All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #89459 (stock #TR0142)
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This antique hand painted brass or copper bowl dates from the 1900-1920 period or earlier. Although Russian or Baltic in shape, it most likely originated in Persia or Northern India. It is covered overall in stylized shields and floral motifs. It measures 6 inches tip to tip, 4 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches high and it is in outstanding condition. Shipping and insurance are free within the US. Overseas shipping is a slight surcharge.
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 : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1940 item #802094
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This bronze figure of a Bodhisatva seated on a tall lotus petal stand measures about 11.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide by 5 inches in depth.

Although it is late Ming in style, this outstanding bronze may date to the 20th century or possibly a bit earlier.

This bronze figure has outstanding carved detailing overall, including the jeweled pendant draped down around the neck and chest area.

There is also a small figure of Buddha in the crown and wonderful details in the hanging folds of the drapery.

It does have very light green patination in areas, along with a few spotty brown areas.

Overall, however, it's condition is outstanding.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1920 item #575688
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This original oil painting on canvas and stretcher bars measures 10 by 12 inches and is unframed.

It is signed in the lower left corner, LONE WOLF.

LONE WOLF was born and raised on the Blackfoot Reservation of Montana. He became famous for his illustration and commercial art as well as for fine art painting and sculpting of western scenes. His real name was Hart Merriam Schultz, the son of James W. Schultz and Fine Shield Woman. His father was the author of many books about Indian life, including "My Life as an Indian," of which he was the illustrator, having begun painting at the age of eleven. His sketches of western life were entertaining to local cowboys with whom he worked as a range rider. He began sculpting as a child with his grandfather, who taught him how to mold riverbank clay into animals. Lone Wolf was educated in Indian schools and his art was encouraged when he was still a youth by Thomas Moran who saw his work and gave him lessons and told him he should get further training. Charles Schreyvogel, a noted western artist, gave Lone Wolf his first set of oil paints. Later support came from Theodore Roosevelt, Owen Wister, Buffalo Bill Cody, Charles Russell, and Frederic Remington. In 1904, at age 24, he left the reservation and in 1910 attended the Los Angeles Art Students League and then studied in Chicago in 1914 and 1915. During this period, he illustrated his father's books, and one of them "Bird Woman," is dedicated to him by his father. Lone Wolf traveled and painted across the West and set up tepee studios at the Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park. In 1917, he had a sell out show in New York, his first show in that city. There he took further lessons in sculpture and created a bronze titled "Riding High" for which he got much recognition. Another bronze, "Camouflage," is at the Brookgreen Gardens in Brookgreen, South Carolina, and three of his paintings are in the collection of the University of Nebraska. His style was that of Remington and Russell, and he signed his works with a wolf's face. He lived the last fifteen years of his life in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife Naoma, and he is buried on the Blackfeet Reservation.

He is listed in numerous artist biographical references and his paintings have sold at auctions for years.

This painting is in as found condition, which means that it has it's original varnish along with one small hole (1/4 by 1/2 inch )and a few small paint fleck losses. The remainder of the paint is in excellent condition.

This painting will cleanup beautifully and it's low price will rise dramatically after restorations are complete.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #278950 (stock #TR0259)
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This pair of glazed ceramic or pottery Chinese lions or kylin measure about 6 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches (155 mm x 60 mm x 82 mm).

They date to the late Ming or early Ching Dynasty (17th-18th century).

They are in outstanding condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1940 item #1094942
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This silver teapot measures 8 inches tall(to top of handle) by about 6 inches at it's widest point (to tip of spout). The circular body of the teapot alone measures about 5.5 inches without the spout.

It dates to the early 20th Century in China.

It has finely a finely detailed long leaf and floraf motif engraving on one side.

It also has 19 Chinese characters in what appears to be a poem on the opposite side.

It also has additional floral engraving on the lid surmounted by a small finial.

It has a Chinese silver mark on it's base( see photo).

It weighs a little over 15 troy ounces

It's condition is overall very good, but there is a bit of stippling ( slightly bumpy) on a portion of the floral engraving and a tiny damage spot on the lid (see the closeup photo).

It appears to have the original wrapping on the handle.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #112568 (stock #TR0202)
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This antique sometsuke (blue and white) ceramic tea cup dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) in Japan. It measures 3 1/4 inches(8.5 cm) by 2 1/4 inches (6 cm) tall).

