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.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pre AD 1000 item #656859
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This Pre-Columbian Olmec seated figure measures about 3 1/4 inches tall by 2 1/4 inches deep by 1 3/4 inches wide.

The figure is fractured and repaired diagonally across it's upper section which contributes to the theory that this jade figure was ceremonially "killed ". There is a slight loss of one or more toes on the right foot and a few other small fractures.

The material is a variegated pale green nephrite with patches of oxidation and fractures to the stone throughout.

This old jade dates circa 900BC - 500BC.

The condition is very dry and fractured which is not that unusual for an artifact of this extreme age and from this culture.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre AD 1000 item #1054431
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This Chinese bronze ritual vessel (GU) measures about 12 inches in height and 6 inches in diameter at it's upper lip.

It dates from the 12th - 13th century BC / BCE.

It has a plain, trumpet shaped neck, with two taotie masks, each with small raised bosses for eyes. The pattern of encrustation is such that is obscures about half of each of the Taotie masks.

The hollow foot is cast with pairs of stylized dragons.

The surface is covered in patches of malachite encrustation, which is understandable for a wine goblet that is about 3400 years old.

This original old bronze gu has been in our personal collection for over thirty years. It was acquired from an old established collection in California that had originally purchased it in the early 20th century.

A somewhat similar bronze Gu was offered by Sothebys, New York, September 15, 2010 with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

Sothebys' Gu was 7 3/4 inches tall: smaller than than the 12 inch example we are currently offering.

Included with this is an old fitted Chinese storage & display box (see the last enlargement photo).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1492 item #780475
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This bronze seated figure of the Hindu god Ganesh or Ganesha measures approximately 6 1/2 inches tall by 3 1/2 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches in depth.

The bronze figure has an overall deep patina with additional green and occasional brown encrustations in the crevices.

It is in excellent condition with no losses or repairs.

It has striking similarities to published Khymer bronzes and Bayon Style Bronzes (Cambodia 1180-1220 AD) in style and color patination.

The last photo shows more of the collection which the bronze Ganesh is part of. More of these antique bronzes are currently available or will be offered later on this website.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #847222
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This Chinese nephrite jade carving of a reclining horned animal measures 3.5 inches long by 2 inches tall by 1.5 inches in depth.

It is carved in a celadon colored jade with a few areas of reddish brown oxidation.

It also has a few minor natural inclusions.

Although archaic in style, it most likely dates to the 19th-20th century.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1096611
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This is an outstanding necklace and pendant combination.

It was fashioned of silver, turquoise and other gemstones, cut and inlaid into an exceptional piece of jewelry.

The pendant was created out of sterling silver as were all of the other gemstone mountings and fittings.

The center pendant is a Tibetan "om" or "aum" symbol created out of mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, and coral mounted in silver.

The necklace consists of silver mounted turquoise, with additional beads of turquoise, coral, and patterned Tibetan agate.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1950 item #447884
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This white coral carving with pink highlights measures 4 inches tall by 5 1/4 inches wide by 3/4 inch in depth. It is in excellent condition but is missing it's carved wooden stand. It requires another stand (or potters's clay) to stand level. The three figures are robed and positioned according to the natural shape of the coral branches. The carving has fine details as can be seen somewhat by the photos: although they really do not do it justice. It is much nicer in person .
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1950 item #1129159
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This old auction catalog is from 1943 and very rare in any condition.

It's Cover reads: Chinese Porcelains and Pottery. Chinese & Japanese Paintings & Bronzes, Persian and Mesopotamian Pottery. Property from the estate of the Late Mrs. Samuel T. Peters( New York) By Order of the Executors. Part One Public Auction Sale October 15 and 16 at 2PM. Parke-Bernet Galleries 30 East 57 Street. NewYork 1943.

Parke-Bernet Galleries became Sotheby Parke-Bernet and finally changed it's name to Sothebys.

It includes mostly Chinese ceramics from the estate of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters of New York.

Mrs Peters and her husband, Samuel T. Peters were serious collectors of Asian artifacts back in the day.

Mrs Peters left some amazing items to the Metropolitan Museum (and other museums).

This catalog is in very good condition with slight smudgingon the cover as might be expected on a catalog that is nearly 70 years old.

Mrs. Samuel T Peters was also the subject of a famous painting by the well known American artist, Mary Cassatt.

The original paper cover is intact except for a very minor loss to the end tips of the spine. The interior is clean and intact.

The catalog includes the description of 420 lots and 85 pages long. The black and white photos are all of items that are classics by today's standards.

The estimate of values and prices realized sheets are both missing. Their main purpose in today's market would be to show how much prices have risen in the last 69 years. Often a classic catalog like this is valuable for establishing provenance for specific items.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #788666
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This is a SIMILAR PAIR OF CLOISONNE ANIMALS IN THE FORM OF PHOENIX BIRDS CARRYING VASES . Each one measures 7 inches wide (nose to tail) by 10 1/2 inches tall and 4 inches in depth. They date from the middle of the 19th century through the 1920's . They are in outstanding condition with very few extremely minor losses or repairs to the enamel. They are covered with archaic bird and leaf designs throughout. Dealer's notes:
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This 18th or 19th century bronze figure of GANESH is from Northern India or Nepal.

This bronze figure is in outstanding condition with a wonderful patina.

It has lost it's sealed base cover, possibly from someone looking for smuggled jewels or treasure in it's base (the smuggling of valuables in old bronzes was known to happen, although rarely). It measures about 8 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 4 inches in depth.

It shows the elephant headed god Ganesh with five heads and eight arms, each holding a different symbol.

