All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Period : Pre 1960 item #684922
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This sterling silver belt buckle measures 2 by 2 1/2 inches.

It is set with an outstanding single cabachon (42mm x 50mm) turquoise in matrix with colors ranging from blue green to to pale through deep turquoise. (We don't know the name of the specific mine this came from, but it is gorgeous). It has a combination of turquoise and matrix that gives it the appearance of a spiderweb pattern.

It is marked .925 sterling on the reverse.

We estimate it as circa 1950-1960.

It is in excellent condition, period.

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 : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #1053273
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This antique Chinese jade carving in the shape of a disk or "BI" measures 2 1/4 inches in diameter (58mm) and about 1/2 inch or 10 mm in depth.

Is is carved from a piece of jade that ranges from an off white to a pale celadon color, with staining remaining in the crevices, and one side being darker than the other.

It is covered on both sides with three dimensional carvings of a phoenix, a dragon and a chilong or tiger.

We estimate it to date to the late Ching Dynasty or early Republic Period in China, but it may actually be earlier than that.

It is in excellent condition.

Note: the last photo includes a large jade mask for scale. It is NOT offered as part of this lot.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #261768 (stock #TR0308)
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This 18th-19th Century shoushan stone carving measures 6 1/4 inches (15.5 cm) tall by 3 inches (7 cm) wide by 2 inches (5 cm) in depth. Although Ming in style and motif, it most likely dates from the late 18th to middle 19th Century (Qing Dynasty) instead. It is in excellent condition except for a few extremely minor scuffs along a couple of edges. The subject is an elephant astride a pedestal with low relief Chinese horses carved into shields on each of the four sides.
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1920 item #700373
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This original watercolor painting is matted and framed under glass and measures about 16 by 31 cm (sight) or 32 by 48 cm in its nicely detailed frame.

The subject is an Impressionist view of an open coastline with water grasses in the foreground.

It is signed, somewhat Illegibly in the lower left corner. It appears to be : Josz. Von Brochaud or Josz. Von Brochoud.

It is in very good condition, except that it sits in its original mat, which is most likely non archival and will need to be changed to protect the painting from any further staining or foxing. There is a tiny bit of foxing already, which is commonly found on 100 year old paintings on paper and in original condition.

On the reverse is the remainder of the 19th-20th century label from the art shop or gallery. It reads in part: Maison Leon Croller, Rue de Mastricht, 11, Hasselt.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1960 item #174004 (stock #TR0252)
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This museum quality seated bronze figure of the Hindu goddess Parvati measures 10 1/2 inches tall by 6 3/4 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches in depth. Although much earlier in style, this bronze most likely dates to the middle 20th century. It is extremely well detailed, with finely chiseled details to the bronze and dozens and dozens of inlays of finely chiseled silver: too many to count. It also has a number of pieces of inlaid copper, which accent the many silver inlays. This is an very attractive, high quality bronze. It is also extremely well cast with amazing attention to details (see enlargements).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #809626
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This original bronze figure of a seated and jeweled Guanyin (Kwan-Yin) measures 10.75 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide by about 4 inches deep.

It consists of two separate pieces: the seated figure of Guanyin and the lotus stand. This is not unusual--old Chinese bronzes often consisted of more than one piece. Everything is original and it is not a marriage or mismatch.

It is covered overall with a dark patina that is dusty in most areas that haven't been handled for a very long time.

It is in very good condition with the exception of the loss of the thumb on the left hand and a couple of pinprick sized casting losses. The face has a nice sheen to the patina which indicates what the entire bronze could look like: should the buyer so desire it.

It dates to a period ranging from the 16th through the 18th century in China.

The buyer will not be disappointed, as it is nicer than the photos would indicate. This bronze figure is guaranteed to be an original (and of the period) and is not a copy or reproduction of any kind.

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 : Americas : American Indian : Pre 1920 item #97592 (stock #TR0159)
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This antique hand thrown and painted pottery jar measures approximately 5 1/4 inches in diameter by 4 inches high.

