All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pre AD 1000 item #656859
Ancient -Eyes

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1970 item #85301 (stock #TR0130)
Ancient -Eyes

This original oil painting of a bell tower is set in an impressionist style landscape. It measures 12 by 16 inches and sits in a carved frame which measures about 17 by 22 inches. This unsigned oil might described as: California school or Craftsman school.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #278950 (stock #TR0259)
Ancient -Eyes

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 : Pre 1940 item #108257 (stock #TR0188)
Ancient -Eyes

This original Balinese pen and ink and watercolor painting measures 7 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches (19 by 27 cm) framed under glass.

It dates circa 1930-1940 (or earlier).

The painting itself is in excellent condition, but should probably be reframed as it sits in it's original, non acid free mount / backing. There is no evidence of discoloration, however. The colors are still subtle, yet vivid.

This is one of two similar paintings that were acquired together from the same old estate. They would make a nice grouping, although they are not exactly a pair.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #174275 (stock #TR0255)
Ancient -Eyes

This Mogul India or Persian silver inlaid dagger and matching sheath has a figural rams's head motif.

The dagger is covered overall with beautifully inlaid designs of leaves and interwoven line motifs in silver inlaid on iron/steel.

It dates to the Mogul Period in India or possibly Persia in the 18th-19th century. This is one piece from a small collection of Middle Eastern weapons (see last photo).

It is in outstanding condition with one small break in the silver inlay; possibly an old repair to the scabbard.

The blade has an unusual patterning on it, somewhat similar to the type of designs seen on Samurai swords caused by the constant folding of the steel upon itself when producing the blade. The blade may be old Damascus Steel.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #587620
Ancient -Eyes

This intricately carved ivory boat with over fifty figures carved in varous positons of repose measures about 12 inches long by 3 inches tall by 2 inches in depth.

The boat has many finely detailed areas of carved scrollwork throughout.

It dates from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition except for a few small losses. A few of the fully functional latticework shutters are missing or incomplete. One of the intricate carved dragons below the boat is incomplete. One or two of the removeable flags or parasols are missing. Even so, this piece is an outstanding example of a lost art:ivory carving so fine it shows up better under a magnifying glass.

Although the color appears to be pure white in most of the photographs, it actually is a wonderfully patinated very pale caramel color. It was necessary to adjust the pictures to show off the details, hence the white color. In addition to a wonderful aged color, it also has obvious graining along the base. It is, of course, guaranteed to be a genuine antique ivory carving and NOT a copy of any kind (it is NOT bone, plastic ivory molded or any other method of reproduction).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #445352
Ancient -Eyes

Ching Dynasty Jade Carving: Duck Preening It's Feathers or Sleeping (In Repose)

Pale gray/green jadeite with areas of brown suffusion. This old pebble shaped jade is in outstanding condition.

The subject is a stylized and very naive duck with an unusual shaped beak and eyes positioned like a Picasso painting with views from two directions (giving the impression of looking at both a front and side view of the duck's eyes at the same time.)

Measurements: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 X 7/8 inches (35mm x 25mm x 20 mm)

This is one piece from our personal collection of approximately 4600 antique jade carvings.

This may well have been designed as a carry or fondling piece, as it's shape is perfectly shaped for that purpose.

Ancient -Eyes

This antique Tibetan Conch shell horn is covered with chased and engraved silver patterns, including bird, animal and plant motifs. It is also covered with hundreds of pieces of Tibetan turquoise in an wonderfully detailed pattern. It measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and about 4 inches in diameter. It is relatively heavy due to all of the chased silver and stone work.

It dates from the 18th century and also has silver and coral cabachons in a traditional three point design.

It is in excellent condition, except for a small crimp in the silver below the bird (see closeup photo).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1940 item #88585 (stock #TR0140)
Ancient -Eyes
This finely turned Hawaiian koa wood bowl with shades of amber & brown measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter by 4 1/2 inches deep. It dates circa 1920-1940. It also has a few cracks with alternating cross hatch repairs on the bottom (see enlargement).

This outstanding old bowl has a wonderful color and patina.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1940 item #517725
Ancient -Eyes

This jade carving of Hotai measures 6 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches tall by about 3 inches in depth (16.5 cm x 11 cm x 7.5 cm).

It is a pale celadon colored jade with areas of blue /gray and a few flecks of black. It also has a few very minor inclusions with apparent oxidation.

This classic "Happy or Laughing Buddha" dates from the early or middle portion of the 20th century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1900 item #807787
Ancient -Eyes

This large bronze figure of Tara on a double lotus base is seated in lalitasana with one hand raised in vitarka mudra. She is also holding lotus stalks in each hand that flank her shoulders.

It measures 15 inches tall by about 12 inches wide by 9 inches in depth (at it's widest point).

