All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #594674
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This Chinese Carved Cinnabar lacquer vase measures 7 inches tall by 3 3/4 inches in diameter.

It dates from the Ching Dynasty (1644 -1911).

It is ornately carved overall with scrolling leaf and plant motifs and mountain landscapes with trees and robed sages.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of an irregularity at the base near the brass bottom rim.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #118067 (stock #TR0205)
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This outstanding carved seated Buddha or Hotai is carved from one piece of banded agate.

It measures about 3 1/4 inches (8.5 cm) in diameter. It is in excellent condition and has a few natural inclusions in the stone itself.

A banded agate water dropper of similar size, period and markings was offered at auction by Christies Hong Kong on Jan 16-17, 1989 (lot #389) with an estimate of HK $10-15,000. ($1200-$1800 US)

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1492 item #499954
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This charming old jade of a monkey riding a horse is carved from white nephrite and has multi colored old brown oxidation remaining in many of the crevices. It measures 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 inches or 6.8 x 4.5 x 2.1 centimeters.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #627681 (stock # (scr1024))
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This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 18 by 27 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 21 by 66 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Qi Xin, along with one or two additional seals which may be collector's seals.

The subject is chicks feeding beneath a palm leaf and a persimmon branch hanging heavy with ripe fruit.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #291671
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This outstanding antique nephrite jade carving measures 2 1/2 inches (68 mm) by 1 1/2 inches (33 mm) by 3/4 inch (20 mm).

It has colors that range from pale celadon green through blue / gray green with areas of brown suffusions (oxidation) on the top of the head and the back of the neck.

Although we are listing this as a Song Dynasty to Ming Dynasty carving in the style of the hardstone carvings of Neolithic or Pre Dynastic China, it actually may be much earlier than that. If it turns out to be an earlier jade carving (Neolithic to Shang), it's value can be adjusted upwards by a great deal.

This totemic figure is a combination of a dragon's head and the body of a cicada or grasshopper.

The buyer will be extremely pleased. The photos do not do it justice. This is a lovely, soft, tactile jade carving and may well have been either a fondling piece or worn for a very long time.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1900 item #82009 (stock #TR0104)
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This original, framed oil on canvas measures 25 by 33 inches. It is signed T. Golwig in the lower right corner.

It is in EXCELLENT CONDITION with a slight craquelure.

This original oil painting is guaranteed to date to the 19th century. The frame is somewhat later.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1083312
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This Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figure of the God Mahakala measures 7.75 inches tall( 9.5 inches with stand) by 5.5 inches wide by approximately 3.75 inches in depth.

It dates to the 17th or 18th Century (circa 1600-1795).

It is outstanding condition and has almost all of it's original gilding. It also has much of it's original red coloration on the hair, mouth and religious artifact it carries.

It sits on a dark wooden stand.


Mahakala is a Dharmapala (a protector of dharma) in Vajrayana Buddhism, and also known as a deity in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, particularly in the Vajrayana school.

Mahakala is included in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

He is depicted in a number of variations, each with distinctly different qualities and aspects.

He is also considered to be one of the incarnations of Avalokiteshvara.

Mahakala is also known as Daheitian in China and Daikokuten in Japan.

Mahakala belongs to the fourth hierarchy of deities. In Hinduism, Mahakala is related to Shiva the saguna incarnation of Para Brahman.

Various Four-armed Mahakalas are considered to be the primary protectors of the Karma Kagyu, Drikung Kagyu and the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Mahakala is almost always depicted with a crown of five skulls, which represent the transmutation of the five negative afflictions into the five wisdoms.

This particularly detailed example of Mahakala has three heads looking in all directions and one more above the other three.

The gilded bronze is wearing a multi-headed necklace around it's waist and also a lion skin and a skull tiara.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #83720 (stock #TR0121)
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This old figural bronze shrine has a large central six armed figure of Shiva or Vishnu surrounded by six additional dieties. It is either Indian or Nepalese, as it contains iconographic elements of both cultures.

It measures 8 by 11 inches and has a mounting bracket that extends back about 3 1/2 inches.

This well cast bronze is in excellent condition and weighs about six pounds.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #828719
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This antique necklace consists of large (35 mm diameter) carved silver beads mixed with large (20 mm -25 mm diameter) Tibetan turquoise beads and finished with finely detailed silver end caps.

The large silver beads have carved auspicious symbols on them. The silver beads are hollow, but also thick and substantial. They were created in two pieces and put together at the widest point of the bead. They are hand tooled and, although unmarked ( as is a lot of silver from this area) they are of high quality (.800-900 or better). Full return privileges otherwise.

We estimate it to date primarily to the period of 1880-1920.

