All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #445352
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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.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #381720
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This original contemporary 20th Century Chinese watercolor painting measures 32 by 35 inches (painting only) and about 35 by 75 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seals and signature of the artist, Yang Ruifen along with one collector's seal.

The subject is a pair of Chinese dogs watching a butterfly.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details. This is an outstanding example of Contemporary Chinese Art as influenced by Western Art .

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #313578 (stock #jade1001)
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Hongshan Culture Jade Carving (Song through Ming Dynasty Period)

Finely polished deep green jade (nephrite) with two spots of pale green. There are remnants of calcination in the crevices. It is in outstanding condition

Subject is a double animal and insect combination. From different angles you can see a bird, a horned animal and a cicada.

2 3/4 x 1 1/2 X 3/4 inches (70mm x 40mm x 18 mm)

This is one piece from our personal collection of approximately 2500 antique jade carvings.

Additional information about Hongshan jade carvings can be found in the Newsletter on our Homepage,

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 : Decorative Art : Textiles : Rugs : Pre 1920 item #1064556
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This antique hand made oriental carpet measures about 4 feet by 7.5 feet (48+ inches by 92+ inches)

It is in very good condition for a carpet that dates circa 1880-1910. It is not full pile but overall it is in good condition with a few low areas, but no major damage or losses. The ends are mostly there and one end even has a selvedge wrap added to protect it. The edges have a few losses with some of the edging rewoven in spots.

It has an pattern of stars within shields or guls in an overall blue field, surrounded by three outside borders.

This carpet originated in the Caucasaus Mountain region between 1880-1910.

These types of rugs are traditionally known as Kazak or Kuba.


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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1980 item #83709 (stock #TR0120)
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This original watercolor measures 15 x 22 inches and is mounted 20 by 28 inches. It was painted by the listed LAGUNA BEACH ARTIST, Jack Dudley (1918-1996).

Jack Dudley lived and painted in Laguna Beach for 38 years. He studied under Barse Miller in Southern California. He chronicled Indochina in pictures during World War Two. He was a lifetime member of the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, where he exhibited for over thirty years. He was also a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. He died in 1996 of cancer, just after receiving the Grand Canyon Purchase Award at the annual Arts for the Parks Competition. In April 2000 Dudley’s family donated a collection of his paintings to the Grand Canyon Association. The subjects included people and landscapes of the American Southwest, Mexico and Latin America. Some of the works have been sold by the GCA to raise operational funds. Prices realized range from $2500.-$15,000+.

Additional information about the artist can be found on the web at:

Comparable works can be found for sale at the Esther Wells Collection at:


All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1920 item #772244
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This Tibetan Silver and Copper Conch shell trumpet (rag gshog-ma) measures approximately 14 inches by 10 inches by 3 inches in depth.

This right-turning shell, itself one of the eight auspicious symbols, with an attached wing and elongated posterior rod. Repoussé details on wing depict a sea dragon (makara) and the eight auspicious symbols. The added wing lengthens the cavity, producing a lower pitch, as well as serving a decorative function.

The Tibetan silver in this trumpet is a mixed silver/ white metal and is not sterling or coin silver. IT IS PRIMARILY COPPER , BUT THE WORKMANSHIP ON IT IS OUTSTANDING.

It is in very good condition, except for a slight crimp or dent at the mouth piece and some slight corrosion on the wing.

It is very similar to one in the National Music Museum in the collection of the University of South Dakota (internet link below):

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 : Fine Art : Pre 1960 item #643551
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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 : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #174519 (stock #TR0258)
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This ANTIQUE TURKOMAN /KAZAK SILVER BRACELET is set with nine gemstone cabachons. It is covered overall with repeating dot patterned triangles on a gilded background.

This heavy antique silver cuff is unmarked, but guaranteed to be .900 silver or better.

It measures 3 1/4 inches wide x 2 1/2 inches high by 3 inches long (interior measurements are 2 3/4 x 2 x 3 inches).

It dates circa 1880-1900.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #474426
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This antique cloisonne figure in the form of a Kylin or mythical beast measures about 12 inches long (head to tail), 8 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide. It dates from the 18th-19th century in China.