Five-headed Ganesh (Panchamukha Ganesh) The Nepalese Ganesh often has several heads, as well as numerous arms. This may be from an influence of the tantric art of the Vajrayana (a particularly Tibetan aspect of Mahayana Buddhism).The significance of the five-headed Ganesh may be explained by various factors. The number five frequently occurs in Nepalese iconography. An example would be the five Maha Bhûta of the Tattva theory in the Sâmkhya with their corresponding organs. But the most relevant meaning of the five-headed Ganesh is the five heads symbolize the five kosha experienced by the yogi: 1. Annamaya kosha: the flesh body made of matter, 2. Pranamaya kosha: the breath body, or energy body, 3. Manomayakosha: the mental body, 4. Vighnânamayakosha: the body of the Upper Consciousness, and 5. Anandamayakosha: the body of Cosmic Bless. The fifth head of Ganesh symbolizes the highest level of yogic experience, called Anandamayakosha, or Sat-Chit-Ananda, the Pure Consciousness without qualification.

Photo Note: The last photograph is a picture of the five headed bronze in situ with a few other items from our bronze collection. Not all of the items shown are available at this time______wfb

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This miniature Indian bronze figure of Shiva (siva) measures 4 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 2 inches in depth.

It dates circa 1780-1870.

It is a very high quality casting with intricate detail, which is unusual for such a small bronze figure.

It is in outstanding condition. There is a cylinder mount on the reverse where it may have originally had a fire surround back piece attached .

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1800 item #1150766
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This seated bronze figure of Ganesh or Ganesha measures 5.5 inches tall by 3 inches wide by about 2.5 inches in depth.

It dates from the 18th - 19th Century in India or possibly earlier.

It is in excellent condition with no damage, losses or restoration.

It has a nice patina and does not appear to have been cleaned at any time.

Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa or Ganesh, is also known as Ganapati.

He is one of the most widely worshiped gods in the Hindu pantheon.

His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of other affiliations.

Devotion to Ganesha extends to Jains, Buddhists, and also beyond India, Nepal or Tibet.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1920 item #582390
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This original watercolor painting on panel board measures 12 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches, including the carved period frame it sits in.

The painting is in excellent condition. It is unsigned, but obviously by a very competent hand. The carved wooden frame has one repaired break on the carving in the lower left corner.

On the reverse is written in pencil: Mission Valley taken from the cliffs.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1960 item #683992
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches (oil painting only) and 20 by 24 inches in the carved wooden frame it sits in.

It is signed Frederick Rash in the lower right corner.

It is in outstanding condition with no damage, repairs or restoration.

Frederick Rash was a California mid 20th Century artist who was active in the Laguna Beach area. His work was exhibited at the 46th Annual California Art Club Exhibition on March 27, 1955. He is also known for working in both oils and watercolor.

This biography from the Archives of AskART: Frederick M. Rash was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 30, 1919. Rash studied with Robert Wood, Millard Sheets, Rex Brandt, and Dong Kingman. He was active with the California Art Club in 1955. For many years he had a studio in Laguna Beach and at one time lived in New York. He died in Lake Mary, Florida on October 29, 1998. Working in oil and watercolor, he painted landscapes, still lifes, seascapes and portraits. Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"


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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #96800 (stock #TR0157)
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This multicolored, carved jade jar stands 10 inches tall by 5 1/4 inches at it's widest point by about 2 inches in depth.

It has lion handles and a carved lion on it's lid. It also has a pair of opposing fire breathing dragons carved on both sides.

The color of the jade ranges from light green to deep mottled green and changes to a deep grey in areas. It has natural inclusions in the stone that resemble a spider web pattern in some areas.

Although the style of the carving is much earlier, this jade carving probably dates from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

Note: the shallow design may have allowed it to sit in a wall niche or shrine.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1900 item #557963
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This large (14 by 17 inch) and heavy unmarked silver tray (possibly silver plate) originally belonged to John Pascal Paoli Peck, the founder of the Union Central Insurance Company. It was an anniversary gift commemorating his 25 year union with his third wife (Frances Fitton)( 1858-1883).

It is engraved with a wonderful Arctic scene of a walrus sitting amidst ice flows (under a huge moon) watching a sailing ship in the distance. It also has engraved details with ice stalactites that makes it appear as if the scene is being viewed from within a glacial cave. The purchase of Alaska from Russia occurred in 1867 midway in the 25 years covered by the tray. It was a very appropriate motif and a very popular one among wealthy businessmen and industrialists at that time.

The condition of this silver tray is quite good considering that it is very heavy and over 120 years old. It has a few areas of surface degradation and small areas that have been cleaned (most likely trying to determine if it is pure silver or not). I assumed that it was not, so it was not tested by me. Neither does it have the obvious cuts where previous owners have tested it. It was a gift given to or by a very wealthy man of the late 19th century. The edge details are outstanding and this piece is unmarked. Why? Because it was probably a custom order made to give to a very wealthy man and his wife on their 25th or Silver Anniversary.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1940 item #725320
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This Indonesian solid silver bowl measures approximately eight inches in diameter by 4 1/2 inches in height. It weighs about 600 grams or 20 ounces.

It is covered all over with heavy repousse scenes from the life of Hanuman: The Monkey God. One scene show him speaking to a crowd of his followers. The other is a fierce battle scene with many combatants, along with chariots drawn by a horse and a mythological beast.

The level of craftsmanship on this bowl is outstanding. It is not at all overstating to describe this as museum quality.

It dates from the late 19th century through the early 20th century.

It is in outstanding condition with a nice patina over most of the exterior.

It is marked and signed on the bottom within a circle set within a fluted star pattern (see the close up photograph).