTEN BY VIRGINIA EVANS, AND THE BALANCE ARE THE: DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH PIECE OF CATHAY MADE BY IMPERIAL. THE DRAWINGS ARE COPIES OF THE ONES USED IN THE BROCHURE, AND THE ONES MISS EVANS MENTIONS- IN HER INTERVIEW AS BEING UNSATISFACTORY, THEY ARE REPRODUCED HERE ONLY TO HELP COLLECTORS DISTINGUISH AMONG THE APPROXIMATELY THIRTY-ONE PIECES.

"EAST IS EAST AND WEST IS WEST" - BUT NOW THE -TWAIN ARE MET! PARADOXICAL THOUGH IT SEEMS, IT IS THEIR DIFFERENCES THAT HAVE MADE THE SAME TYPE OF HOME INTERIORS AND FURNISHINGS ACCEPTABLE TO BOTH THE EAST AND WEST.

THE: CHINESE GENTLEMAN LIVED A LIFE OF CONTEMPLATION IN HIS CLOISTERED HOME, SURROUNDED BY GARDENS WHOSE EVERY VISTA HAD BEEN PLANNED TO CREATE A SPECIFIC MOOD. HE HAD A CRITICAL TASTE: ALMOST UNKNOWN TO THE AVERAGE MAN OF THE WEST. EACH DETAIL IN HIS SURROUNDINGS HAD TO BE PERFECT! HE ENJOYED WELL-CHOSEN, WELL-KNOWN THINGS OF BEAUTY IN HIS ACCUSTOMED SURROUNDINGS. THE INTERIOR OF HIS HOME PROVIDED A BROAD SIMPLE SETTING , SO ARRANGED THAT THE MOOD COULD BE VARIED BY SIMPLY CHANGING THE DECORATIVE OBJECTS FROM TIME TO TIME. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN UNTHINKABLE: FOR HIM TO DISPLAY HIS ENTIRE COLLECTION OF JADES, ROCK CRYSTALS AND PORCELAINS ALL AT ONCE. VARIETY WAS, AND STILL IS, JUST AS IMPORTANT AS SIMPLICITY AND PERFECTION.

WE OF THE WEST, IN COMPARISON, ARE A NERVOUS, RESTLESS PEOPLE. OUR HOMES ARE MORE OR LESS WAY-STATIONS, WHERE WE STOP ON OUR DASHINGS TO-AND-FRO IN SEARCH OF SOMETHING EXCITING, DIFFERENT AND NEW. WE LOOK FOR OUR HEART'S DESIRE WHERE THERE ARE CROWDS, NOISE AND EXCITEMENT. WE DC) OUR WORK IN SIMILAR SURROUNDINGS; IT IS OUR NERVES WHICH CRY " DON'T FENCE ME IN," NOT OUR CRITICAL TASTES. WE DEMAND THAT OUR HOMES REFLECT AN ATMOSPHERE OF SPACIOUS RESTFULNESS. FURNITURE ESSENTIAL TO OUR COMFORT, SIMPLE, PERFECTLY PROPORTIONED, FREE OF ELABORATION, IS PLACED AND SPACED IN AN ORDERLY MANNER. LONG LOW CHESTS AND DOUBLE CHESTS NOW REPLACE SIDEBOARD AND CHINA CLOSETS. LOW COFFEE TABLES, END TABLES, ALL OF WHICH HAVE AGE-OLD COUNTERPARTS IN CHINA, FIT INTO THE PICTURE WHICH IS READY TO BE COMPLETED BY THE THINGS THAT MODERN MAN, BEING HUMAN, ALSO COLLECTS. PERHAPS NOT GENUINE JADES,AUTHENTIC ROCK CRYSTAL OR RARE PORCELAINS, BUT, WE HOPE, IMPERIAL'S NEW DECORATIVE: CAT'HAY CRYSTAL!

NO LONGER NEED SCULPTURE BE: CONFINED TO PARKS, MONUMENTS, PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND TOMBS. CHINESE CRAFTSMEN WORKING IN ROCK CRYSTAL AND JADE AND AMBER, MADE INTIMATE BITS OF SCULPTURE WHICH HAVE GIVEN A REFRESHING ACCENT TO THE HOMES OF MANY LANDS FOR COUNTLESS YEARS. IMPERIAL CRAFTSMEN HAVE CREATED IN MOULDED GLASS, SIMILAR OBJECTS OF EQUAL MERIT. CHINA, THAT ANCIENT MODERNIST, KNOWS THE ANSWER To MANY PROBLEMS THAT PLAGUE MODERN DESIGNERS AND ENGINEERS - (1) FUNCTIONALISM AND HARMONY, THAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DECORATION AND THE THING DECORATED AND THE: USE OF ONLY SIGNIFICANT DECORATION, AND (2) TECHNICAL INTEGRITY, BY WHICH WE MEAN, DESIGN SUITABLE FOR THE MATERIAL TO BE USED. ALL ARE FOUND IN EXAMPLES OF THE BRONZE RITUAL VESSELS MADE BY THE OLDEN MEN OF SHANG. FUNCTIONALISM, HARMONY AND TECHNICAL INTEGRITY - ALL THREE SO IMPORTANT, ARE PERFECTLY COMBINED IN CATHAY CRYSTAL!