It is in excellent condition and weighs (both silver and turquoise) about 190 grams (over 6 troy ounces). It measures about 19 inches (48 mm) long stretched out end to end. This short strand with make an impressive choker.

NOTE: Our photos of the silver appear darker than they actually are. The silver is actually a nice even silver tone, not dark as if stored for some time. Not cleaned, just a lighter tone than the photos appear to be.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #895167
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This ornately detailed silver necklace in the form of two pairs of opposing dragons, each one chasing a "pearl"; represented by a flat mounted turquoise gem set in silver.

The dragon chasing a pearl has a long history in Asian iconography. It represents the eternal search for wisdom or knowledge.

This necklace is in excellent condition and has a great deal of hand tooled details throughout. The dragons are three dimensional and well formed with added details.

It also has two flat oval turquoise cabachons along with an old coral cabachon, all mounted in silver.

It measures about 5 to 5.25 inches in diameter and has a circumference of about 14-15 inches.

It weighs about 3.32 troy ounces (103 grams) and this unmarked piece is between .800-.925 pure silver.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #630025
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This New Zealand Maori Jade Carved Hei Tiki measures 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches and is about 3/8 of an inch in thickness.

It dates from the early 20th century or even earlier.

It is carved from an outstanding piece of deep green jade with a small, lighter colored feather in between the eyes. The edges show translucence when held up to the light.

The third close up photo shows a somewhat similar carving with a much higher estimate that is an illustration in a recent book on Tribal art.

The illustration of another old jade tiki with a $6,000 -$10,000.00 estimate is only shown for comparison. It is not being offered here.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1800 item #288046
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This antique Indian Jain bronze with silver inlay dates from the 18th century or earlier.

The Buddha is seated in the lotus position under a canopy and surrounded by attendants.

It is also intricately engraved in sanscrit on the reverse.

It measures 8 1/4 inches (20.5 cm) tall by 4 3/4 inches (12.2 cm) wide by 3 1/4 inches (7.5cm)in depth.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #81974 (stock #TR0103)
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This 19th century Japanese bronze vase measures 18 inches tall by about 12 inches in diameter. It has elaborate leaf and vegetable motif in both bronze and champleve enamel.

It dates from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) or earlier.

It is in excellent condition with an outstanding variety of colorful patinas and verdigris.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #616202
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This hand hammered and engraved brass vase or jar measures about 11 inches in diameter by 8 inches in height.

It is covered overall with engraved and hand chiseled images and calligraphy. These naive pictures include pyramids, palm trees, an elephant, the Sphinx, dual figures carrying a large plant or fruit, other types of trees and a large bird with outstretched wings. There is also a band of stylized calligraphy that winds around the vase's center.

Although most of these images are Egyptian in motif, the style of their carving is somewhat different. This large vase may have been created by one of Egypt's neighbor countries such as Palestine, Syria, or Jordan as a vessel for trade.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1104534
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This delicate old Chinese brooch dates to about 100 years ago.

It measures about 1 5/8 inches (45 mm) at it's widest point (wing tip to wing tip) and 1 1/8 inch (29 mm top to bottom).

It is stamped "silver" on the reverse side .

It consists of a gilt silver filigree butterfly with attached old jades mounted as wings.

The old jades themselves are most likely worth more than the brooch, but it would be a shame to break them up.

These are flat, bean shaped jades with engraved leaf and flower motifs. Their colors range from pale celadon to apple green and they are not dyed or treated.

The overall condition of the brooch is quite nice, considering it's age and delicate nature. Someone took good care of this one.

The buyer will not be disappointed .

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #107532 (stock #TR0186)
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This bronze head shaped mask of a bodhissatva measures 10 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches in depth. It has exceptionally fine detailing in the crown or headband.


It is Himalayan in origin (Northern India, Tibet or Nepal).

It dates circa 1900 or earlier.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #656054
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This is a fine late 19th century Mamluk revival inlaid brass bowl. It is of Near Eastern origin and most likely originated in Egypt, Palestine, Persia or Syria.

It has intricate silver inlay on a bronze or brass bowl with a tooled background design. The designs incorporate leaves and medallions with Arabic or Islamic script encircling bowl. The center medallion on the base with endless knot or possibly even a stylized Star of David design is finely worked as is the entire bowl.

It appears to be hand hammered and chiseled with fine details.

It measures almost 5" in diameter and it is just under 2" high.

It is in excellent condition with no damage or losses.

This is one of about six pieces that we will be offering. They are slightly different in style, but similar enough in period, size and workmanship to be complementary to each other.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #285844
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This small (9cm tall, 9cm diameter) Chinese cloisonne inkwell has gilded bronze lion mounts and carved bronze tripod elongated lion feet.

It is in excellent condition throughout.

It still has it's ceramic ink liner (see enlargement photo) and it is in perfect condition.