This is one cup from a collection of two dozen antique sometsuke tea cups (see enlargement). This antique cup is in perfect condition, except for one tiny rim chip on it's upper edge.

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This antique bronze figure of a dancing girl measures approximately 10 1/2 inches tall by 6 inches wide (Hair bun to finger tip) and it stands on a base measuring about 3 by 4 inches.

The dancer is posed in an unusual position while standing on one foot with arms extended.

It is in good condition with the exception of an old repair to the bronze in her mid section (see closeup). There is also a small casting loss to the area near her left ear and on her right buttock.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #133001 (stock #TR0223)
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This antique bronze tazza or footed dish measures 10 inches in diameter by 5 inches tall.

It features winged cherubs or angels playing musical instruments surrounded by classical motifs of alternating griffins and people facing each other. There is an additional band of griffins around the base.

This old tazza is in excellent condition and most likely dates between 1880-1920. It is very substantial and is a heavier bronze than it appears to be.

There is a residual trace of a dark stain or paint on the underside of the dish. It in no way affects the beauty or integrity of this heavy bronze dish or tazza.

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 : Pre 2000 item #778609
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This original contemporary 20th Century Chinese watercolor painting measures 18 by 70 inches (painting only) and about 22 by 86 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Jiang Jingyu, along with what appears to be 10 or 11 additional artist or collector seals.

The subject is a black, galloping horse set between a series of banners or posts, each one having different calligraphy and seals.

It is in excellent condition.

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 : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1970 item #786485
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This silver and turquoise bracelet measures 2 3/4 by 2 by 7/8 inches (the interior measurement is 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 inches).

It is set with 5 old round to oval turquoise gemstones of excellent color. It is unmarked, but we guarantee this to be a solid silver bracelet of .900-.925 quality.

It is a custom piece and has "By Roy Vandever" and the monogram "RV" engraved on the reverse. This Navajo silversmith is listed briefly in Barton Wright's book Hallmarks of the Southwest. Reportedly Vandever is from the Prewitt, New Mexico region and his initials (RV) are printed with the two letters wedged together in Gothic print.

We estimate it to date from the middle to late 20th Century.

This is a substantial bracelet and although relatively small, it weighs about 70 grams.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #288084 (stock #AC-3891)
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This is an old carved nephrite jade in the form of a coiled dragon.

It measures approximately 2 inches (50 cm) in diameter by 1/8 inch (.8 cm)thick.

Archaic Style (Han - Song Dynasty).

We are listing this as 18th - 19th century although it may actually be somewhat older.

The dragon is a pale green-yellow with multi tonal brown suffusions which give it an overall mottled brown appearance.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 2000 item #653861
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This original gouache and acrylic painting on rice paper measures 18 by 26 1/2 inches (image only). It is framed and matted under clear, unbreakable plexiglass.

It is signed and sealed Trung Van Nguyen 1996. There is also a gallery lable Wth the original price tag from 16 years ago.

It is in excellent condition.

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1940 item #109133 (stock #TR0192)
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This original oil painting on artist's board measures 10 x 12 inches and sits in a carved wooden frame (16 x 18 inches).

It is signed H. Thomson in the lower right corner. It is also marked on reverse: Shafer Falls Near Dwight Lake of Bays Ontario Canada (Hand written in brown ink & in style of early 20th century).

Circa :1920-35.

Who Was Who In American Art has a listing for H.G Thomson (1850-1939). This attribution has not been verified and is only for given for possible future use in documentation.

The painting is in excellent condition, However, there is a small piece missing in the upper right corner of the frame.

US and Canadian delivery is included.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #736936
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This multicolored, carved jade dish measures about 5 1/2 inches wide by 4 3/4 inches in length by 1 1/4 inches in depth.

It has a handle in the form of a bat with extended wings and carved shields enclosing flowing abstracted designs around it's exterior.

The color of the jade ranges from a light pale celadon (almost white) through a darker gray celadon to a deep black color jade. The darker tones have patches of brown suffusions or oxidation. There is also one small patch of oxidation in the lighter areas also. It's condition is outstanding with no chips, cracks or repairs.

Although the style of this carving is earlier, it probably dates from the late 19th through the early 20th century.

Note: the shallow design indicates that this may have been a brush washer for a scholar's desk.