CHINA'S ART SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTS MAN IN RELATION TO NATURE-AND-THE-UNIVERSE. WESTERN ART IS INTERESTED IN MAN'S RELATION TO THE MACHINE. WE OF TODAY SEEM PRONE TO FORGET THAT MAN HAS DESIGNED, AND MADE EACH MACHINE, WITH THE PRODUCTION OF SOME SPECIFIC OBJECT IN MIND; THE OBJECT TO BE MADE IS FIRST, THEN THE MACHINE IS MADE TO CREATE IT. IN THE ART WORLD TODAY IT IS FASHIONABLE TO SPEAK OF "DESIGNING FOR OUR MACHINE-AGE" AS THOUGH THERE WERE ONE (AND ONLY ONE:) MACHINE FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF EACH TYPE OF OBJECT; CUP, VASE, AND SO ON, AND A DESIGN HAS NOT SEEMED WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION IF IT WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR "THE MACHINE." THE WORD "FACTORY" SEEMS TO CONFUSE THE AVERAGE ART CRITIC WHO KNOWS BUT LITTLE OR NOTHING ABOUT THE HANDICRAFT INDUSTRY OF WHICH IMPERIAL IS A PART. WESTERN ART PORTRAYS THE HUMAN DRAMA; THE ART OF CHINA DEALS WITH A POWER AND PRESENCE: MIGHTIER THAN MAN. THE WEST 15 INTERESTED IN APPEARANCE; THE EAST IN THE SPIRIT.

CHINA POINTS THE: WAY TO A RETURN TO ART BASED ON THE SENSES AND EMOTIONS. MODERN, WESTERN MAN, TENDS TO APPROACH HIS PROBLEMS FROM A SCIENTIFIC AND ANALYTICAL VIEWPOINT. OUR ART REFLECTS THIS AND IT APPEALS TO OUR MINDS AND NOT TO OUR EMOTIONS. CHINESE ART GIVES US CONFIDENCE THAT NATURE: HAS INEXHAUSTIBLE SECRETS FILLED WITH RHYTHMIC BEAUTY. IMAGINATION - THE FANTASY - WHICH IS NEARLY DORMANT IN URBAN MAN, IS THE MAINSPRING OF PRIMITIVE MAN' PSYCHIC LIFE AND ACCOUNTS FOR HIS MYTHS AND THE LEGENDS OF HIS ART. ALTHOUGH HE DOES NOT CREATE THEM, MODERN MAN ENJOYS MYTHS AND FANTASIES; PROOF OF THIS IS THE POPULARITY OF THE DISNEY AND OTHER ANIMATED, TREMENDOUSLY POPULAR CARTOON FILMS,

THE EARLY RECORDS OF CHINA SHOW THAT PRIMITIVE MAN WORSHIPPED A PANTHEON OF DEMES, WHOSE ATTRIBUTES WERE THOSE OF NATURE - SOMETIMES THE FORCE WAS GOOD, BUT USUALLY DESTRUCTIVE AND FEARSOME. THE SYMBOLISM OF SACRIFICIAL VESSELS SHOWS THIS ALSO THEIR FANTASTIC, TWISTED UNREAL ANIMALS REVEAL THAT TO THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THEM, THE TERROR OF NATURAL FORCES WAS A STARK REALITY.

THE RELIGION OF CHINA GREW UP AROUND AND OUT OF THE BELIEF THAT THE SOULS OF THE DEAD CONTINUED TO DWELL ON EARTH. FROM THIS DEVELOPED A RELIGION BASED ON ANCESTOR WORSHIP. HENCE, FILIAL PIETY WAS THE HIGHEST DUTY AND PROFOUND OBLIGATION, AND LED TO THE ERECTION OF COUNTLESS ANCESTRAL TEMPLES, SHRINES AND TOMBS.

THE REQUIREMENTS OF RELIGIOUS RITES PRODUCED QUANTITIES OF ANCESTRAL PORTRAITS, CENSORS, FLOWER VASES, VESSELS FOR WINE AND FOOD, ETC., ALL MADE FOR A DEFINITE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE SHAPE, STYLE AND DECORATION OF THE OBJECT WERE DESIGNED. DECORATION WAS USED FOR ITS SYMBOLISM AND NOT JUST FOR PLEASING APPEARANCE. BUDDHISM, WHICH CAME FROM INDIA, UNITED WITH NATIVE FORMS AND PRODUCED THE BODHISTTVAS. (BO-DE-SOT-WAS) -

THE COMFORT AND HAPPINESS OF THE: IMMORTAL SPIRIT (WHICH REMAINED IN THE TOMB WITH THE BODY) WAS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE. FOR MANY YEARS THE: BRUTAL CUSTOM PREVAILED OF BURYING WITH THE DEAD, THEIR LIVING WIVES, CONCUBINES, SOLDIERS, SERVANTS, ENTERTAINERS, ETC. CONFUCIUS HAD MUCH TO DO WITH BRINGING THIS CUSTOM INTO DISREPUTE AND IT WAS HE WHO ENCOURAGED THE SUBSTITUTION OF LITTLE IMAGES OF STRAW, CLAY OR OTHER SUBSTANCES INSTEAD OF LIVING PERSONS. THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF' THE DECEASED WAS DUPLICATED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE; NOT ONLY IMAGES OF PEOPLE, BUT THE EMPEROR'S HORSES, CATTLE, PETS, GRANARIES AND STORES, WATER WELLS, FURNITURE, PERSONAL BELONGINGS; ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT THE DEPARTED ENJOYED AND USED IN LIFE.