It is in excellent condition with no damage or losses. It has a very pleasing and generally even patina covering it overall.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #129220 (stock #TR0216)
Ancient -Eyes

This outstanding antique Japanese Iron Tsuba or sword hilt is covered on both sides by leaf patterns in gold inlay.

It measures 2 7/8 x 3 inches and it is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs evident.

It dates to the 19th century or earlier.

It is not signed.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1960 item #643551
Ancient -Eyes

This original oil painting on panel board measures 11 by 14 inches and it is framed 20 by 23 inches in a simple dark wooden frame.

It is signed Mottola in the lower right corner. It also has an old label on the reverse that reads: COPYRIGHT RESERVED BY FIL MOTTOLA - ARTIST. " Winter in Vermont" 11 x 14.

The painting is in excellent condition with a minor paint scratch in the middle upper sky area. The frame is in good condition with some scuffing on the raised surfaces.

Artist Biography: Filastro (Fil) Mottola was born in 1915 in the Italian section of Orange, New Jersey. In 1921 the Mottola family moved to Los Angeles. Fil Mottola is also included in Edan Hughes’ Artists in California, 1786-1940 ( Volume Three).

In 1938 Mottola enrolled at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Within a few weeks his art samples got the attention of John Hubbard Rich, Donna Schuster, Paul Clemens, Ralph Holmes, and the Dean of Otis, Roscoe Shrader. Upon recommendation, Filastro was offered and accepted a full-time, one-year scholarship. The scholarship was extended for two additional years.

Just prior to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, Mottola was drafted into the Army. His 164th Infantry Regiment was attached to the First Marines, which fought at Guadalcanal. Mottola created for himself many opportunities to sketch his Army experiences, including fellow soldiers and pilots engaged in battle at Guadalcanal. Because of wounds and malaria, Filastro got an early discharge from the Army in late 1943.

After his recovery, Mottola returned to Otis to visit his former teachers, whom he now considered friends. Wanting to prepare Mottola for a teaching position at Otis, Roscoe Shrader offered him a lifetime scholarship painting from the model and an opportunity to take over Donna Schuster’s Saturday class, who desired to leave her position. Anxious to make a livelihood as an independent artist, Filastro declined the offers.

In 1949 Mottola went to work as a story sketch artist for the Disney Studios. In 1961 he made the decision to leave Disney and commit himself to a life of painting and selling his own art.

During his long career, Filastro worked in many mediums, including ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and oil, believing that each one could offer something unique that would not be duplicated in another medium. Over the years he painted plein-air in many locations, such as Italy, France, small towns in Mexico, the Mother Lode country, the Southwest, the Northeast and the California coastal cities of San Francisco, Monterey, and Laguna Beach. His brushwork ranges from tight strokes, creating smooth surfaces to loose, free strokes, creating surfaces with full textures. Regardless of style, the use of rich, saturated colors is a hallmark of his oil painting.

Comparable paintings by Fil Mottola can be found at : .

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #576969
Ancient -Eyes

This outstanding jade carving of a reclining camel measures 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches in depth.

The carving is an semi opaque gray jade with large areas of brown oxidation and a few small areas of calcification on the bottom.

This carving has a lot of charm and most likely dates to the Ching Dynasty, but it may actually be earlier.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Pre 1910 item #646397
Ancient -Eyes

This hand carved wooden mask of a Bearded man wearing a crown is an outstanding example of Mexican Folk Art from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. It might even date to an earlier period, based on the style of carving on this wonderful old weathered piece.

It measures about 33 inches tall by 14 inches wide by 5 inches in depth.

The condition is "as found". What this means is that the mask is structurally intact, but is covered over all with cracks and crevices from exposure to time and the elements. Some of it's original painted surfaces are intact, but some are not. It is missing one of the top rings of the crown and it appears as if it disappeared a long time ago from the overall weathering of the area.

The turquoise blue of the crown seems to be an old overpainting of an even earlier shade of gold or greenish gold color.

This mask could be described as a classic piece of Spanish Colonial Folk Art.

From it's appearance, the level of wear and the outstanding craftsmanship of it's carving, it is a safe bet that this mask has seen it's share of festivals and religious ceremonies over the many years of it's existance.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1940 item #95395 (stock #TR0155)
Ancient -Eyes
Sold -Thank you

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 : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #104153 (stock #TR0171)
Ancient -Eyes

This is a MATCHING PAIR OF CLOISONNE MYTHICAL BEASTS. Each animal measures 14 inches long (nose to tail) by 7 inches tall and 3 inches in width.

They date circa 1880-1920.

They are in outstanding condition with the exception of a few extremely minor losses or repairs to the enamel.

They are covered with archaic bird and leaf designs throughout.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1900 item #557963
Ancient -Eyes

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.