Although I have owned this old pot for many years, Indian antiquities are not my area of expertise. I can't tell Casa Grande from Mata Ortiz. I have had much more knowledgeable people than me in this particular field describe this pot as both.

It is in excellent condition except for a small firing crack along one nose and two very small chips along the upper rim.

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 : Decorative Art : Handiwork : Ivory : Pre 1950 item #646901
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Each one of this pair of original carved ivory Fu lions, kirin, or Fu dogs measures about 3 1/2 by 2/3/4 by 1 1/4 inches, not including the wooden stands they sit on.

The pair of ivory carvings date from the early to middle 20th century in China.

They are in good condition, except for a few old repairs and the loss of the tip of one ear. They are a well patinated honey color with variations in tone throughout.

They are guaranteed to be genuine ivory carvings and are NOT imitations of any kind. They have areas that include the traditional crosshatched lines that should be found on any genuine ivory carvings.

They also have small cabachon blue gemstones (possibly turquoise) inset for eyes.

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 : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1930 item #527327
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This large Hallmarked Silver serving spoon measures 15 1/4 inches long ( see photo with 12 inch ruler for scale).

It has a small engraved initials on its reverse (photo).

It has two hallmarks. (Three towers in oval with numeral"18" below towers) & ( HCF or HFC in oval) . It weighs approximately 180 grams (just under 6 ounces).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #184803 (stock #TR0305)
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This Japanese antique Sumida Gawa bowl measures 6 1/2 to 7 inches in diameter and three inches in depth.

It is signed on the bottom by the artist Ryosai.

It features two children looking over the rim at a small temple with a seated Buddha.

It dates circa 1890-1900.

It is in outstanding condition, except for a few extremely minor edge chips on the sleeve of the girls coat. They are very difficult to see (or photograph) but still noted for accuracy.

Japanese Sumida Gawa wares were produced in the Akasuka region of Tokyo near the Sumida River (or gawa) for which these ceramics were named. In 1866, Inoue Ryosai (Ryosai I), a Seto potter, established a kiln in this district. He became renowned for the glaze colors he developed. Ryosai II, an internationally acclaimed artist-potter who became the adopted son (and son-in-law) of Ryosai I, took over the family business and the potter’s name in 1875. The earliest Sumida wares date from the 1890’s and were often entirely covered with glaze. It was during this period that he developed the style characteristic of Sumida Gawa wares: porcelain-bodied wares with flambe curtain glazes and applied figures in high relief. The dark green glaze is assumed to have been used from 1890 through the early part of 1900.

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 : Fine Art : Pre 1940 item #95395 (stock #TR0155)
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This original old oil painting on stretched canvas is unframed and measures 20 by 26 inches.

It dates circa 1930-1945 .

It is in excellent condition except for a small paint flake missing on the artist's cheek. (see close up photo).

This is an excellent period painting; exceptionally well executed and with no additional flaking or dryness.

Insured shipping is included within the United States.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1181868
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This antique worked silver and coral pendant with hanging loop dates from the late 19th to early 20th century in Tibet or Nepal.

It measures 53 mm long by 15 mm in diameter.

It consists of a piece of natural, undyed red coral covered with two ends of finely worked silver. This is .900+ pure silver and guaranteed as such.

It weighs .98 troy ounces (about 30 grams).

The black spots in the coral are natural imperfections in the stone and do not detract from the stone. Quite the opposite-they help to verify it's authenticity.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1900 item #126530 (stock #TR0214)
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This antique Japanese bronze in the form of a wooden well bucket measures 6 inches (15.3 cm) tall by about 5 inches square (13.3 X 13.5 cm).

It was cast to simulate a wooden well bucket, including wood grain, knot holes and dovetailed joints.

It is unmarked except for a small square with illegible marks on the interior of the bottom.

This old bronze dates from about the late Edo to early Meiji period (to call it 19th century should about cover it, although it may actually be earlier!).

It is in very good condition, except for a few small irregularities to the casting. There are also traces of old solder around the bottom.

It appears as if the bottom came off at one time and was put back on upside down. Subsequently any marks are on the inside.