THE IMAGES WHICH REPLACED THE TERRIFIED LIVING VICTIMS, WERE A JOLLY LOT; SMILING MUSICIANS, INGRATIATING DANCERS, GRACIOUS LADIES, AS WELL AS HUSKY SERVANTS - ALL SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF PLEASING, ALL PERSONALLY CONCERNED WITH THE WELFARE OF THE INHABITANT OF THE TOMB, HAPPY TO ENTERTAIN, SERVE AND PROTECT HIM.

THESE TREASURES OF ANCIENT CHINA WERE: HIDDEN UNTIL THE DECLINE OF THE MANCHUS IN THE TS'ING DYNASTY (CH'IEN LUNG WAS A MANCHU) AND THE BOXER REBELLION PERMITTED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SUMMER PALACE AND THE RAPE AND LOOT OF PEKIN.

ANCESTRAL TOMBS AND TEMPLES, WHICH HAD BEEN GUARDED AND PROTECTED FOR CENTURIES, WERE DESECRATED BY THE BUILDING OF THE "FOREIGN" RAILROAD ACROSS CHINA, AND THE TREASURES OF THE EAST BEGAN TO APPEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME, IN WORLD MARKETPLACES, IN ANY APPRECIABLE AMOUNTS, AFTER THE FIRST OF OUR PRESENT CENTURY.

THE ARTIST DESIGNING FOR THE HANDCRAFT INDUSTRIES FINDS A TREASURE-TROVE OF' MATERIAL TO INSPIRE AND STIMULATE IN THE MODERN MUSEUMS OF THIS COUNTRY. NOT ONLY FROM ITEMS DIRECTLY RELATED TO A PARTICULAR PROBLEM, BUT FROM ALL SORTS OF OBJECTS IN THE SAME GENERAL PERIOD AND COUNTRY. THE GLASS DESIGNER DOING RESEARCH IN CHINESE ART CONSULTS THE: FIELD OF THE GLYPTIC ARTS, BRONZE, POTTERY, PORCELAIN, CHINA, TEXTILES, PAINTING, SCULPTURE, ARCHITECTURE AND FURNITURE, AS WELL AS HISTORY AND RELIGION. CHINESE ART IS TIED UP WITH RELIGION IN A MANNER DIFFICULT FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN TO UNDERSTAND. EVERY SINGLE, EXISTING; OBJECT HAS AN INNER, DEEP MEANING!

RESEARCH FOR IMPERIAL'S CATHAY CRYSTAL WAS DONE IN THE FOLLOWING INSTITUTIONS, CONSULTING CURATORS, STUDYING COLLECTIONS AND USING LIBRARY HELPS: METROPOLITAN MUSEUM, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, COOPER UNION, AND BROOKLYN MUSEUM ALL OVER NEW YORK WAY; THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM; THE FIELD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND CHICAGO ART INSTITUTE, BOTH IN CHICAGO: CARNEGIE INSTITUTE IN PITTSBURGH; FREER GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, AND THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, ALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND MUCH TIME WAS SPENT WITH PRIVATE COLLECTORS AND REPUTABLE IMPORTERS OF CHINESE ART OBJECTS.

WE ALSO USED NOTES MADE WHILE IN RESIDENCE AT THE TIFFANY FOUNDATION, SUMMER HOME: OF LOUIS TIFFANY, THE INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN AN FAMOUS JEWELER, WHO HAD A FINE CHINESE COLLECTION.

THE FOLLOWING MAGAZINES WERE USED AS REFERENCES: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC; ASIA; TRAVEL; INTERNATIONAL STUDIO; DESIGN MAGAZINE; MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY MAGAZINE. AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS; AND MUSEUM BULLETINS.

EVER SINCE THE EARLY DAYS OF OUR REPUBLIC, AMERICANS HAVE HAD INTIMATE RELATIONS WITH THE FAR EAST. OUR FIRST IMPORTANONS WERE PURELY UTILITARIAN; TEA, SILKS, TABLE: SERVICES, ETC. THE: SHIP "EMPRESS OF CHINA" MADE THE FIRST VOYAGE TO CHINA IN 1784 AND OPENED UP THE MARKET OF ASIA. AN INTERESTING ACCOUNT OF THIS PERIOD APPEARED SOME TIME AGO IN "TRAVEL MAGAZINE," ENTITLED "A YANKEE IN THE LAND OF CATHAY." THE NAME "CATHAY" IS POPULARLY ACCEPTED AS HAVING BEEN GIVEN TO CHINA BY MARCO POLO.

TS'IN IS AN EARLY NAME OF CHINA. THE FIRST EMPEROR OF THAT PERIOD BUILT THE GREAT WALL. THE ROMANCE OF THE MIGHTY EMPEROR CH'IEN LUNG GIVES A SPLENDID PICTURE OF COURT LIFE AS DOES "THE ANNALS AND MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF PEKIN" AND "CHINA UNDER THE DOWAGER EMPRESS" AND "THE STORY OF THE RED CHAMBER," ABRIDGMENT BY CHI-CHAN WANG..

