This bronze figure of a sage riding a bull measures 7 1/2 inches tall by 8 inches long (nose to tail) by approximately 3 inches in depth.
It dates to the 19th century and carries the makers mark on the reverse (see enlarged photo).
It is in very good condition and much of it's original gilding remains. It does have an added wire strap that runs from the bulls nose to the riders hand that is not original to the piece. At some time in it's history it may have been added by someone who did not know the story of " riding the bull home" and mistakenly thought that something was missing. The concept of riding the bull home represents gaining control over oneself after difficult struggles.
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.
This outstanding Chinese Silver Incense Burner measures 9 inches tall by 6.25 inches wide (handle to handle).
It is covered with highly detailed calligraphic symbols and a central engraved shield, bordered by a flying crane and fan symbols on alternate sides.
It stands on three elongated fu lion legs with paw feet.
The cover is surrounded by pierced leaf and flower decoration surmounted by an elephant with an engraved chow symbol topped by an apple green jade cabachon.
There is also a Chinese silver mark on the underside of the base.
The censor sits on a custom carved lotus shaped wooden base (4.5 inch diameter by 2 inches tall)
This silver censor is in outstanding condition except for one slight crimp in one of the handles which may need to be repaired for strength. (It does not affect it's appearance at all). IT IS GUARANTEED TO BE AT LEAST .925 PURE SILVER, IF NOT BETTER!
This Chinese jade carving of a reclining lion measures about 2 1/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches by 1 inch tall (55 mm x 38mm x 25 mm).
It consists of a very pale celadon color jade (some would call it white jade) with a few tiny brown spots or suffusions.
This carved jade lion / Fu dog / Kylin is in outstanding condition.
This museum quality jade carving dates from the Ching Dynasty in China.
The subject is a stylized and extremely well detailed lion curled up like a cat in front of a fireplace.
One of the enlargement photos shows it along with another jade lion currently being offered separately at this time. They are shown together here as an example of a few of the variations of color that celadon or white jade can show.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 18 by 24 inches ( image only ) and 23 by 29 inches in it's wooden frame.
It is in excellent condition, period.
Bessie Barrington Taylor (1895- ) is listed in numerous artists’ biographical references as a painter in or from Bradenton, Florida and Andalusia, Alabama.
She studied at The University of Alabama, Alabama State Teachers College and the Ringling School of Art. She was a member of the Southern States Art League (SSAL) and the Artist’s League of Manatee County, Bradenton.
She exhibited at the SSAL - Montgomery Alabama, 1938 and the Benjamin Museum: Ellenton, Florida, 1940.
She is listed in the following art references:
1. Who Was Who in American Art- Peter Hastings Falk
2. Davenport’s Art Reference and Price Guide 2001/2002 Edition
This antique Chinese cloisonne incense burner measures 7 inches tall by 5.25 inches in diameter at it's widest point.
It dates to the Qing (Ching) Dynasty(1644-1912).
The cloisonne motif includes two stylized yellow and green five clawed dragons chasing a flaming pearl on a black ground.
It is in excellent condition with no apparent restorations.
It sits upon three elongated gilt bronze fu lion feet.
It also has two additional gilt bronze fu lion mounts with rings on either side.
It has a pierced top with chased and engraved metal and cloisonne topped with a fu lion finial.
This is a pair of Yoruba bronze figures; each one sitting on a separate bronze stool. They were created by the old lost wax casting method.
These bronze figures are 11.5" and 10.5" in height. They are also both about 3 ½ inches in width and 3 ½ inches in depth.
They date from the late 19th Century through the early 20th Century.
Their condition is excellent with a nice patina and a small area of verdigris.
The ancient Yoruba city of Owo, one of the largest on the Guinea coast, was established in the ninth century, and is located approximately midway between Ile-Ife and Benin City, the capital of the Benin kingdom. Although this was a highly vulnerable position, the Owo not only survived but managed to carve out and sustain a sizeable kingdom of their own in pre-colonial days. Owo flourished during the 15th and 16th centuries primarily because of its location along the well established trade route connecting the cities of Ife and Benin. These early trade routes significantly contributed in bringing the Benin and Ife art to the early Yoruba peoples, and Yoruba art, especially the metal work, was notably influenced by trade with both the Portuguese and the Benin and Ife Kingdoms during the 16th century. The Owo royal palace, extending over more than 108 ½ acres, was by far the largest palace in Yoruba land.
The Osugbo (Ogboni) are a society of male and female elders responsible for the selection, installation, and burial of kings, and who render judgment and stipulate punishment in cases of serious crimes in the society, including the removal of errant rulers. The powers and pacts between women and men are seen in paired images used among this society as the primary symbols of Osugbo are the paired male and female figures.
This antique jade lion is very similar to others from the Han Dynasty (about 200BC-200AD), but may have been created later during either the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) or the early portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).
It measures about 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches or 90mm x 55mm x 40 mm.
It is carved from nephrite with colors ranging from a pale celadon to a deep blue grey. It also has some light brown oxidation and tiy areas of calcification. It also has a slightly irregular surface: most likely from a previous period of exposure to the soil or the elements.
It is in excellent condition for a 600-900+ year old jade.
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.
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.