All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #124515 (stock #TR0213)
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This original 17th century Standing Bronze Figure of Kali measures 12 1/2 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 4 inches in depth.

It is in excellent condition with no evidence of repairs or restoration.

Kali is standing on a prostrate human figure with eight arms, each arm is holding either an emblem, a weapon or a severed human head.

There is some verdigris on the reverse.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1960 item #189476 (stock #TR0306)
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This original oil painting on board measures 10 by 20 inches (14 by 24 inches with carved and gilded frame).

The subject is a young Indian girl dressed in beadwork and leather.

This outstanding oil painting is unsigned, but we believe that enough similarity exists for a weak attribution to contemporary Western artist Tom Phillips, based on information acquired during original purchase and a comparable of the artist's work.

Note: Another oil of an Indian girl by Tom Phillips was offered at auction on May 3,2003 (Best of the West Auction- Lot #85). A photo of that signed oil is included as our enlargement #6. Judge for yourself!

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #100719 (stock #TR0164)
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This antique copper bowl with a solid silver liner measures 4 inches tall by 9 inches in diameter. The copper bottom is covered with alternating plant and figural engravings.

It dates to the 18th-19th century in Tibet or Nepal.

It is in excellent condition with one shallow, thumb sized indentation near one of the figures (see enlargement photo).

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 : Pre 1700 item #1186134
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This Chinese nephrite jade carving of a Qilin or Chilong measures about 4.5 inches from nose to tail (or no tail-in this case) by about 4 inches tall by 2 inches at its width (hoof to hoof).

It was carved from a celadon green mottled jade with areas of grey green and dark green.

It also has numerous inclusions - natural fractures in the stone with oxidation and subsequent staining.

This mythological beast has the head of a lion or dog and the wide body of a goat, resting on its hooves. It has no tail: but that may have happened sometime after it was originally created. His rump appears to have been polished down some time ago.

We estimate that this jade originated some time between the Han Dynasty and the Song Dynasty, based on stylistic similarities and the condition of the stone itself.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #334935
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This antique nephrite jade carving measures 2 3/4 inches (70 mm) by 1 inch (25 mm) by 3/4 inch (20 mm).

It is a pale celadon green color with brown suffusions and an arc shaped inclusion of white jade across it's tail. .

This figure of a resting lion with curled tail is Song Dynasty in style and Ming to Ching Dynasty in execution. The buyer will be pleased.

The photos do not do it justice.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #112672 (stock #TR0199)
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This glazed ceramic or stoneware figure dates to the Meiji (1866-1912) in Japan.

It measures 7 1/4 inches tall by 5 1/4 inches in width and about 3 3/4 inches in depth at it's widest point.

It is in outstanding condition and has extremely vibrant colors. There is one extremely small circular spot of glaze loss which appears to be a kiln flaw on the sleeve.

Remnants of the gauze pattern remain on the unglazed bottom.

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 : Pre 1940 item #108257 (stock #TR0188)
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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 : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #591027
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This large, heavy apron shaped item with straps is a Miao baby carrier. It is covered overall with a combination of highly detailed embroidery in leaf and flower designs and a repeating pattern of circles and stars. It has a few minor losses to appliques.

It dates to the first half of the 20th century and possibly earlier.

It is in excellent condition and is currently pinned to a decorative green framed backing for display. It measures about 17 by 24 inches, not including the hanging straps. The framed display board measures approximately 24 by 34 inches.

The Miao are a native Chinese tribe who are famous for their beautiful hand worked fabrics and silver jewelry. They traditionally live in either Southern China or Indochina (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam ) where they are known as the Hmong.

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 : Instruments and Implements : Pre 1700 item #95147 (stock #TR0153)
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This is an original gunpowder horn or flask from Germany (Bavaria?) or Low Countries - Circa 1580-1650 (late 16th to middle 17th century).

It is made of flattened cow horn and engraved on both sides. One side has a hunting scene and the other has a pattern of concentric circles.

It measures 12 inches end to tip and about 4 inches wide at the back end. It is flattened and measures 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is in good condition overall, but there is a wooden butt plate on the back end. There are also minor cracks and losses as should be expected of a 400+ year old artifact..

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 : 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 : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #133617 (stock #TR0010)
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This original 19th CENTURY FOUR PANEL JAPANESE HAND PAINTED SCREEN measures about 32 by 72 inches.

The subject is a red plum tree with chrysanthemums and ducks on a silver ground (circa 1850).

Condition is good with some light scratches and rubbing to painting in minor areas.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1970 item #85301 (stock #TR0130)
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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 : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #1099694
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This small, four panel folding table screen is inset with carved ivory & stone motifs and figural groups.

It measures about 22 inches wide (5.5 inches width each panel) by 20 inches tall.

It dates from the late 18th century to the very early 20th century.

It is has over 33 carved ivory, bone or carved stone groupings in addition the it's overall painted motif.

It is in very good condition, but with minor cracks or shrinkage of the mounted wooden panels as should be expected of something this old.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1940 item #517725
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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.