WE HOPE WE'VE: NOT BORED YOU WITH OUR LITTLE STORY OF THE BEHIND-THE:-SCENES THINKING, STUDY, WORK AND ATTITUDE AT IMPERIAL IN CONNECTION WITH OUR CATHAY CRYSTAL GiFT OBJECTS. INSTEAD, IT IS OUR DESIRE TO INSPIRE AND ACQUAINT YOU WITH THIS MERCHANDISE; TO GIVE YOU, AS YOU JUSTLY DESERVE, ADEQUATE AND FUNDAMENTAL BACKGROUND-KNOWLEDGE OF ITEMS BASED ON CHINESE FEELING AND PHILOSOPHY.

IT'S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO DISCOVER WHICH OF- YOU AND WHAT STORES OVER THE COUNTRY DO THE BEST SELLING JOB ON CATHAY. WE OF' IMPERIAL FEEL THAT INTELLIGENT AND SUCCESSFUL RETAIL SALES EFFORT IN THE FUTURE, WILL HAVE TO BE MORE-AND-MORE STEEPED IN AND BACKED-UP WITH FUNDS OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT'ALL PRODUCTS OFFERED TO THE CONSUMER. AT THE SAME TIME WE FEEL THAT PRODUCERS, MANUFACTURERS, MUST ALSO GET A WISER ON SUCH SCORE. I HOPE MY WORK WITH IMPERIAL WILL ALLOW ME TO EVENTUALLY MEET EACH OF YOU, SEE YOUR STORE, AND VISIT WITH YOU.

CORDIALLY,

B. EVANS

DESIGNER OF CATHAY CRYSTAL



CATHAY DRAWINGS

 

500 CONCUBINE BOOK-ENDS

INSPIRED BY AN AUTHENTIC ANCIENT CLAY FIGURE FROM AN IMPERIAL TOMB OF' THE T'ANG DYNASTY, WHOSE OBVIOUS PLEASANT DUTY WAS TO ENTERTAIN THE SPRITS OF THE DEPARTED WHO RULED OLD CHINA FROM ABOUT 618-907 A.D. THESE ROYAL CATHAY CRYSTAL GIRLS (MUSICIAN-CONCUBINES), ARE FINE EXAMPLES OF PROUD AMERICAN CRYSTAL CRAFTSMANSHIP IN COMBINATION WITH INTELLIGENT DESIGN - TREASURE THEM FOREVER!

 

5001 CATHAY PAGODA

THE SACRED TOWERS AND TEMPLES OF Ts'IN OF THE ANCIENT DAYS, THAT CATHAY COUNTRY NORTH OF THE YANC-TZE VALLEY, HAVE BEEN USED FOR AGES AS DESIGN LEGEND. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, COMES THIS BEAUTIFUL CRYSTAL JAR PROMPTED BY STUDY Or CEREMONIAL CANISTERS FOR GRAIN OR CEREAL, USED IN THE LAND OF MANGI DURING THE SHANG DYNASTY, 1766-1122 B.C. USE: IT FOR PURELY DECORATIVE: PURPOSES OR FOR SWEETMEATS; REMOVE THE COVER AND USE BOTH THE TEMPLE HOUSE AND THE SEPARATE PODIUM-LIKE FOUNDATION-PLATFORM FOR FLOWERS OR AS-YOUR IMAGINATION WILL DICTATE. THE DRAGONS ON THIS JAR ARE SYMBOLICAL OF SPIRITUAL FORCES AND THOSE WHO HAVE CREATED CATHAY CRYSTAL SEE THEIR INFLUENCE AS GOOD RATHER THAN EVIL. NICE FOR ANNIVERSARIES!

 

5002 SHANG CANDY JAR

FOR YOUR CONFECTIONS, OR WITHOUT THE COVER FOR YOUR OWN ORIGINAL FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS, THIS IS A MOST HANDSOME AND INTERESTING ORNAMENT. HAND CRAFTED FROM AN ORIGINAL EVANS DESIGN, BASED UPON WEEKS OF STUDY OF CERAMIC FOOD VESSELS USED IN THE SHANG PERIOD OF ABOUT 1500 B.C., IT WILL FOREVER PRODUCE: PRIDE OF POSSESSION, YES, IT IS SIGNED BY THE ARTIST DESIGNER AS ARE ALL CATHAY CRYSTAL PIECES (EXCEPT THE VERY SMALL ONES ON WHICH THERE IS NOT ADEQUATE SIGNATURE SPACE).

