All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #790516
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This antique Chinese filagree silver bracelet with rectangular barrel shaped jadeite insets measures 7 inches long (opened flat) by about one inch in width.

We estimate it's inside diameter when closed to be two inches across.

It is set with five rectangular jadeite cabachons with colors ranging from very pale green to a bright apple green to an emerald green in areas. These stones have a great deal of clarity or translucency to them. Stones with these colors are usually found set individually in custom made gold rings, rather than in an antique silver setting. The buyer will not be disappointed.

We estimate the bracelet to date circa 1900-1920.

The finely wrapped silver wire which forms most of the bracelet retains a large portion of it's original gilding on the front. The gilding has worn down to the silver on the reverse where it came into contact with skin for over 100 years, but the fine quality of the silver and the tight patterns remain.

It is in excellent condition, which is surprising, given that it was worn for about a century.

It has a small flat silver touch mark with "Chin Silver" on it, which may have been added later as it is not up to the quality of workmanship apparent on the rest of the bracelet.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Pre 1900 item #539040
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This ANTIQUE TURKOMAN SILVER CUFF BRACELET is set with eight flat cabachons or oval disks. It is unmarked, but guaranteed to be .900 silver or better. It measures 2 1/2 inches wide x 2 inches high by 2 3/4 inches long (interior measurements are 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches). The opening (with toothed ends) is 1 1/4 inch across (tooth to tooth). It dates circa 1880-1900. The silver is in good condition and this is a heavy silver piece. It doesn't feel hollow or filled as some of these are known to be. The cabachons are actually old drilled flat beads and five of the eight pieces have some damage or cracking where they were originally drilled for hanging as necklaces (see photos).

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 : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #630202
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This outstanding silver beaker measures 4 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter at the lip of the cup.

It is in excellent condition. It shows a few small repairs around the rim but they are extremely minor and to be expected on a piece of this age with so much hand detailing on it. It is covered overall with chiseled or engraved design motifs. There are eight panels with repeating leaf and floral designs.

Although we are labeling this as an Asian silver beaker, the style of the designs used leads us to believe that this could just as easily be a very old European beaker.

There are no hallmarks or country of origin marks on this wonderful old beaker.

We are dating this old silver beaker to the 18-19th Century, but it may actually be older. It is, of course guaranteed to be silver ( between .800-.950 in purity).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #630025
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This New Zealand Maori Jade Carved Hei Tiki measures 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches and is about 3/8 of an inch in thickness.

It dates from the early 20th century or even earlier.

It is carved from an outstanding piece of deep green jade with a small, lighter colored feather in between the eyes. The edges show translucence when held up to the light.

The third close up photo shows a somewhat similar carving with a much higher estimate that is an illustration in a recent book on Tribal art.

The illustration of another old jade tiki with a $6,000 -$10,000.00 estimate is only shown for comparison. It is not being offered here.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #133001 (stock #TR0223)
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Sold to Russia

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 : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #594873
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This antique cloisonne figure in the form of a mythical bird with a censor on it's back measures 11 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 7 inches in depth (head to tail).

It dates from the middle 19th century to the early 20th Century in China.

It is covered all over with multicolored archaic plant and animal symbols, outlined in gold.

It is in outstanding condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #302804
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This 19th century Japanese bronze figural group of turtles on rocks measures 8 inches tall by about 12 by 8 inches. It has multicolored patinas in gold and silver colors in addition to the normal overall grey green bronze patina.

It dates from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) or earlier.

It is in excellent condition and signed on the side.

Insured delivery is included within the US.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Prints : Pre 1960 item #898259
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This original woodblock print measures 8.5 by 11.5 inches (unmatted & unframed).

The subject is a Japanese geisha in a colorful kimono arranging flowers in a woven pot.

It is in excellent condition, with rich, vibrant colors.

It is signed, upper right (see the enlargement).

We are including the clean cut mat with this print, although we don't recommend using it again, but we will leave that to the buyer to decide. It may not be archival (acid free). There are no stains on this print, however. It's a beauty! Note: there is a tiny triangular remnant of tape in the upper left corner of the border. No problem, when re matted.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Coin : Pre 1960 item #504833
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A sterling silver cup with handle and animal engravings around upper half of field. It is signed on mark on bottom: SANBORN (within rectangular box). Condition is excellent with a few small areas of verdigris around bottom . Measurements: 2 1/2 inches diameter (3 1/2 inches with handle) by 2 inches tall.
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1940 item #95395 (stock #TR0155)
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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 : Pre 1800 item #786269
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Ching Dynasty Jade Carving of a lion.

This is a pale celadon - gray jade carving with striations along the left rear leg and areas of natural suffusion on the split ( bifurcated)tail.

It also has an area of apple green color on the underside of it's belly where it's heart would be. This color change helps to give it an almost life like quality.

This carved jade is in outstanding condition.

Subject is a stylized lion looking back over his shoulder, holding a Gui in his mouth.

Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 X 1 3/4 inches (60mm x 30mm x 35 mm)

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1083312
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Sold to Singapore

This Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figure of the God Mahakala measures 7.75 inches tall( 9.5 inches with stand) by 5.5 inches wide by approximately 3.75 inches in depth.

It dates to the 17th or 18th Century (circa 1600-1795).

It is outstanding condition and has almost all of it's original gilding. It also has much of it's original red coloration on the hair, mouth and religious artifact it carries.

It sits on a dark wooden stand.


Mahakala is a Dharmapala (a protector of dharma) in Vajrayana Buddhism, and also known as a deity in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, particularly in the Vajrayana school.

Mahakala is included in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

He is depicted in a number of variations, each with distinctly different qualities and aspects.

He is also considered to be one of the incarnations of Avalokiteshvara.

Mahakala is also known as Daheitian in China and Daikokuten in Japan.

Mahakala belongs to the fourth hierarchy of deities. In Hinduism, Mahakala is related to Shiva the saguna incarnation of Para Brahman.

Various Four-armed Mahakalas are considered to be the primary protectors of the Karma Kagyu, Drikung Kagyu and the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Mahakala is almost always depicted with a crown of five skulls, which represent the transmutation of the five negative afflictions into the five wisdoms.

This particularly detailed example of Mahakala has three heads looking in all directions and one more above the other three.

The gilded bronze is wearing a multi-headed necklace around it's waist and also a lion skin and a skull tiara.

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 : 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.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #725709
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This antique Chinese nephrite jade carving of a reclining lion licking his paw measures 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches tall by 1 3/4 to 2 inches in depth.

This carving is a greyish white to celadon color overall. It is accented in the crevices and low areas by brown oxidation.

The quality of the carving is exceptional and much nicer than the photos would indicate.

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 : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #828719
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This antique necklace consists of large (35 mm diameter) carved silver beads mixed with large (20 mm -25 mm diameter) Tibetan turquoise beads and finished with finely detailed silver end caps.

The large silver beads have carved auspicious symbols on them. The silver beads are hollow, but also thick and substantial. They were created in two pieces and put together at the widest point of the bead. They are hand tooled and, although unmarked ( as is a lot of silver from this area) they are of high quality (.800-900 or better). Full return privileges otherwise.

We estimate it to date primarily to the period of 1880-1920.

It is in excellent condition and weighs (both silver and turquoise) about 190 grams (over 6 troy ounces). It measures about 19 inches (48 mm) long stretched out end to end. This short strand with make an impressive choker.

NOTE: Our photos of the silver appear darker than they actually are. The silver is actually a nice even silver tone, not dark as if stored for some time. Not cleaned, just a lighter tone than the photos appear to be.