It is covered all over it's body with multicolored scales, outlined in gold. It also has outstanding gilded details. Its removable mane is still intact.

It is in outstanding condition, except for an extremely minor loss to the enamel on the tip of it's snout.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #560309
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This antique bracelet consists of eight old translucent white jade carvings of esteemed figures or Lohans set on gold or gilt silver backings and mounted together in sequence. Although known as white jade, the carvings are more of a very pale and translucent celadon color.

It measures 6 1/2 by 1 1/16 inches. It is in outstanding condition with no scratches, losses or chips to the jade or the mountings.

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 : Fine Art : Pre 1960 item #603898
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This original oil painting on masonite panel measures about 8 by 20 inches,unframed, and approximately 12 by 24 inches in it's simple frame.

It dates circa 1940-1960.

It is in excellent condition.

It is signed M.Moore with the artist's monogram / signature in the lower left corner. See closeup.

Biographical Information: Martha Elizabeth Moore (1913-1982)

Martha Moore was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1913. She studied at the Art Students League in New York with Frederick Bridgman and Frank Du Mond.Her outstanding work at the League earned her five scholarships.

She exhibited extensively and her paintings were awarded many prizes. She received the prestigious "Issac Maynard Portrait Prize" from the National Academy of Design. She exhibited at the Art League of Long Island, the Lorillard Wolfe Art Club,the American Artists Professional League and the Allied Artists of America.

She also exhibited with the American Water Color Society, the Audubon Artists, the Society of Independent Artists (1944) and numerous museum shows. Her paintings were also exhibited in England, the Scandinavian countries, South America, Mexico, France, Canada and Israel. She authored two books, "Prize Winning Paintings" and "Prize Winning Art"

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1940 item #82130 (stock #TR0106)
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This original oil painting measures 16 by 20 inches (19 X 23 with frame)

It is signed lower right, H.H. Woodward.

Hildegard H. Woodward is listed in Mallett's Index of American Artists (Boston 1934).

Hildegard H. Woodward was a Boston, Massachusetts artist who specialized in book illustrations. She first studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then completed her education in Paris, France.

She was introduced to the field of book illustration by the Boston illustrator, Marguerite Davis. Woodward completed her first illustrated children's book in 1931; Alice Dagliesh's, The Blue Teapot: Sandy Cove Stories.

Several years later Hildegard Woodward moved to New York City and was in constant demand for her illustrations from publishers there. She illustrated many more books by authors such as Elizabeth Coatsworth, Alice Dagliesh and Julia Bristol Bischoff.

She also received Caldecott Honor Book Citations for Roger and the Fox (1947) and The Wild Birthday Cake (1949), both written by Lavinia Riker Davis. Finally, Hildegard Woodward both authored and illustrated several books, the most notable being, Time Was (1941) and The House on Grandfather's Hill (1961).

Hildegard Woodward's art was not limited to children's books. She also illustrated a large number of works of adult humor and fiction.

Large collections of both her art and correspondence are located at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota.

Her works have sold at auction as recently as 2006 (see for specifics).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Pre 1920 item #105368 (stock #TR0180)
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It measures 7 1/2 inches long by 4 inches in diameter.

It has finely detailed silver work with leaf, bird and animal motifs. It also has mounted on it nine old turquoise and coral cabachons.

This antique conch horn appears to have been handled for generations as can be seen by the overall even wear on the heavy repousse silver detailing.

Conch horns are one of the earliest types of wind instruments . They have been used to make sound offerings in religious rites for hundreds of years. The conch shell is also one of the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism and is an integral part of many monastic rites and ceremonies.

Insured delivery is included within the United States.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1900 item #592819
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This antique bronze figure of a Buddha standing upon a turtle or tortoise measures 6 inches tall by 2 inches wide by about 5 inches in depth (nose to tail).

It dates from the 18th to 19th Century in India or Nepal (It may actually be somewhat earlier). It has silver inlaid eyes as can be found on antique Jain bronzes or bronzes from earlier periods.