 

5004 YANG ANDNN ASH TRAY

SIMPLE, PERFECT DESIGN FROM A DIAGRAM DRAWN IN THE AGED DAYS OF THE COURT OF CH'IF-N LUNG, AROUND 1750 A.D., SPRINGS THE STORY OF THE Creation OF THIS LOVELY ASH TRAY. THE SHAPE SPEAKS TO US OF THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE PRINCIPLES OF THE CREATION OF LIFE, THE UNIVERSAL, THE ETERNAL LIFE. WE FOUND THIS SYMBOLISM REPRESENTED IN THE ANCIENT DIAGRAM OF AND EGG, SHOWING THE YOLK AND WHITE STRONGLY DIFFERENTIATED. YANR, WAS THE MALE ELEMENT (SUN) - POSITIVE, BRIGHT, BENEFICIAL! YIN WAS THE FEMALE ELEMENT (MOON) AND SHE WAS NEGATIVE, DARK, EVIL. WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO RELATE THE BIOLOGICAL, THE SPIRITUAL OR THE PURELY SYMBOLICAL CHAPTER OF THIS DESIGN LEGEND, YOU HAVE ANOTHER DELIGHTFUL CONVERSATIONAL PIECE IN THIS EXQUISITE BIT OF IMPERIAL'S FINE CATHAY CRYSTAL.

 

5006 BUTTERFLY ASH TRAYS

DECORATIVE:? BEAUTIFULLY SO. FUNCTIONAL? YES . THE BUTTERFLY IS A CHINESE CUPID. IT SYMBOLIZES LONG LIFE AND HAPPINESS. THUS THIS FOUR PIECE SET IS A PERFECT CHOICE AS A BRIDAL SHOWER GIFT, A WEDDING PRESENT, A BIRTHDAY PRESENT, AN APPROPRIATE VALENTINE GIFT FOR HER. THE CIGARETTE IS HELD IN THIS TRAY IN COMPLETE SAFETY - SO CLOSELY DID DESIGNER AND MANUFACTURER WORK TOGETHER THAT THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT SACRIFICING A SIT OF THE PRECIOUS DESIGN. HERE IS A STRIKING EXAMPLE OF THE PRIDE-INTRODUCTION-AND-PRESENTATION OF THE SKILLED CRAFT ARNSANS WHO MADE POSSIBLE CATHAY CRYSTAL.

 

5007 PLUM BLOSSOM ASH TRAYS

THESE WILL THRILL YOU! A FOUR-PIECE SET DESIGNED FOR INDIVIDUAL BRIDGE, BOUDOIR TRAY OR TABLE USE. THEY ALSO SERVE AS PLACE CARD HOLDERS. HERE YOU AGAIN SEE FUNCTIONAL-ORNAMENTAL DESIGN EMPLOYED PERFECTLY. A VERY VALUABLE AND VERY OLD WHITE: JADE BOWL INSPIRED THIS DESIGN. THE SYMBOLISM OF THE BLOSSOM USED ON THIS ITEM IS MATURITY, AGE SAGACITY, AS WELL AS SINCERE WISHES FOR SUCCESSFUL ENDEAVOR. A GIFT THAT WILL LONG BE LOVED!

 

5008 PEACH BLOSSOM MINT OR NUT SET

FROM THE MODERN OR LATER PART OF THE T'SING DYNASTY ( 1644-1 9 I I A.D.) CAME A CHINESE CARVED ROCK-CRYSTAL, PEACH BLOSSOM ORNAMENT THAT FAIRLY SHOUTED THE POSSIBILITY OF ADAPTING THE DESIGN IDEA TO A PERFECT LITTLE INDIVIDUAL SALT, NUT, MINT OR TINY ASH TRAY. THE PEACH BLOSSOM IS THE: OLD CHINESE: SYMBOL FOR LONG LIFE, GOOD HEALTH. A PERFECT BIRTHDAY GIFT IS THIS FOUR PIECE SET. EVERY WOMAN WILL ADORE IT! PACKED IN A BEAUTIFUL GIFT BOX AS ARE ALL PIECES OF CATHAY CRYSTAL. EACH PACKAGE CONTAINS AN ILLUSTRATED DESIGN STORY OF EVERY ITEM.

 

5010 JUNK FLOWER BOWL

THE CHINESE BOAT CALLED A JUNK HAS LONG BEEN A FAVORITE SUBJECT OF CATHY GLYPnc ARTIST. THE BAMBOO ROD CONSTRUCTION IS TYPICAL. IN THAT FAR COUNTRY OF SO MANY DESIGN TREASURES, BAMBOO SIGNIFIES AND PROMISES VITALITY AND LONGEVITY. ISN'T THAT SYMBOLISM APPROPRIATE IN RELATIONSHIP TO A FLOWER BOWL? IT WILL TAKE NEARLY ANY STEM ARRANGEMENT YOUR FLOWER IMAGINATION CAN CONJURE AND ALMOST ALL COMMERCIAL FLOWER BLOCKS OR ANCHORS CAN BE PLACED IN IT. DON'T YOU LIKE A FLOWER BOWL THAT IS BEAUTIFULLY AND REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT? OUR SOURCE WAS AN ANCIENT HAND-CARVED RHINOCEROS-HORN JUNK. THIS FLOWER VESSEL IS A MOST CHARMING Mother's DAY GIFT.

 

5011 WU LING ASH TRAY

ARE: NO "OBVIOUS" CIGARETTE RESTS ON THIS DRAGON PIECE, AND NONE ON ANY OTHER CATHAY ASH TRAY, YET CIGARETTES IN THIS ONE, AS WELL AS IN OUR OTHER TRAYS, REST PERFECTLY, NATURALLY AND SAFELY AT MANY PLACES. DESIGN IS CLEVERLY FUNCTIONAL WHEN WELL DEVELOPED AS IN THESE CRYSTAL ACCESSORIES! OUR EXCLUSIVE FINISH IS NOT MARRED BY USAGE AND ENDEARS ITSELF TO YOUR HEART AS TIME PASSES. ANOTHER FAR EAST DRAGON, OLD Wu LING, A BLACK SCOUNDREL, FIRST COUSIN OF OOOLONG THE WORST OF THE BLACK ONES, GAVE US THE DESIGN IDEA IN THIS INSTANCE. WE'VE DELIBERATELY TRIED TO CAPTURE SOME OF HIS SPIRIT OF DEVILMENT.

 

5012 KU RIBBON VASE

INSPIRED BY THE KU, AN ANCIENT RITUAL VASE, BUT SINCE THE T'ANG DYNASTY USED AS AN ALTAR FLOWER HOLDER. THE RIBBON HANDLE DECORATION WAS SUGGESTED TO US BY AN I 8TH CENTURY BLOSSOM VASE. THIS IS AN INTRIGUING FLOWER VESSEL AND CAN ALSO BE USED AS A HOLDER FOR A FRUIT DISPLAY OR CENTERPIECE. REMEMBER, THERE ARE SEVERAL CANDLE HOLDERS IN CATHAY CRYSTAL WHICH MAY BE USED WITH THIS VASE AND THE OTHER BOWLS AND VASES WE PRESENT! THIS PIECE, AS ALL CATHAY ITEMS, WILL READILY COMBINE WITH YOUR PRESENT ACCESSORIES OR BE PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL ALONE!

 

5013 PILLOW CANDLE BASES

THESE CANDLE BASES WERE DESIGNED AFTER INTENSIVE RESEARCH AND STUDY OF CHINESE PILLOWS. AN ESPECIALLY LOVELY ONE, IN PORCELAIN, WHICH WE BELIEVE CAME FROM THE HOUSEHOLD OF THE EXOTIC HSIANG FEI, FINALLY INSPIRED US TO DO THESE CRYSTAL CANDLE HOLDERS. THE FRAGRANT ONE, HSIANG FE[, FOREIGN SORCERESS WHO ENRAPTURED THE MIGHTY SUN OF HEAVEN, CH'IEN LUNG, HAD LAVISHED UPON HER THE FINEST OF THE EMPEROR'S TREASURES AND MUCH OF THE BEST OF AVAILABLE ART WORKS OF THOSE DAYS. GRACE SIMPLICITY, PURE DESIGN, ONCE AGAIN ENTRUSTED TO SKILLED CRYSTAL CRAFTSMEN, WHO HAVE PRODUCED AN APPEALING GIFT FOR THOSE WHO APPRECIATE FINE THINGS!

 

5014 BAMBOO URN

A CHINESE ARCHITECTURAL CLAY MODEL GRANARY, OF ABOUT THE YEAR 800 A.D., WAS THE SOURCE OF THE DESIGN FOR THIS ATTRACTIVE CATHAY CRYSTAL URN-JAR. FOR BON-BONS, FOR STRICTLY DECORATIVE USE, OR MINUS THE COVER, AS A STUNNING FLOWER OR FRUIT BOWL, THIS DISTINCTIVE rim WILL BE MOST PLEASING. WHY THE ORIGINAL CLAY MODEL WAS MADE OVER 1000 YEARS AGO IS STILL A MYSTERY. WAS THE ARTIST A YOUNG APPRENTICE ? WAS IT THE WORK OF A MASTER FOR A ROYAL ART PIECE NEVER AN ACTUAL REALITY? LET'S CHOOSE THE LATTER ANSWER AND AGREE THAT MISS EVANS HAS, IN HER INSPIRAT10N FROM ANTIQUITY, GIVEN US A SUPERB URN.

 

5016 FU WEDDING VASE

THIS OCTAGON PAKU VASE IS A CHOICE WEDDING PRESENT! THE PRINCIPAL DECORATION IS A PAIR OF MANDARIN DUCKS, SYMBOLIC OF WEDDED BLISS AND SOME LOTUS BLOSSOMS MEANING PURITY. ON THE OTHER FACE OF THE VASE ARE FOUND CRANES AND CLOUDS. THE CRANE MEANS LONG LIFE AND IS SHOWN ENROUTE AS A MESSENGER OF GOOD OMEN FROM THE GODS. THE SMALL BATS ON THE SIDE OF THIS VASE SYMBOLIZE MUCH HAPPINESS. HERE IS A GIFT THAT WILL INDEED BE CHERISHED! OUR DESIGN STORY IS BASED ON THE FOLK LORE OF OLD CATHAY.

 

5017 EGRETTE

RARE STEM-LEGGED BIRDS HAVE LONG BEEN FAVORITES IN MODERN CHINESE WHITE PORCELAINS. HERE THE DESIGN IS STRIKING AND NOT AT ALL OF THE ORDINARY. SHE IS THE DIMINUTIVE IN THE HERON FAMILY. A DECORATIVE ORNAMENT STANDING ALONE OR IN PAIR. USED SINGLY IN FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS, ON BOOK SHELVES, IN SHADOW BOXES, IT WILL PLEASE THROUGH THE YEARS. ALREADY ACCLAIMED THE BEST OF CRYSTAL BIRD DESIGNS.

 

 

5018 PILLOW CIGAR SET

THIS CIGARETTE BOX, AND ITS TWO COMPANION ASH TRAYS, COMPRISING THE CATHAY CRYSTAL SMOKING SET, ARE DESIGN-BASED ON THE: OLDE-N-TIME CHINESE PILLOWS. OUR BOX APPEARS TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR WEDDING PILLOWS. THE FREE- FLOW OF- LINE AND SURFACE ON BOTH BOX BASE AND TRAYS IS, WE ARE TOLD, OUTSTANDING IN CURRENT DESIGN. WE SUBMIT THIS SET AS NEARLY PERFECT PIECES OF SCULPTURED CRYSTAL ART. ON ANY OCCASIONAL TABLE, THEY WILL BECOME DECORATIVE JEWELS. A MOST ATTRACTIVE: GIFT FOR ANY HOST AND HOSTESS!

 

5019 MING JAR

STUDENTS OF CHINESE ARTWARE WILL IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE THIS GORGEOUS LITTLE DECORATIVE JAR AS A BASIC MING SHAPE. THAT'S EXACTLY AS WAS INTENDED. WITHOUT A DOUBT, IT'S ONE OF THE FINEST IN THIS COLLECTION OF CATHY CRYSTAL PIECES. IT'S A HANDBLOWN ITEM AND THE FINISH IS DELICATELY SHADED AND INTENSELY PLEASING. THE SIMPLICITY OF OLE) CHINESE DESIGN IS FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND. THIS MING-SHAPED JAR WILL BE APPRECIATIVELY RECEIVED BY LOVERS OF THINGS FINE AND BEAUTIFUL. PERFECT AS A "THANK YOU" GIFT.

 

5024 SCOLDING BIRD

No, YOU'RE WRONG! THIS IS NOT A BLUE JAY! HE'S IMPERIAL'S CATHY CRYSTAL SCOLDING BIRD. SIMILAR BIRDS YOU'VE NO DOUBT SEEN, BUT NEVER THIS ONE! PRIOR TO THE LATE MING AND Ts'iNG DYNASTIES, ANIMALS OR BIRDS WERE REPRESENTED IN CHINESE SCULPTURE, ONLY BECAUSE THEY HAD A RITUALISTIC SIGNIFICANCE IN THE LAND OF CATHAY. LATER, EMPHASIS WAS GIVEN THEM FOR THEIR MATERIAL BEAUTY AND DECORATIVE QUALITY AND VALUE. THEY MAKE CHARMING PIECES IN THE HOME:. ONE CAN MAKE USE OF THIS SCOLDING BIRD IN MANY INTERESTING WAYS. DON'T YOU AGREE:?

 

5026 PHOENIX BOWL

AN ANTIQUE: JADE- ORNAMENT POSSESSED BY THE COURT OF CH'IEN LUNG FURNISHED THE IDEA FOR THE DESIGN OF THIS FLOWER, CANDY, MINT, NUT AND FRUIT HOLDER. IN CHINESE LEGENDS THIS E--AGLE-LIKE, PURPLE-AND-GOLD BIRD WAS SUPPOSED TO APPEAR EVERY 500 YEARS FROM ARABIA OR INDIA; IT NESTED ON THE ALTAR OF ANCIENT GODS, WAS CONSUMED BY FIRE, YET ROSE AGAIN FROM ITS ASHES, YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL. THE SYMBOLISM IS, OF COURSE, IMMORTALITY AND RESURRECTION. THE BIRD ALSO MEANT PERFECTION. AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF SUCCESSFUL MODERN EFFORT TO PRODUCE FINE ARTWARE IN FINE AMERICAN-MADE:, HANDMADE CRYSTAL. IT HAS WARMTH OF DESIGN ---- STUDY IT!

 

5027 WEDDING LAMPS

CH'IE:N LUNG (1736-1765 A.D.) HAD, AS DID MANY OF CHINA'S RULERS, REAL APPRECIATION FOR FINE ART PIECES. HE ONCE PRESENTED A VERY VALUABLE PAIR OF PORCELAIN WEDDING LAMPS TO THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN KIANGSU. THEY WERE OUR INSPIRATION FOR THESE CATHAY CRYSTAL CANDLE LAMPS. THE CHIMNEY BASES ARE DECORATED WITH SYMBOLS ORIGINATING IN 'DEBT AND THE VERY, VERY OLD CHINESE DECORATIVE DEVICE, "THE SLEEPING SILK WORM." WHAT A WONDERFUL WEDDING GIFT! ONE OF- THE INTERESTING FEATURES OF CATHAY CRYSTAL ITEMS IS THAT THEY WILL HARMONIZE WITH ANY DECORATION SCHEME AND BE AT HOME IN ANY SETTING.

 

5029 EMPRESS BOOK-STOPS

IN EARLY PORTRAYALS OF BODHISATTVAS DURING THE WEI DYNASTY, 220-590 A.D., WE FOUND DESIGN SOURCE FOR THESE BOOK-E:NDS. BODHISATTVAS WERE THOSE WHO IN EARLY-DAY CHINA, BECAUSE OF THEIR WISDOM, MERCY, VIRTUES, MEDITATIONS AND TENDERNESS WERE THOUGHT OF AS CANDIDATES FOR BUDDHASHIP, FUTURE BUDDHAS, SAVIORS-TO-BE OF THE WORLD. IN THE LATER EIGHTH CENTURY THE FIGURES THEN BEING PRODUCED BY CHINESE ARTISTS TO REPRESENT THE OLDEN-DAY BODHISATTVAS HAD BECOME: SO CHARMING, GRACIOUS, GENTLE AND FEMININE IN POSE AND APPEARANCE, THAT ONE SOUR OLD CATHAY PHILOSOPHER COMPLAINED THAT EVERY COURT WANTON IMAGINED HERSELF A BODHISATTVA! THIS ONE WILL BE A MOST ATTRACTIVE BOOKEND. HER PERSONAL STORY WE LEAVE FOR YOU TO ORIGINATE- AND TELL!

 

5030 LU--TUNG BOOK HOLDERS

AS A GIFT FOR A PERSPICACIOUS GENTLEMAN, WE RECOMMEND THIS HANDSOME SET OF CATHAY CRYSTAL BOOK-HOLDERS. INSPIRED By LU--TIJNC;-PIN, WHO WAS ONE OF THE EIGHT IMMORTALS OF TAOISM. HE IS EASILY RECOGNIZED BY HIS INGENIOUS HEAD-DRESS. HE WAS BORN AE30UT 798 A.D., AND HISTORIANS SAY THAT THE FIRE DRAGON PRESENTED Lu-'TIJNC; WITH A SWORD THAT RENDERED HIM INVISIBLE AMONG THE CLOUDS. AFTER ATTAINING IMMORALITY HE TRAVERSED THE WORLD FOR MORE THAN FOUR-HUNDRED YEARS, KILLING EVIL DRAGONS AND RENDERING SERVICE,IN THE REALMS OF MAGIC AND ALCHEMY. CAN'T YOU SEE HOW THIS SET WILL DELIGHT THE AIR-MINDED MAN YOU KNOW?

 

5033/34 CANDLE SERVANTS

MORE ATTRACTIVE CRYSTAL CANDLE HOLDERS CANNOT BE FOUND! THIS PAIR OF AMIABLE SERVANTS WILL EXCITE CLEVER TALK FOR LONG PERIODS, CONTRIBUTE BEAUTY AND THE UNUSUAL TO YOUR TABLE AND SERVE YOU WELL! THEIR UNAFFECTED, HEARTY WILLINGNESS OF MANNER DISTINGUISHES THEM AS PERSONS FROM THOSE OF THE RESERVED NOBILITY OF OLD CATHAY. WE: FIRST FOUND THEM, IN DIFFERENT APPEARANCE OF COURSE, AS LITTLE CLAY FIGURES FROM IMPERIAL TOMBS OF- THE 618-907 A. D. YEARS. THEY HAD BEEN PLACED THERE: (IN SUBSTITIJT10N FOR LIVING SERVANTS FORMERLY BURIED WITH THEIR MASTERS) TO SERVE THE SPIRITS OF DECEASED ROYAL LORDS. NOTE THE CARVED, FLOWING ELEGANCE OF THESE FIGURINES.

 

5038 CELESTIAL CENTER PIECE

THIS ELEVATED FLOAT BOWL IS PRESENTED FOR FLOWERS, FRUITS. OR AS A BUFFET PIECE. PLACE: ON IT A CATHAY CANDLE SERVANT, THE EGRET OR THE SCOLDING BIRD TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE! THE FOUNDATION OR BASE IS A SEPARATE PIECE AND ALONE IS A DAINTY AND INTERESTING ITEM. ITS DECORATIVE DEVICE is WAVES. THE PLATE-BOWL IS EXCELLENTLY CARVED By FRANZ HESS. CEREMONIAL ROBE EMBROIDERY, CLOUDS, THE FOOD FOR GODS - SACRED FUNGUS, JOLLY GOOD LUCK BATS, ALL COMBINE TO MAKE FOR HARMONY AND A BEAUTIFULLY DONE CRYSTAL ACCESSORY. THE CLOUDS SUGGEST THE HEAVENS; THE WAVES ARE OF ETERNITY. ANOTHER CONVERSATION PROVOKING GIFT WITH ADMIRABLE UTILITY VALUE.

 

5085 PAVILION TRAY

THE CARVED DECORATIONS ON THIS LARGE BUFFET PLATE WERE SUGGESTED BY THE PEACHES OF IMMORTALITY WHICH GREW IN THE WESTERN PARADISE ON THE BORDER OF THE LAKE OF GEMS. THEY WERE FOOD FOR THE IMMORTALS AT THE SEASON OF RIPENING WHICH WAS ONLY ONCE EVERY 3,000 YEARS. THE BATS MEAN HAPPINESS; THE TREE PEONY MEANS SPRINGTIME, FEMININE BEAUTY AND HAPPINESS; THE WATER WORN-ROCKS SPEAK OF LONG LIFE; THE SACRED FUNGUS IS FOOD FOR THE GODS; THE JADE- STONE- IS THE JEWEL OF HEAVEN. THE PAVILION IS APPROPRIATED TO AMUSEMENT AND JOY. TRULY A PARTY PLATE! A PIECE DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR ENTERTAINING! MAGNIFICENTLY CARVED BY IMPERIAL'S FRANZ HESS.

 


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